Many books have tried to analyze the reasons for the Chinese
communist success in China's 1945_1949 civil war, but Suzanne
Pepper's seminal work was the first and remains the only
comprehensive analysis of how the ruling Nationalists lost that
war_not just militarily, but by alienating the civilian population
through corruption and incompetence. Now available in a new
edition, this authoritative investigation of Kuomintang failure and
communist success explores the new research and archival resources
available for assessing this pivotal period in contemporary Chinese
history. Even more relevant today given the contemporary debates in
Hong Kong and Taiwan over the terms of reunification with a
communist-led national government in Beijing, this book is
essential reading for anyone seeking a nuanced understanding of
twentieth-century Chinese politics.
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