The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution

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    Harold Robert Isaacs

    Publisher: Haymarket Books

    Year: 2010

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 550 pages

    ISBN: 9781931859844

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The story of contemporary China typically dates back to Mao’s 1949 revolution. But in this classic work, Harold R. Isaacs uncovers how workers and peasants struggled for a different kind of revolution, one built from the bottom up, in the 1920s. The defeat of their heroic efforts profoundly shaped the further course of modern Chinese history.

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“This is an excellent narrative: it is clear, exciting, and well-balanced in evidence and interpretation. Isaacs provides a detailed yet highly digestible account of the 1925-27 revolution, its roots, and its consequences. The book... successfully counters the tendency for the 1949 divide to ‘flatten[s] the jagged course of history into an uninformative curve that hides from us too much of the meaning of both past and present.’” Sigrid Schmalzer, Assistant Professor of History University of Massachusetts, Amherst

About the Author

Harold R. Isaacs was a writer and long-time student of Chinese affairs. The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution, his first book, was based largely on long hidden original historical documents and has been recognized for many years as preserving the historical truth that would otherwise have been erased by the revolution’s betrayers. Isaacs’s loyalty was not to a party or ideology but to the “martyrs” to whom he dedicated his work and the millions who fought for a more just and humane Chinese society.

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