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China 1945 [electronic resource] : Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice. Richard Bernstein.

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  • ISBN: 9780385353519 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Date Published: 2014.

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Summary, etc.: A riveting account of a watershed moment in history: when America's struggles with the despotic Chiang Kai-shek and the manipulative, ascendant Mao Zedong altered the course of East-West relations.As 1945 opened, America was on surprisingly congenial terms with Mao and his Communist rebels. But by year's end Communist diplomacy had all but frozen and America was resigned to unqualified support for China's Allied leader, General Chiang Kai-Shek, despite growing certainty that Mao was China's heir apparent-a political allegiance whose consequences would echo down the subsequent decades, most violently in the form of the Korean and Vietnam wars. What happened? Richard Bernstein brilliantly analyzes the many components of that year's sea change, from ideological infighting among U.S. diplomats, military leaders, and opinion makers, to Mao's opportunistic presentations of identity and ambition, to China's status as the crucible of a new world order, in which Soviet...
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. New York : Vintage, 2014. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 7644 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Subject: Nonfiction.
Genre: Electronic books.

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