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The Generalissimo

Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China

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$23.50 • £18.95 • €21.00

ISBN 9780674060494

Publication Date: 04/30/2011


752 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

41 halftones, 4 maps

Belknap Press


  • List of Maps
  • Acknowledgments
  • Note on Romanization
  • Prologue
  • I. Revolution
    • 1. A Neo-Confucian Youth
    • 2. The Northern Expedition and Civil War
    • 3. The Nanking Decade
  • II. War of Resistance
    • 1. The Long War Begins
    • 2. Chiang and His American Allies
    • 3. The China Theater
    • 4. Yalta, Manchuria, and Postwar Strategy
  • III. Civil War
    • 1. Chimera of Victory
    • 2. The Great Failure
  • IV. The Island
    • 1. Streams in the Desert
    • 2. Managing the Protector
    • 3. Shifting Dynamics
    • 4. Nixon and the Last Years
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • Honorable Mention, 2010 Bernard Schwartz Book Award, Asia Society
  • 2010 Lionel Gelber Prize, Lionel Gelber Foundation, Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and Foreign Policy
  • A Financial Times Best History Book of 2009
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