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China at War

Triumph and Tragedy in the Emergence of the New China

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674983502

Publication Date: 02/12/2018


368 pages

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

North America only

This is one of the best [books on China] I’ve seen in recent years… An exceptionally rich work of history, wary of moral posturing, unusually subtle, and beautifully written.—John Wilson, First Things

Van de Ven’s book challenges contemporary memory by not only returning to the ‘war within the war,’ but also reclaiming war as a medium of politics. In doing so, his sensitive account recovers the Communist Party’s ‘People’s War’ (or ‘National Liberation War’ in van de Ven’s words), rather than Nationalist anti-fascism, as China’s most consequential legacy from World War II.—John B. Thompson, The Los Angeles Review of Books

China in the twentieth century was as much at war with itself as with Japan and, in Korea, with the United States. In this outstanding account of modern China through the lens of war, van de Ven narrates this history with immense clarity, while also taking care to show how the violence of these decades shaped, and often consumed, the lives of individual Chinese fated to live in difficult times.—Timothy Brook, author of Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China

A masterful narrative of the fifteen long years of war during which China was destroyed and transformed. For readers interested in military history on a global scale who may or may not have much knowledge of modern Chinese history, this book will become a classic of its kind.—Stephen MacKinnon, Arizona State University

China at War is far superior to any comparable treatment I have seen. Sober, comprehensive, and well written, it is a book that will last.—Arthur Waldron, University of Pennsylvania

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