Red Star over China: The Classic Account of the Birth of Chinese Communism

Red Star over China: The Classic Account of the Birth of Chinese Communism

Language: English

Pages: 544

ISBN: 0802150934

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The first Westerner to meet Mao Tse-tung and the Chinese Communist leaders in 1936, Edgar Snow came away with the first authorized account of Mao’s life, as well as a history of the famous Long March and the men and women who were responsible for the Chinese revolution. Out of that experience came Red Star Over China, a classic work that remains one of the most important books ever written about the birth of the Communist movement in China. This edition includes extensive notes on military and political developments in China, further interviews with Mao Tse-tung, a chronology covering 125 years of Chinese revolution, and nearly a hundred detailed biographies of the men and women who were instrumental in making China what it is today.





















for him to pass down the street one day, and threw a bomb at him. The bomb failed to explode. P’eng escaped. Not long afterwards Dr. Sun Yat-sen became Generalissimo of the allied armies of the Southwest, and succeeded in defeating Tuchun Hu, but was subsequently driven out of Hunan again by the northern militarists. P’eng fled with Sun’s army. Sent upon a mission of espionage by Ch’eng Ch’ien, one of Sun’s commanders, P’eng returned to Changsha, was betrayed and arrested. Chang Ching-yao was

Generalissimo agreed that when he next came to Sian he would explain his plans and strategy to the Tungpei division generals in detail. The Young Marshal returned to await impatiently his superior’s second visit. Before Chiang arrived, however, two occurrences intervened which further antagonized the Northwest. The first of these was the signing of the German-Japanese anti-Communist agreement, and Italy’s unofficial adherence thereto. Italy had already tacitly recognized Japan’s conquest of

CMT. Po Ku was elected general secretary of the CCP CC and PB. In the protracted struggle between “Moscow-oriented” and “native” Marxists for dominance in the Chinese Party leadership (which reflected differences over the relative importance of the cities and the countryside in the conquest of power) Po Ku personified the former and Mao Tse-tung the latter. For a brief chronological digest of events of that struggle see Part Four, Chapter 6, note 3. At the end of the Long March Po Ku continued

Teng worked in the Shanghai Party underground until 1929. He then formed the Seventh Red Army at Lungchow, Kwangsi. “The Lungchow Soviet had relations with the Annamites [Vietnamese] who began the worker-peasant rebellion in 1930. French airplanes bombed Lungchow and we shot one down,” Teng told the author in 1936. Combined French and Nationalist forces destroyed the Lungchow soviet movement, as well as the Vietnamese forces, but the latter maintained ties with the Chinese guerrillas. With

of the soviets, which arose from the wreckage of the revolution and struggled to build a victory out of defeat. He continued: “On August 1, 1927, the Twentieth Army, under Ho Lung and Yeh T’ing, and in cooperation with Chu Teh, led the historic Nanchang Uprising,3 and the beginning of what was to become the Red Army was organized. A week later, on August 7, an extraordinary meeting [Emergency Conference] of the Central Committee of the Party deposed Ch’en Tu-hsiu as secretary. I had been a

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