12 War Continues (1945-1949)
Excerpt from China’s Destiny by Chiang Kai-shek, 1943
Excerpt from “Manifesto of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army” by Mao Zedong, 1947
Excerpt from General George Marshall’s “Personal Statement by the Special Representative of the President,” 1947
Letter to the Editor by Ding Keshan, March 30, 1948
Excerpts from a survey sponsored by the North American Chinese Students Christian Association, 1948
“Dead Water,” a poem by Wen Yiduo, 1928
Excerpt from Wen Yiduo’s speech at the memorial service for Li Gongbu, 1946
Woodblock prints by Li Hua, 1946–1948
Excerpts from reports and writings related to land reform leading up to the founding of the People’s Republic of China, 1946–1948
“The People’s Liberation Army Captures Nanjing,” a poem by Mao Zedong, 1949
Further information and questions related to wood block prints (Activity 7)
Birns, Jack. Assignment, Shanghai: Photographs on the Eve of Revolution. Ed. Carolyn Wakeman and Ken Light. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.
Chiang Kai-shek. China’s Destiny. Translated by Wang Chung-hui. New York: MacMillan, 1947.
Written in 1943, while China was still fighting the Japanese, this is Chiang’s vision for his country.
Mao Zedong. Selected Works of Mao Zedong. Beijing: Foreign Language Press, 1967.
Volume 4 covers the period of the Civil War. This series includes many interesting, provocative speeches and essays. Writings of Mao are also available online at http://marx2mao.com/Mao/Index.html.
Pepper, Suzanne. Civil War in China: The Political Struggle, 1945–1949. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.
Snow, Edgar. Red Star Over China. New York: Grove Press, 1993.
A U.S. journalist’s account of Chinese Communist movement and its leadership until the late 1930s. Originally published in 1937.
Spence, Jonathan D. Mao Zedong. New York: Viking, 1999.
An overview of China’s Communist government from 1949–1989.
A timeline of Chinese domestic politics and foreign relations between China, the Soviet Union, and the United States from 1945–1949.
Information about Lu Xun and Chinese woodcut art of the early twentieth century that was used as a form of protest.
China, A Century of Revolution, Part 1: China in Revolution: 1911–1949 (120 mins; 1997 & 2007)
This documentary provides footage of the Republican Period and interviews with Chinese people who lived through this era.
Mao Tse Tung: China’s Peasant Emperor (50 mins; 2005)
Archival film and images of Mao’s life.