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Village China at War

The Impact of Resistance to Japan, 1937-1945

Forged in the furnace of the anti-Japanese war, Chinese communism first took root in the North, later expanding to conquer all of China. The nature of this explosive growth remains disputed. Dagfinn Gatu examines issues that have so far not received comprehensive treatment. In the North China regions, the CCP secured most of its recruits and its policy programmes were most severely tested by Japanese military campaigns. The CCP movement in these regions had a broad, if uneven, redistributive impact on power resources. These conditions lead to a structural fluidity that lowered the barriers to a future revolution.

528 pages

Table of Contents

Conventions and Abbreviations


1. Introduction

2. The Phonology of Pekingese

3. Late Middle Chinese

4. The Sources of Early Middle Chinese

5. Reconstruction of Early Middle Chinese

Appendix I: A Comparison of EMC and LMC with Karlgren's "Ancient Chinese"

Appendix II: Reconstruction of Early Mandarin -- The Zhongyuan yinyun


A. Primary Sources

B. Secondary Works Cited

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