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.

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Red Army. The blank side of these handbills was used later for printing Red Army propaganda. P’eng was very fond of children, I noticed, and he was often followed by a group of them. Many youngsters, who acted as mess boys, buglers, orderlies, and grooms, were organized as regular units of the Red Army, in the groups called Shao-nien Hsien-feng-tui, or Young Vanguards. I often saw P’eng seated with two or three “little Red devils,” talking seriously to them about politics or their personal

been given their choice. The rest had been turned over to the soldiers to use as prostitutes. They had been told that these women were ‘bandit wives,’ and therefore they could do what they liked with them. “Many of the young men in those districts had joined the Red Army, but many of those who remained behind, and even some of the old men, tried to kill the White officers for these crimes. Those who protested were all shot as Communists. The survivors told us that many fights had occurred among

accompanied by a muleteer, it was already past four in the afternoon. Before leaving, I ventured to pay Mr. Liu for his food, but he indignantly refused. “You are a foreign guest,” he explained, “and you have business with our Chairman, Mao. Moreover, your money is no good.” Glancing at the bill I held out to him, he asked, “Haven’t you any soviet money?” When I replied in the negative, he counted out a dollar’s worth of soviet paper notes. “Here—you will need this on the road.” Mr. Liu

that he considered this defeat ‘the greatest humiliation’ in his life. Ch’en Ch’eng did not favor pushing the campaign. He told people then that in his opinion fighting the Reds was a ‘lifetime job’ and a ‘life sentence.’ Reports of this coming to Chiang Kai-shek, he removed Ch’en Ch’eng from the high command. “For his fifth and last campaign, Chiang Kai-shek mobilized nearly one million men and adopted new tactics and strategy. Already, in the Fourth Campaign, Chiang had, on the recommendation

only Communist-ruled nation in the world besides the U.S.S.R. Everything written about the southern soviets by foreigners was therefore secondary material. But a few salient points seemed now confirmable from accounts both friendly and inimical, and these clearly indicated the basis of the Red Army’s support. Land was redistributed and taxes were lightened. Collective enterprise was established on a wide scale; by 1933 there were more than 1,000 soviet cooperatives in Kiangsi alone. Unemployment,

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