China's War with Japan, 1937-1945 by Rana Mitter
The Struggle for Survival

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Mitter's book is enlivened by extracts from the writing of Chinese people who endured the war and also from many interesting foreigners who reported from wartime China.
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In Rana Mitter's tense, moving and hugely important book, the war between China and Japan - one of the most important struggles of the Second World War - at last gets the masterly history it deserves. Different countries give different opening dates for the period of the Second World War, but perhaps the most compelling is 1937, when the 'Marco Polo Bridge Incident' plunged China and Japan into a conflict of extraordinary duration and ferocity - a war which would result in many millions of deaths and completely reshape East Asia in ways which we continue to confront today. With great vividness and narrative drive Rana Mitter's new book draws on a huge range of new sources to recreate this terrible conflict. He writes both about the major leaders (Chiang Kaishek, Mao Zedong and Wang Jingwei) and about the ordinary people swept up by terrible times. Mitter puts at the heart of our understanding of the Second World War that it was Japan's failure to defeat China which was the key dynamic for what happened in Asia. Reviews: "Rana Mitter's history of the Sino-Japanese War is not only a very important book, it also has a wonderful clarity of thought and prose which make it a pleasure to read". (Antony Beevor). "The best study of China's war with Japan written in any language ...comprehensive, thoroughly based on research, and totally non-partisan. Above all, the book presents a moving account of the Chinese people's incredible suffering...A must read for anyone interested in the origins of China's contribution to the making of today's world". (Akira Iriye). About the author: Rana Mitter is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Cross College. He is the author of A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World. He is a regular presenter of Night Waves on Radio 3.
 

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Rana Mitter is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Cross College. He is the author of A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World. He is a regular presenter of Night Waves on Radio 3.
 
Published January 1, 2013 by Allen Lane. 480 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War.
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Delia Davin on Jun 29 2013

Mitter's book is enlivened by extracts from the writing of Chinese people who endured the war and also from many interesting foreigners who reported from wartime China.

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Reviewed by Richard Overy on Jun 06 2013

Now, for the first time, it is possible to assess the impact of the war on Chinese society...It is a remarkable story, told with humanity and intelligence; all historians of the second world war will be in Mitter's debt.

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Reviewed by Martin Jacques on Jul 05 2013

...his book fails to offer a convincing explanation of why Mao was ultimately successful. This is a shame because the Chinese Communist party is historically far more important than Chiang’s Nationalists...

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