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The outpouring of materials from Chinese Communist, Russian, Chinese Nationalist, and American sources in recent years has greatly enlarged our knowledge of Chinese politics. Using these new materials, Mr. Thornton presents a detailed account of the internecine struggle for power within the Chinese Communist Party from its origins in 1917 through 1972. Among other things, he traces the maneuvers by which Mao Tse-tung secured and held his pre-eminent position, and the ways in which Chinese internal politics were influenced by the behavior of Russia, Japan, and the United States. Over what issues were the Chinese Communists divided from one another and from the Soviet Communists? To what extent was the Chinese Communist Party under the thumb of the Russians in the early days? What led to the later rift in Sino- Soviet relations? To these and other questions Thornton gives controversial but well documented answers. This book is bound to arouse discussion among students of Chinese Communism as well as of Russian and American policy.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Epigraph
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Part 1. The Origin and Development of Chinese Communism, 1917-1941
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  1. I To Build a Communist Movement in China, 1917-1927
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  1. II The "Soviet" Experiment, 1927-1931
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  1. III Defeat in Kiangsi, 1931-1934
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  1. IV From the Long March to the United Front, 1934-1937
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  1. V The Road to War, 1937-1941
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  1. Part II. The American Experience in China, 1941-1949
  2. pp. 125-126
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  1. VI World War II, the United States and China, 1941-1944
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  1. VII The United States, the Soviet Union, and China, 1945
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  1. VIII Strategies in Conflict, 1946-1949
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  1. Part III. The Sino-Soviet Relationship, 1949-1972
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  1. IX The Soviet Union and the Chinese People's Republic, 1949-1959
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  1. X The Polarization of Communist Politics, 1959-1965
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  1. XI The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution I: The Mounting Crisis, 1965-1967
  2. pp. 269-299
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  1. XII The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution II: Protracted Crisis, 1967-1968
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  1. XIII China, the Unsettled Dragon, 1969-1972
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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