This history provides the first book-length study and the first county-level analysis of social and political change in the Taihang Base Area during the key years of the War of Resistance to Japan. David S. G. Goodman explores revolution as process, arguing that the CCP was successful because of its management of revolutionary incrementalism. In particular, he examines the roles and interactions of urban intellectuals, teachers, and peasant small-holders as agents of change. Based on newly available documents and interviews, this meticulously researched work deepens our understanding of the social and political origins of the Chinese revolution by considering how both the rural population and the party adapted within that process.
David S. G. Goodman is director of the Institute for International Studies, University of Technology, Sydney. He is the co-editor of North China at War (Rowman & Littlefield).
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Revolutionary Process Part 2 Part I: Political Order Chapter 3 Base Area and Border Region Chapter 4 Liaoxian: The Administrative Center Chapter 5 Wuxiang: Military Affairs and Mobilization Chapter 6 Licheng: Food and Factories Part 7 Part II: Social Reform Chapter 8 The Revolutionary Imperative Chapter 9 Liaoxian: Land and Social Reform Chapter 10 Wuxiang: Radical Politics and Revolutionary Conflict Chapter 11 Licheng: Resistance and Rebellion Chapter 12 Conclusion: Revolution in Southeast Shanxi