Dilemmas of Victory

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-15
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
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This illuminating work examines the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of the Communist takeover of China. Instead of dwelling on elite politics and policy-making processes, Dilemmas of Victory seeks to understand how the 1949-1953 period was experienced by various groups, including industrialists, filmmakers, ethnic minorities, educators, rural midwives, philanthropists, stand-up comics, and scientists.A stellar group of authors that includes Frederic Wakeman, Elizabeth Perry, Sherman Cochran, Perry Link, Joseph Esherick, and Chen Jian shows that the Communists sometimes achieved a remarkably smooth takeover, yet at other times appeared shockingly incompetent. Shanghai and Beijing experienced it in ways that differed dramatically from Xinjiang, Tibet, and Dalian. Out of necessity, the new regime often showed restraint and flexibility, courting the influential and educated. Furthermore, many policies of the old Nationalist regime were quietly embraced by the new Communist rulers.Based on previously unseen archival documents as well as oral histories, these lively, readable essays provide the fullest picture to date of the early years of the People's Republic, which were far more pluralistic, diverse, and hopeful than the Maoist decades that followed.

Author Biography

Jeremy Brown is Assistant Professor of History, Simon Fraser University. Paul G. Pickowicz is Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and inaugural holder of the UC San Diego Modern Chinese History Endowed Chair.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Early Years of the People's Republic of China: An Introductionp. 1
Urban Takeoverp. 19
"Cleanup": The New Order in Shanghaip. 21
Masters of the Country? Shanghai Workers in the Early People's Republicp. 59
New Democracy and the Demise of Private Charity in Shanghaip. 80
Occupying the Peripheryp. 103
From Resisting Communists to Resisting America: Civil War and Korean War in Southwest China, 1950-51p. 105
The Chinese Communist "Liberation" of Tibet, 1949-51p. 130
Big Brother Is Watching: Local Sino-Soviet Relations and the Building of New Dalian 1945-55p. 160
The Call of the Oases: The "Peaceful Liberation" of Xinjiang, 1949-53p. 184
The Culture of Accommodationp. 205
The Crocodile Bird: Xiangsheng in the Early 1950sp. 207
"The Very First Lesson": Teaching about Human Evolution in Early 1950s Chinap. 232
Acting Like Revolutionaries: Shi Hui, the Wenhua Studio, and Private-Sector Filmmaking, 1949-52p. 256
Creating "New China's First New-Style Regular University," 1949-50p. 288
Family Strategiesp. 309
The Ye Family in New Chinap. 311
Birthing Stories: Rural Midwives in 1950s Chinap. 337
Capitalists Choosing Communist China: The Liu Family of Shanghai, 1948-56p. 359
Notesp. 387
Contributorsp. 445
Indexp. 449
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