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China’s War with Japan, 1937–1945: the struggle for survival

27 October 2014

China’s War with Japan, 1937–1945: the struggle for survival

China’s War with Japan, 1937–1945: the struggle for survival, Rana Mitter, 2013, ISBN 978-0-141-03145-3, 456 pp.

China's War with Japan: 1937–1945 the struggle for survival by Rana Mitter

China’s War with Japan: 1937–1945 the struggle for survival by Rana Mitter

In the Usual Penguin Press style Mitter’s book is deliciously compact. The book’s knowing handful not only addresses China’s pivotal, though unheralded in the Western World, role during World War II but its history since Sun Yat-sen united China into the country we know today — incredibly only around a century ago as before then it was an assemblage of provinces.

The struggle for control by three Chinese power centers is illustrated quite well and quite clearly by Mitter which is no easy task since it involves understanding the psychology of the participants.

Mitter concludes with a discussion of how China view of the world is influenced by the continuing lack of recognition for its contribution of keeping an Asian front open occupying the Imperial Japanese forces and keeping them out of the Pacific Theater of Operations as well as fighting World War II years longer than Western Europe. Mitter reminds us that World War II did not begin with Nazi Germany invading Poland late in 1939 as most of us have been taught.

This book is comprehensive and an academic tool with its compete bibliography, foot notes and index. Mitter’s fluid and organized writing is unsurpassed and is the best way to tell the tale of  China’s intricately complicated (often the Chinese way) history and aids the reader in better understanding World War II in regard to Japanese and Allied strategies. Mitter also intrigues with his interpretation for  China’s modern-day behaviour as well.

 

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