: The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China (): Jay Taylor: Books. By Jay Taylor. Belknap. pp. $ Chiang Kai-shek ranks as one of the most despised leaders of the 20th century. Famously derided as. Hadrian said: This new revisionist biography of the Generalissimo draws from new Jay Taylor has revisited the western treatment of Chiang Kai-shek in The.

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Aug 02, Kelvin Hsu rated gneralissimo it was amazing. One of the most momentous stories of the last century is China’s rise from a self-satisfied, anti-modern, decaying society into a global power that promises to one day rival the United States. Read it if you are interested in Chinese history or Taiwanese history or famous political figures.

Jay Taylor, The Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China

Chiang Taypor and the Struggle for Modern Chinachallenges the catechism on which generations of Americans have been weaned. The other is Jay Taylor has done a good job in handling such a complicated personality. He looks at both the gneeralissimo and bad without criticism. As a revolutionary, he kept his faith in Sun, Yi-Xian’s dream of modernize China. Playing a key role in the cold war with China, Chiang suppressed opposition with his “white terror,” controlled inflation and corruption, carried out land reform, and raised personal income, health, and educational levels on the island.

Now, Jay Taylor has provided us with a strong, vivid, and eminently readable biography of this major twentieth-century leader that captures his ‘life and times’ better than any previous work in English.

These figures are interwoven into the fabric of China’s modernity, and it is difficult to enter into a story of Chiang Kai-shek without being first acquainted with the struggles the earlier generation of Chinese republicans underwent — the humiliations of western imperialism capitalist exploitation, as embodied by the British, American, French and German Treaty Ports; ideological infiltration from China’s ‘Big Brother’ to the north, Soviet Russia ; the backwardness, conservatism and foreignness of the Qing a dynastic rule that originated in northern Manchuria, and which was therefore never entirely viewed as legitimate by large swaths of the ethnic Chinese populationthen already on a downward slope of inexorable decay; the cultural awe and envy that China experienced as it watched its smaller Asian sister nation, Japan, as a result of its Meiji Restoration, explode economically, technologically, and militarily onto the world stage in the 19th century.


The Generalissimo

generalissimmo To view it, click here. Want to Read saving…. Generalisslmo the same time, the chances of a successful attack by the North Korean Army against the unprepared and much weaker army of the Republic of South Korea appeared high.

This, in turn, would likely have meant that the Vietnam war would never have taken place communist north Vietnam was aided substantially by communist Chinawould have greatly changed the dynamic of the Korea war since Manchuria borders North Korea, it is still likely that the Chinese communists would have intervened in generalisaimo war – but with them only controlling a fraction of the country, the willingness of the American’s to “take the war to China” may have been much higher.

If Kim had not attacked the South in and instead Mao had launched his junk armada against Taiwan in June, almost certainly the Truman administration would not have intervened to save Chiang Kai-shek.

American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. Chiang emerges as a flesh-and-blood man rather than the buffoonish cardboard-cutout figure he has generally been portrayed as.

Except for those written in that were lost due to the civil war, the remainder are intact. However, he had geneeralissimo nasty propaganda problem, with the Japanese issuing documents without sources saying he was a proto-fascist, and the Soviets gave massive amounts of covert aid to the CCP.


He clearly foresaw the futility of US troops fighting in Vietnam but remained implacably anti-Communist and at least in public always in favor of going on the offensive. As such, when I first saw this book in the store I was a little intimidated and worried I might not finish it.

With this external support, Mao had a considerable advantage generallssimo Chiang Kai-shek. Slavery after Rome, — It barely mentions martial law and the white terror.

A modernist as well as a neo-Confucianist, Chiang was a man of war who led the most ancient and populous country in the world through a quarter century of bloody revolutions, civil conflict, and wars of resistance against Japanese aggression. Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China.

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Tens of millions of dead and decades of suppression later, it now seems that China is coming around, not to Mao’s vision, but to Chiang’s. He draws attention to the fact that Chiang was a revolutionary leader during a turbulent era, with Taypor splintered into warring fiefdoms and facing rebellion from the Chinese Communist Party.

It’s a meaty meal. However, for personality, I admire Chiang.

The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China by Jay Taylor

My first comment is that while I have read many books about China’s “century of change” – i. He is portrayed here as an ascetic, generalisismo, determined, but also a man who cried easily. Well written, extremely insightful and engaging. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Taiwan had no such aircraft.