Accidental Holy Land: The Communist Revolution in Northwest China (Paperback)

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Yan'an is China's "revolutionary holy land," the heart of Mao Zedong's Communist movement from 1937 to 1947. Based on thirty years of archival and documentary research and numerous field trips to the region, Joseph W. Esherick's book examines the origins of the Communist revolution in Northwest China, from the political, social, and demographic changes of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), to the intellectual ferment of the early Republic, the guerrilla movement of the 1930s, and the replacement of the local revolutionary leadership after Mao and the Center arrived in 1935. In Accidental Holy Land, Esherick compels us to consider the Chinese Revolution not as some inevitable peasant response to poverty and oppression, but as the contingent product of local, national, and international events in a constantly changing milieu.

About the Author

Joseph W. Esherick is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego. He is author of The Origins of the Boxer Uprising (UC Press), Ancestral Leaves (UC Press), and other works on modern Chinese history. In 2021, Esherick received an award for Distinguished Contributions for China Studies from The World Forum on China Studies.

Praise For…

"This authoritative account of the pre-Yan’an period should be required for any serious student of China’s socialist revolution and will appeal to a general readership interested in the serpentine route the Communist Party took to power."
— Pacific Affairs

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520385320
ISBN-10: 0520385322
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2022
Pages: 346
Language: English