The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution
The story of contemporary China typically dates back to Mao’s 1949 revolution. But in this classic work, Harold R Isaacs uncovers how workers and peasants struggled for a different kind of revolution, one built from the bottom up, ini the 1920s. The defeat of their heroic efforts profoundly shaped the further course of modern Chinese history.
"Isaacs’s book represents a scientific work from beginning to end. It is based on a conscientious study of a vast number of original sources and supplementary material…. The author of this book tries to deduce the character of the Chinese Revolution not froma prioridefinitions adn not from historical analogies, but from the living structure of Chinese society and from the dynamics of its inner forces. In this lies the chief methodological value of the book. The reader will carry away not only a better-knit picture of the march of events but – what is more important – will learn to understand their social mainsprings." -From the introduction by Leon Trotsky
Harold R Isaacswas a writer and long-time student of Chinese affairs.The Tragedy, his first book, was based largely on long hidden original historical documents and has been recognized for many years as preserving the historical truth that would otherwise have been erased by the revolution’s betrayers. Isaacs’s loyalty was not to a party or ideology but to the ‘martyrs" to whom he dedicated his work and to the millions who fought for a more just and humane Chinese society.