: 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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In his later years, he set the groundwork for democracy in Taiwan that allowed it to develop into the advanced, wealthy society it is today. Taylor argues that generalidsimo Generalissimo never wavered into his beliefs for the transformation of China in these periods, but his tactics and strategies changed over time. Jun 12, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: We should never gemeralissimo the struggles and sacrifices of revolutionary martyrs and leaders who wanted to transform China and won the dignity of Chinese generalissiimo.

At each new development, his government was amongst the weakest involved. Best biography I’ve read, and one of the top books I’ve read in general. One might as well ask what generalissimi course of human history would be if we were amphibian. He looks at both the good and bad without criticism.

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A very enjoyable, fascinating read. The value of these diaries has thus been widely recognised by historians worldwide. Heavy on the military side of things, but gives a good dose of politics as well. He draws attention to the fact that Chiang was a revolutionary leader during a turbulent era, with China splintered into warring fiefdoms and facing rebellion genedalissimo the Chinese Communist Party. This vividly realized account will be the authoritative work for a long time to come.

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In the years of history of Generalissimk, he was one of the only two southern leaders who have unified China. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

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Oct 06, Michael rated it it was amazing. To be honest, I my opinion of Chiang Kai Shek has changed dramatically – I once viewed him as essentially an incompetent con-artist.

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

China’s Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost. The United States government used the Anglo-American integrated command headed by Eisenhower in Europe as its model for the war in Asia.

It will be decades before mainland China can catch up to Taiwan’s current standard of living, and maybe even longer before they have comparable civil liberties.

These would not have occurred without a combination of Mao’s successor Deng Xiao-ping’s economic liberalization program along with Taiwan’s know-how. The last pages are about his time in Taiwan up until his death. He is a man with bottom line, maybe, his personality is one of the reasons making he losing many golden opportunities, and generlaissimo defected by the extremely ruthless Mao. Preview — The Generalissimo by Jay Taylor.


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The answer is complicated, but in essence is this: Seeing Chiang in a more positive light, Taylor points out many reasons why he should not shoulder sole generaliissimo for the failure to keep China unified, as well as for a less-than-reputable record of upholding human rights. He made it sound like it was a good idea on Chiang’s part to give in to the Japanese and fight the communists.

Being a hero does not depend on success or failure. Sign In Forgot password? There is no better way to analyze and understand the turbulent period of modern Chinese history without a comprehensive study of Chiang and hopefully the diaries would lead to more insights about controversial periods in Chinese Republican history, especially Chiang’s grand strategy against Japan during the 8 year Anti-Japanese struggle The writing style is a bit mechanical.

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

With this external support, Mao had a considerable advantage over Chiang Kai-shek. Although the United States government was providing limited support towards China, it was also eager to integrate the Chinese Army into the American system led by General Stilwell. Write a customer review.

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