Concentrating on a transitional epoch, 1927–1949, when China was at the crossroads of revolution, this book analyzes the Kuomintang's inherent weaknesses as a revolutionary force and the Communists' success in the quest for new formulas to guide the modernization movement.
Introduction: China at the Crossroads, 1927–1949 Part 1: The Nationalists, 1927–1937: A Case Study of Revolutionary Failure 1. Factional Politics in Kuomintang China, 1928–1937: An Interpretation 2. The New Life Movement before the Sino-Japanese Conflict: A Reflection of Kuomintang Limitations in Thought and Action 3. Agrarian Reform in Nationalist China: The Case of Rent Reduction in Chekiang, 1927–1937 4. China's Vulnerability to Japanese Imperialism: The Anti-Japanese Boycott of 1931–1932 Part 2: Sinkiang and Szechwan in the Era of Japanese Aggression 5. Regionalism and Central Power: Sheng Shih-ts'ai in Sinkiang, 1933–1944 6. The Kuomintang and Rural China in the War of Resistance, 1937–1945 Part 3: The Communists, 1927–1949: In Search of Revolutionary Models 7. The Origins of Communist and Soviet Movements in China 8. Chinese Communist Land Reform and Peasant Mobilization, 1946–1948