The Chinese Journals of L.K. Little, 1943–54: An Eyewitness Account of War and Revolution, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Chinese Journals of L.K. Little, 1943–54

An Eyewitness Account of War and Revolution, 1st Edition

Edited by Chihyun Chang

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Lester Knox Little kept a detailed journal of his time in China and Taiwan. Covering the years 1943 to 1954 it provides important new insights about some of the most dramatic episodes in China’s mid-twentieth century history: Sino-Japanese military and economic competition, China’s domestic political struggle between the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) and the Chinese Communist Party, and the post-war/Cold War balance of power in Southeast and East Asia. It also contains rich first-hand materials for understanding conditions in Chongqing and post-war Shanghai, the last years of the Republic of China on the Chinese mainland and its early years in Taiwan, and a new inner history of his beloved Chinese Maritime Customs Service.

Little’s account, with his insightful comments and explicit descriptions, provides us with a continuous record from the viewpoint of a capable American citizen in Chinese employ who felt responsible for his Chinese and foreign colleagues and for the modernisation of ‘Free China’, as well as allowing a unique insight into the heart of government during a time of intense social and political change. In addition to the original texts, this edition includes extensive explanatory notes providing detailed contextual information regarding the people and places mentioned.

Reviews

Lester Little, the last chief of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, was a close observer of the death throes of a cosmopolitan Nationalist China and the emergence of a Cold War East Asia. Determined to the best for his staff and shepherd the Service through a period of intense upheaval, Little recorded his impressions of many leading figures as well as key moments as the world in which he served in high office came apart at the seams. Carefully edited, comprehensively annotated, and thoughtfully introduced, all historians of modern China and of the emergence of the USA as a world power will be grateful to Dr Chang Chih-yun's painstaking efforts to make the Little diary available in convenient form. It provides us with a rich and intimate record of one of the great shifts in Chinese and world history.'Lester Little, the last chief of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, was a close observer of the death throes of a cosmopolitan Nationalist China and the emergence of a Cold War East Asia. Determined to the best for his staff and shepherd the Service through a period of intense upheaval, Little recorded his impressions of many leading figures as well as key moments as the world in which he served in high office came apart at the seams. Carefully edited, comprehensively annotated, and thoughtfully introduced, all historians of modern China and of the emergence of the USA as a world power will be grateful to Dr Chang Chih-yun's painstaking efforts to make the Little diary available in convenient form. It provides us with a rich and intimate record of one of the great shifts in Chinese and world history. Hans van de Ven (Professor of History, Cambridge)

Table of Contents

Volume I: The Chinese Journals of L.K. Little, 1943-54, Volume II: The Chinese Journals of L.K. Little, 1943-54, Volume III: The Chinese Journals of L.K. Little, 1943-54

About the Editor

Chihyun Chang is Research Fellow in the School of Humanities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

About the Series

The Making of Modern China

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS008000
HISTORY / Asia / China
HIS031000
HISTORY / Revolutionary
HIS037070
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HIS054000
HISTORY / Social History
POL005000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
POL010000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory