To understand the Chinese military, and thereby the dynamics of China’s peacetime army, one must understand its organizational system. To that end, Harvey Nelsen has written a book that examines in detail the entire organization of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Dr. Nelsen studies the PLA from top to bottom. Throughout, he challenges the widely held theory that military politics in China are largely determined by personal relations among officers and that the PLA is more a civic-action army than are most military organizations. Important as a purely military study, this book is valuable also for the light it sheds on the whole of Chinese bureaucratic politics. This second edition has been revised to reflect changes that have occurred since the death of Chairman Mao as well as to incorporate new information about the Chinese military and political system during Mao’s reign.
Also of Interest -- Preface to the Second Edition -- Preface to the First Edition -- An Overview of the Military System -- The Military Administration in the Provinces and Regional Forces -- The High Command -- The Army’s Main Forces -- Military Life -- Air and Naval Forces -- Paramilitary Forces: The Militia and Production-Construction Corps -- China’s Quest for Security -- Conclusion -- Epilogue to the Second Edition: 1977–1980 -- Appendix