Based mainly on Russian and Chinese archival sources that have become available only since the early 1990s, the authors of this collection explore the main aspects of the Chinese Revolution in the crucial period of the 1920s, such as the United Front policy, the development of communism, the Guomindang perspective, institutional issues and social movements. The various approaches and interpretative methods employed by the contributors from seven countries have resulted in a collection of articles representing four very different and until now almost independent discourses: the European, the American, the Chinese, and the Russian.
Mechthild Leutner is Professor of Sinology at the Free University of Berlin and Editor-in-Chief of the Berliner China-Hefte (Berlin China Magazine).
Roland Felber, former Professor of Chinese History at the Humboldt-University in Berlin, was the author of many books and articles on the history of China, the intellectual history of China in the 19th and 20th century and on the history of the relationship between China and Germany. M.L. Titarenko is Director of the Institute of the Far East at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Editorial Board member of Problemi Dal'nego Vostoka (Far Eastern Affairs), and board member of the Russian Association of Sinologists.
A.M. Grigoriev is Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and Editor-in-Chief of Problemi Dal'nego Vostoka (Far Eastern Affairs).