Focusing on Chinese elite women as a special socio-political group, this book places the sophisticated networks they formed in the shifting geographical, social, cultural and political spaces of wartime China, where their political engagement, knowledge-making, and network-building in support of 'national resistance and reconstruction' (kangzhan jianguo) unfolded. By examining the emergence, development, integration, and transformation of these networks as an unsettled, fragmented process - a process that lasted through the extended wars and upheavals in China from the 1930s to the 1950s and that moves beyond party ideologies and geopolitical borders, the book seeks to explore the dynamics of war, politics, and gender in the broader context of the Second World War.
1.Introduction 2. From Shanghai to Wuhan: Enlargement of the Spaces 3. From Wuhan to Chongqing: Cooperation and Expansion 4. In the Face of a Sudden Political Change: Divisions, Departures and Dislocations 5. A ‘Left-wing’ Women’s Network: Survival and Development 6. A Local Story: Li Wenyi’s Network in Kunming 7. From Chongqing to Beijing: Post-war Political Reorganisation 8. Conclusion