Rebels and Revolutionaries in North China, 1845-1945

By Elizabeth J. Perry | Go to book overview
Save to active project

6. Rebels Meet Revolutionaries: The Communist Movement in Huai-pei

When Communist cadres first penetrated the Huai-pei area, they encountered a peasantry well schooled in the art of collective violence. Banditry was rife, underground religious sects plentiful, and memories of massive rebellions fresh and vivid. Brigands and sectarians alike were skilled practitioners of collective warfare, tempered by the hard-won wisdom of generations of peasant rebels before them. Clearly, however, the underlying motivation for this impressive experience in peasant protest was pragmatic and parochially specific. How then would these battle-wise peasants, masterly in fighting for their own local interests, greet the advent of outside revolutionaries? How too would the revolutionaries, for their part, choose to deal with the myriad of armed and organized units that predated their arrival? Would existing patterns of rural violence constitute building blocks or barriers to revolutionary change?

The answers to these questions, we will discover, are complex. In the first place, there were of course two distinct strategies of peasant violence in Huai-pei, each with its own rationale, organization, and limitations. Furthermore, the Chinese Communist revolution itself passed through a series of distinct phases: from peasant movement, to soviets, to war of resistance, to civil war. Each period was marked by somewhat different problems and priorities, calling for changing relations with both types of local rebels.


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Rebels and Revolutionaries in North China, 1845-1945


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 328

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?