Sun Yat-Sen: A Portrait

Sun Yat-Sen: A Portrait

Sun Yat-Sen: A Portrait

Sun Yat-Sen: A Portrait

Synopsis

This is a biography of the leader of the Chinese revolution that overturned the corrupt and autocratic Manchu Empire. Dr Sun Yat-Sen was the first democratically elected president of the Chinese Republic.

Excerpt

The material for a complete life of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Chinese Republic, was lost when a Japanese bomb wrecked the Commercial Press in Shanghai and destroyed the documents so carefully collected by Dr. Linebarger. These documents cannot be replaced; nor for the moment can we hope to see the papers preserved by the Sun family, which were carefully concealed somewhere in Japanese-occupied territory. A fully documented life of Dr. Sun Yat-sen is therefore impossible, and as time goes on it is likely to prove increasingly difficult. This book is an attempt to collect together, in the shortest possible compass, whatever information remains on the life of a great democrat, using wherever possible the unpublished material which has been thrown open to us by members of the Kuomintang party. We are grateful to Mr. Pan Kung-chan, member of the Standing Committee of the Central Executive Committee of the Kuomintang; Mr. Liang Han-chao, Minister of Information; and Mr. Chang Tao-fan, Minister of Overseas Affairs, for their help. In particular we have to thank Dr. Sun Fo, President of the Legislative Yuan, for his great kindness in suggesting sources and materials on the life of his father. Without his general assistance and careful revision of the completed manuscript, this work would have been impossible.

Stephen Chen
Robert Payne . . .

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