Resistance and Reconstruction: Messages during China's Six Years of War, 1937-1943

Resistance and Reconstruction: Messages during China's Six Years of War, 1937-1943

Resistance and Reconstruction: Messages during China's Six Years of War, 1937-1943

Resistance and Reconstruction: Messages during China's Six Years of War, 1937-1943

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On July 7, 1943, China will have entered her seventh year of armed resistance against Japan. The story of China's war, now a part of the world war, has been told by many and in various ways, but it will be an understatement to say that, of all people, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek is the one best qualified to tell it.

In this volume the leader of the Chinese people tells in his own words how they have been fighting and standing ground against a world aggressor, what has happened so far in China's War of Resistance, and why his nation has been fighting and is today continuing to fight. This is not a book written with the benefit of hindsight, when the smoke has been cleared from the battlefield. It is a book made up of what the Generalissimo thought and what he said, from day to day and from month to month, during the past six years of leading a nation in life- and-death struggle. The words contained in it are the product of war's each excruciating moment. They are given as weapons to his people when real weapons at times seem so scarce. They are part of the living record of this war, indeed, the sum and substance of the war itself.

Ten days after the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek solemnly defined to the nation the limit of China's endurance and took up the challenge to fight for freedom against the greatest odds. At the beginning of 1943, when the United Nations had completed their first year of joint endeavor, he rose again to inform his people of a new and hard-won status for China and of the new responsibilities that go with it.

In almost every speech made by Generalissimo Chiang between July 17, 1937, and January 12, 1943--the first and last items in this volume --the theme of Resistance and Reconstruction is stressed. The dual chord was sounded from the start, in the first two messages he delivered after the outbreak of war; it has reverberated ever since in his utterances and it has been proclaimed China's national program during and after the war.

What lesser men are apt to repeat glibly, Generalissimo Chiang believes with his whole heart, soul and mind. It has been justly observed . . .

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