Sun Yat-Sen and Communism

Sun Yat-Sen and Communism

Sun Yat-Sen and Communism

Sun Yat-Sen and Communism

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This book is an attempt to examine in depth the relations between Sun Yat-sen and Communism in the hope of casting new light on this complicated subject and of providing useful perspective on the history of modern China. The volume begins with a review of Sun's early contacts with the West and the process of his ideological development. Then it proceeds to analyze the reasons for Sun's Russian orientation and the effects of the Canton-Moscow alliance. To answer the question whether Communism is the logical climax of the work of Sun Yat-sen, the last part of the book not only examines the Communists' interpretations of his doctrine but compares the similarities and differences between Sun Yat-senism and Chinese Communism.

In preparing this book, the authors have received generous assistance from many quarters. We should particularly like to express our appreciation to the University of Virginia's Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, whose two summer grants and splendid secretarial help made the writing of this volume possible. We are also grateful to the Richmond Area University Research Center and the Old Dominion Foundation for their respective grants, and to the Foreign Policy Research Institute of the University of Pennsylvania for assistance in arranging the SYSTEMation of the book. For valuable Chinese sources, our thanks go to the Division of Orientalia of the Library of Congress, the Chinese-Japanese Library of the Harvard-Yenching Institute of Harvard University, and the Library of the Humanistic Science Institute of Kyoto University.

A number of friends and colleagues have been kind enough to read the manuscript in whole or in part and to give us the . . .

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