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Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914 - 1991
Hobsbawm, Eric
A overview of the history of the years 1914 - 1991.
Bethune, Norman: Connexipedia Article
Canadian Communist physician, and medical innovator who developed the first mobile blood-transfusion service in Spain in 1936. (1890-1939).
Canton, December 1927
Sizoff, Paul [Victor Serge]
In 1927, as a result of a rapid succession of fatal mistakes, the Chinese proletariat lost the strong positions in Shanghai and Hankou that it had gloriously conquered at the head of the national move...
China Shakes the World
Belden, Jack
Jack Belden's classic account of the Chinese civil war.
China: Whose Revolution?
Hore, Charlie
The Chinese Revolution was one of the most momentous events of the 20th century. For a quarter of the human race it seemed to open the way to eradicate the roots of poverty and famine, to build a bett...
China's Republic
Lary, Diana
An introductory text for students and general readers offering an unbiased look at the rise of Maoist communism and the decline of Chiang Kai Shek's Guomintang.
Chinese Workers' Resistance: Against The Current vol. 111
Diamond, Norm
Norm Diamond interviews Tim Pringle, who lives in Hong Kong, where he participates as an observer and also as a member of the editorial board of the Chinese-language magazine Globalization Monitor.
The Chinese Working Women's Network: Against The Current vol. 113
Ngai, Pun; Ming, Yang Lie
There is no doubt that China is growing rapidly in importance in the global economy. China has now surpassed the United States as the largest destination in the world for foreign investment. While man...
C.L.R. James's Conflicted Intellectual Legacies on Mao Tse Tung's China
Quest, Matthew
On the evolution of C.L.R. James’s thoughts about Maoism.
Communism Takes China: How the Revolution Went Red
Fitzgerald, C.P.
A short history of Chinese history from 1911 to 1949.
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Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on China.
The Fifth Modernization: China's Spirit of Democracy
Wei Jingsheng
Wei Jingsheng, a 28-year-old electrician, posted this on the “Democracy Wall” in Beijing in 1978.
The Great Leap Forward in China (1958): Chairman Mao's Catastrophe
Karl, Rebecca E.
In 1958, Chairman Mao Zedong made a promise that Chinese steel production would soon surpass that of Great Britain and America. It was known as "The Great Leap Forward," and the massive focus on steel...
The Great Reversal: The Privatization of China
Hinton, William
In these essays Hinton argues that Deng XiaoPing and his privatization reforms destroyed the achievements of the Maoist Revolution of 1949.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume I: State and Bureaucracy
Draper, Hal
A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global
Mason, Paul
Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
The Mandate of Heaven: Marx and Mao in Modern China
Harris, Nigel
China’s transformation from a poor country devastated by war into a major world power is a modern legend. But how did this change come about? What are the real living conditions of the peasants and wo...
A Marxist History of the World part 13: China: the Ch'in Empire
Faulkner, Neil
Neil Faulkner looks at the origins of the Ch'in Empire - short-lived, created by conquest and terror and characterised by extreme centralisation, military-style exploitation, and murderous repression.
A Marxist History of the World part 25: Chinese History's Revolving Door: Door
Faulkner, Neil
Neil Faulkner examines China's imperial history, where for two millennia political revolution did not lead to social transformation, but simply to the replacement of one dynasty by another.
A Marxist History of the World part 63: The Rape of China
Faulkner, Neil
Neil Faulkner looks at the impact of western imperialism's repeated and bloody attempts to control the wealth of China
A Marxist History of the World part 78: The First Chinese Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
In 1927, the Chinese nationalists smashed the country's first working-class revolutionary movement – a defeat that would shape the whole subsequent history of China.Counterfire
A Marxist History of the World part 93: Maoist China
Faulkner, Neil
After the revolution of 1949, the Chinese Communists resorted to state capitalism to force the country’s industrialisation. The consequences were disastrous.
Nanking Massacre
A summary of the massacre at Nanking (Nanjing) , which occurred over a period of six weeks starting on December 13, 1937. During this period soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army perpetrated horrific...
Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
Hessler, Peter
A first-hand exploration of contemporary China through the accounts of its living citizens as well as through ancient artifacts uncovered in archeological digs -- a psycho-social examination of who th...
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Au...
Seeds of Fire: A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
A Short History of Progress
Wright, Ronald
If the population growth, consumption of resources, and technological advances continue according to the trend of the twentieth century, at the expense of the earth, the outcome may be disastrous.
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962
Jisheng, Yang
A look at 'the great famine', a concealed result of the Great Leap Forward in China.
The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution
Isaacs, Harold R.
A study of the social catastrophe that convulsed China in 1925-27, when the working-class movement was murderously crushed by the Kuomintang.
Whither China?
A document written by militants called Sheng-wu-lien in Hunan province in China during the "Cultural Revolution." The Shengwulian activists were crushed by the bureaucracy.

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From Cave Paintings to the Internet
Norman, Jeremy
Chronological and Thematic Studies on the History of Information and Media.
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Senior official in the Communist Party of China, in charge of security and repression of dissidents.