: The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China (): Jay Taylor: Books. By Jay Taylor. Belknap. pp. $ Chiang Kai-shek ranks as one of the most despised leaders of the 20th century. Famously derided as. Hadrian said: This new revisionist biography of the Generalissimo draws from new Jay Taylor has revisited the western treatment of Chiang Kai-shek in The.

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On all of these topics, Taylor weaves together a fascinating portrayal of the effectively insurmountable challenges faced by the Chinese nation and CKS’s indispensible role on the front line. As a revolutionary, he kept his faith in Sun, Yi-Xian’s dream of modernize China. The Soviet Union not only allowed the Chinese communists to infiltrate Manchura, they also heavily armed them – partially with recently captured Japanese arms, and partially with Soviet arms.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Taylor’s new, revisionary biography attempts to rehabilitate the man behind the superlatives and portray Chiang as a more nuanced and humanised figure: Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Although constrained by his limited capability of comprehending materials written Chinese, he apparently genfralissimo done quite a job in obtaining and studying the Chinese records.

For all of these reasons, CKS is difficult to discuss in terms of archetypes and it’s hard to have “an opinion” about him. While Ambassador Stuart was telling Li that the United States would do nothing to help the Nationalists, boxcars loaded with Soviet supplies and special equipment were rolling regularly down the repaired rails from the Russian border to junctions close to the Yangtze.

I was pleasantly surprised to find myself learning a bit more about American history in the process, as well. Best biography I’ve read, and one of the top books I’ve read in general. I felt if they were important enough to include, there should have been more to their appearances in the book; probably many should have been trimmed.


It is a sober and even work, evening out the hagiographical and the demonizing tendencies that many historians alternatively harbor about Chiang’s long and often controversial rule. Without this Soviet aid, it seems impossible that the communists could have won.

I had to learn more about the recent history of Taiwan and it is a work in progress for me. Otherwise, we will stick our opinions to only one aspect, that will be awful. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Contrast this to industrialized France, which fell in six weeks. The communists happily agreed, but then just didn’t move their men. Chinese troops were instrumental in the Burma campaigns of WWII, and also held there own in China against tahlor of Japanese invaders from Manchuria and coastal China.

Nevertheless, he agreed to Kim’s plan and promised Chinese support. It is the spirit I should have in my life, my business adventures. Join Our Mailing List: See all 3 questions about The Generalissimo…. Consciously or not, he set the stage for Taiwan’s evolution of a Faylor model of democratic modernization.

Apr 04, Brandon Chang rated it it was amazing. In order to provide sufficient support for England during its war against Germany in Egypt, the United States would often send resources earmarked for China over to England on very short notice. Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China. History always taught us a lot of things. It barely mentions martial law and the white terror.

The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China by Jay Taylor

Full text PDF Send by e-mail. It is also not the easiest to follow without some background knowledge of modern Chinese history.

Is the Generalissimo a good man? Using newly-available Chiang Kai-shek diaries which were deposited at the Stanford University sinceTaylor has managed to re-create a different image of Chiang from the usual negative portrayal that the CCP and Americans have tended to characterize him.

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He also cracked down on internal dissent and threats to his own power ruthlessly, executing suspected communist infiltrators, engaging in espionage against KMT rivals, and supporting anti-communist coups in South Vietnam and abroad. Jag believes jjay throughout these different stages, Chiang never wavered from his lifelong aspirations, but took different approaches in different situations to fulfil his goals. Recently declassified Soviet documents make it clear just how great the involvement of Stalin was not only in China’s civil war, but also the Korean War.


Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin would meet and discuss This was a damn good book. First balanced account of Chiang Kai-shek by a Western scholar. It’s really written like a great film, and I couldn’t put it down.

The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China

It is the first biography to make full use of the Chiang family archive. He engaged in covert operations in mainland China, supported rebellions in Indonesia and Myanmar, and sought military and financial aid from all comers.

Would China have been better of taylkr Chiang Kai-Shek? Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Write a customer review. This controversial figure, Chiang Kai-Shek, who is said to “have had everything in his hands and still lost A thorough record of the life of one of the most prominent personalities in China’s modern history, Jay Taylor’s “The Generalissimo” is surely an interesting read for anyone wanting to learn more about China’s history.

This is an important, controversial book… Chiang emerges as a flesh-and-blood man rather than the buffoonish cardboard-cutout figure he has generally been portrayed as.

Share your thoughts with other customers. It really makes a man out of a person many believe to be a monster.