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Howard W. French

Howard W. French is the author of China’s Second Continent and of the forthcoming Everything under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power.

China at War

Howard W. French, 27 July 2016

On 1 October 1949​, Mao Zedong stood on top of the Gate of Heavenly Peace to proclaim the victory of his revolution, and told the world that the long-suffering Chinese people had finally ‘stood up’. After decades of tremendous violence and turmoil, China was going to relaunch itself into the arduous and disorienting task of embracing modernity. This project had begun in the...

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