Last Chance in Manchuria

Last Chance in Manchuria

The Diary of Chang Kia-ngau

Editors: Donald G. Gillin, Ramon H. Myers   Translator: Dolores Zen
ISBN: 978-0-8179-8791-6
Publication Date: 3/1/1989
Pages: 350

This diary offers an important new perspective on the critical events leading to the end of the Chinese civil war. From September 1945 to April 1946, Chang Kia-ngau kept a daily log in the negotiations between Nationalist China and Soviet Union to recover Manchuria from Soviet military occupation. The diary reveals that the Russians actively sought Nationalist China's cooperation in rehabilitating and operating the huge industrial complex that the Japanese had built in Manchuria during the 1930s and 1940s. The Russians were willing to let Chiang Kai-shek's government take control over Manchuria if the Nationalists would pledge that only Russia would be able to exert foreign influence in Manchuria. Chang Kia-ngau's diary is an eyewitness account of how Manchuria, one of the world's greatest industrial sites, fell to the control of the Chinese Red Army and thus led to the communist victory over Chiang Kai-shek. This book will interest students of cold war rivalry, U.S. foreign policy, Soviet diplomacy, and Chinese history alike.

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Dolores Zen

Donald G. Gillin

Donald G. Gillin is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at Vassar College. A specialist in the political and military history of modern China, he wrote Warlord: Yen Hsi-shan in Shansi Province, 1911-1949 and Falsifying China's History: The Case of Sterling Seagrave's The Soong Dynasty.

Ramon H. Myers

Ramon H. Myers, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, is curator of the East Asian archives. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.


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