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The Long March

By: Shuyun, Sun

0007194803 / 9780007194803
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United Kingdom
20 cm [xi], 302 p., [8] p. of plates : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: HarperPress, 2006.
Every nation has its founding myth, and for modern China it is the Long March. / The epic story of the Long March -- a journey of endurance, bravery and tragedy spread over the vast distance of 10,000 miles. / Sun Shuyun is the first Chinese person to retrace the Long March in order to tell the story of the Marchers -- this is a must read book for anyone with an interest in his period of history. / 'Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud' has sold over 12,000 copies in the UK. / With its ever rising economic power, interest in China and Chinese history remains high. / Competition: Michael Palin, X

Every nation has its founding myth, and for modern China it is the Long March.

In 1934, the fledgling Communist Party and its 200,000 strong armies were forced out of their bases by Chiang Kaishek and his National troops.

Walking more than 10,000 miles over mountains, grassland and swamps, they suffered appalling casualties and ended up in the remote barren North.

Just one-fifth survived; they went on to launch the new China in the heat of revolution.

A legend was born. Justified by a remarkable feat, the Long March was also a triumph of propaganda, for Mao and for the revolution.

Seventy years later Sun Shuyun set out to retrace the Marchers' steps.

The rugged landscape has changed little. Her greatest difficult was in wrestling with the scenes lodged in her mind since childhood, part of the upbringing of every Chinese.

On each stage of her journey, she found hidden stories: the ruthless purges, the terrible toll of hunger and disease, the fate of women on the March, the huge number of desertions, the futile deaths.

The real story of the March, the most vivid pictures, come from the veterans whom Sun Shuyun has found.She follows their trail through all those harsh miles, discovers their faith and disillusion, their pain and their hopes, and also recounts how many suffered even after the March's end in 1936. "The Long March" was an epic journey of endurance, even more severe than history books say, and courage against impossible odds.

It is a brave, exciting and tragic story. Sun Shuyun tells it for the first time, as it really happened.


1FPC China, 3JJG c 1918 to c 1939 (Inter-war period), HBJF Asian history, HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, JPFC Marxism & Communism

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