1894-1912: Foreign Intervention and the Fall of the Manchus

  1. China and the Imperialist Threat
  2. Boxers, Open Door and Friendly Persuasion
  3. Japan Expands, China Revolts

1912-1926: From Republic to Revolution

  1. The Betrayal of Democracy
  2. A New Ideology Comes to China
  3. The U.S. Stops the March to War
  4. Uneasy Allies: Reds and Nationalists
  5. The Alliance Dies in a Bloodbath

1927-1936: Internal Conflict and External Aggression

  1. Chiang Advances, the Reds Retreat
  2. Japan Wields an Iron Fist
  3. Chiang Attacks Warlords and Reds
  4. Japan Begins the March to Disaster
  5. The Japanese Move South, the Reds West
  6. The Long March
  7. Patriots Force Chiang to Resist Japan

1937-1941: The Quest of Japan for Empire

  1. War Comes to China
  2. China Refuses to Be Conquered
  3. Japan Covets the Indies
  4. The Soviets Decide on Neutrality

1941-1945: American Intervention in East Asia

  1. The Descent to Pearl Harbor
  2. The Long Road to China
  3. The War Turns Away from China
  4. Chennault Tries to Win the War
  5. China's Moment on the World Stage
  6. Burma: "Munching a Porcupine Quill by Quill"
  7. 1944: Year of Nationalist Decline
  8. The Dixie Mission
  9. Hurley Sees a Conspiracy
  10. Japan Slides toward Destruction
  11. The Emperor Preserves His Realm

1946-1949: The Victory of Communism

  1. An Illusion of Omnipotence
  2. Marshall, Apostle to the Chinese
  3. The Chinese Defeat Marshall
  4. The U.S. Cuts Its Losses
  5. The Reds Create a People's Republic

1950-1972: The Rise of China as a World Power

  1. The Quarantine of Taiwan
  2. The Korean War
  3. Transition to Communism in China
  4. Carthago delenda est
  5. Atomic War Over Quemoy?
  6. The Great Leap and Quemoy Again
  7. The Great Famine
  8. Clashes on the Frontiers
  9. The Cultural Revolution
  10. Nixon Breaks the Deadlock

Frequently Cited Works

The Triumph of China: The Middle Kingdom's Long March from Degradation to World Power in the Twentieth Century

In this section is a book by Bevin Alexander, The Triumph of China, The Middle Kingdom’s Long March from Degradation to World Power in the Twentieth Century.

Bevin Alexander was a combat historian and commanded the 5th Historical Detachment in the Korean War. His association with the history of the Far East in the twentieth century has been deep and personal. The book covers the essential developments in the history of China, especially in its relations with the United States and Japan, from the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95 to the rapprochement of the United States with China, culminating in a visit of President Richard M. Nixon to Beijing in February 1972. Only a short time prior to this event Red China, with American acquiescence, took over from Nationalist China a permanent seat and veto power in the United Nations Security Council. American recognition and a seat on the UN Security Council ushered China onto the world stage as a great power, set China on an unprecedented program of economic development that is continuing apace, and changed the political and economic foundations of the world. The scope of the work is outlined briefly in the Introduction, and the main elements of each chapter are given to the right in the Contents. Major sources are listed in Frequently Cited Works.