China's Red Army Marches


China's Red Army Marches (1934) is a book of reportage by American radical journalist Agnes Smedley on the Chinese Soviet Republic in Jiangxi from 1928 to 1931, It describes a stage in the Chinese Communist Revolution after the break-up of the First United Front with the Chinese Nationalist Party and before the Long March of 1934-1935, a stage in which the party followed a radical land and class policy. The book deals with events up to 1931 and cannot anticipate the destruction of the Jiangxi Soviet and the subsequent Long March. It does have detailed accounts of the words and actions of Zhu De (Chu Teh), Peng Dehuai (Peng Teh-huaii) and Mao Zedong, whose name is transcribed as 'Mau Tse-tung'. It includes a full speech by Mao and some shorter remarks, perhaps the first time his words had appeared in English. One biographer described the book as pioneering "a new form of socially conscious art that considerably influenced leftist reportage in the 1930s", because "she spoke of individuals experiences, but she meant her readers to view the people about whom she wrote as representatives of a larger group who chose the mass actions linked to China's emerging Communist movement as an alternative to their despair.The book was also published in the Soviet Union as Red Flood Over China. This is one of five books written by Smedley about her experiences in China: Chinese Destinies (1933); China's Red Army Marches (1934); China Fights Back: An American Woman With the Eighth Route Army (1938); Battle Hymn of China (1943);The Great Road: The Life and Times of Chu Teh (1956).
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original title: China's Red Army Marches
language: English
date of publication: 1934

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