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by Suyin Han

eBook Eldest Son: Zhou Enlai and the Making of Modern China, 1898-1976 ePub
Author: Suyin Han
Language: English
ISBN: 0809041510
ISBN13: 978-0809041510
Publisher: Hill & Wang Pub; 1st edition (February 1, 1994)
Pages: 483
Category: Historical
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 282
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Zhou Enlai was one of the greatest statesmen of the twentieth century. Valuable insight into how Zhou Enlai fought to curb the tragedies of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, and how many people he saved.

Zhou Enlai was one of the greatest statesmen of the twentieth century. Long overshadowed by the more visible - and charismatic - Mao Dzedong. Valuable insight into how Zhou Enlai fought to curb the tragedies of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, and how many people he saved a great mind wrestling with impossible choices. Author Han Suyin benefits from many close personal contacts with Zhou Enlai over decades, and from knowing many people who worked with him. This is not a tribute book though - it includes thoughtful criticism and many questions.

A biography of Zhou Enlai who was overshadowed in Chinese politics by the more visible Mao Tse Tung. Suyin Han. Published 1994. The author has compiled this volume by drawing on meetings with the premier, his widow, Chinese citizens, and the Communist Party archives. oceedings{Han1994EldestSZ, title {Eldest Son: Zhou Enlai and the Making of Modern China, 1898-1976}, author {Suyin Han}, year {1994} }. A biography of Zhou Enlai who was overshadowed in Chinese politics by the more visible Mao Tse Tung. Like no other, Zhou's life is the history of modern China

Zhou Enlai was one of the greatest statesmen of the twentieth century. Like no other, Zhou's life is the history of modern China. Through the lens of his experience we see unfolding the dramatic, sometimes violent, decades of change: the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, the galvanizing Long March, the social convulsions of the Great Leap Forward, the violent excesses of the Cultural Revolution, andthe diplomatic rapprochement with the West in the 1970s. Dr. Han weaves these decisive events with the impressions and memories of hundreds of ordinary citizens from every sector of Chinese society to create a rich historical tapestry.

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Zhou Enlai was born on March 5, 1898, in Huai'an, Jiangsu province (China). Eldest Son: Zhou Enlai and the Making of Modern China, 1898–1976. S. Han. The Diplomacy of Zhou Enlai. He became actively involved in the Chinese communist movement during his higher education in France and returned to China in 1924 as a senior communist leader. A leading figure of the Chinese Civil War (1927–50), he later escaped the purges of many officials by actively supporting Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76).

In Eldest Son, Han Suyin brings this towering figure to life in a profoundly human and intimate portrait - the first . A detailed but reverential biography of Chinese political leader Zhou Enlai.

In Eldest Son, Han Suyin brings this towering figure to life in a profoundly human and intimate portrait - the first full-scale biography of the late premier to be published in English. Between 1956 and 1974, Dr. Han conducted a series of eleven unprecedented interviews with Zhou, each of them lasting for several hours. Han (30-plus books, including the well-known Love is a Many Splendored Thing) sets a slavishly uncritical tone at the outset, noting that Confucian tradition marks eldest sons for & responsibilities and duties.

In Eldest Son, Han Suyin brings this towering figure to life in a profoundly human and intimate portrait - the first full-scale biography of the late. Her prose is fluent and engaging, and the questions which she raises throughout the biography help the reader to grasp a fuller picture of the secretive man whose powerful politics saved China from Western military aggression. For those who are unfamiliar with the history of modern China, Ms. Han patiently describes the events which surrounded and preceded Premier Zhou.

1976) and Eldest Son: Zhou Enlai and the Making of Modern China, 1898-1976 (1994). Han was born on Sept. 12, most likely in 1916, her granddaughter said - not in 1917, as has been reported over the years. Though Dr. Han revised her position on Chinese Communism somewhat in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, she remained, at bottom, an unapologetic patriot. In a 1982 interview with The Washington Post, she articulated her position at the time

Her biography Eldest Son: Zhou Enlai and the Making of Modern China (1994) told the story of "the most dedicated and selfless personality in China's history".

Her biography Eldest Son: Zhou Enlai and the Making of Modern China (1994) told the story of "the most dedicated and selfless personality in China's history". In a slim volume of autobiography, Wind in my Sleeve (1992), she wrote of her "grief, anger, desolation" at the Beijing massacre but the book attracted little attention

Deng Xiaoping and the Making of Modern China is a book by Sir Richard Evans chronicling the rise of Deng Xiaoping as the leader of the People's Republic of China.

Deng Xiaoping and the Making of Modern China is a book by Sir Richard Evans chronicling the rise of Deng Xiaoping as the leader of the People's Republic of China. This was Evans's first book. Evans had served as the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to China, from 1984 to 1988.

Zhou Enlai was one of the greatest statesmen of the twentieth century. Long overshadowed by the more visible - and charismatic - Mao Dzedong, he and his life and extraordinary accomplishments remain little recognized outside China, where he is still revered as the beloved father of the modern nation. In Eldest Son, Han Suyin brings this towering figure to life in a profoundly human and intimate portrait - the first full-scale biography of the late premier to be published in English.Between 1956 and 1974, Dr. Han conducted a series of eleven unprecedented interviews with Zhou, each of them lasting for several hours. Drawing upon these encounters, and on further meetings with his widow, his family and colleagues, as well as her unusual access to the Communist Party archives, Dr. Han presents a nuanced portrait of this deeply committed Chinese nationalist and Communist. Here is the full sweep of Zhou's remarkable life: his early schooling in Japan and Europe, his complex and loyal relationship to Mao, his historic meetings with other world leaders such as Khrushchev, Nehru, and Nixon which opened China to the global community. And Dr. Han gives us the private man as well as the public figure: his loving and formative marriage to Deng Yingchao, the murder of his adopted daughter at the hands of the Red Guards, and ultimately his painful battle with cancer.Like no other, Zhou's life is the history of modern China. Through the lens of his experience we see unfolding the dramatic, sometimes violent, decades of change: the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, the galvanizing Long March, the social convulsions of the Great Leap Forward, the violent excesses of the Cultural Revolution, and the diplomatic rapprochement with the West in the 1970s. Dr. Han weaves these decisive events with the impressions and memories of hundreds of ordinary citizens from every sector of Chinese society to create a rich historical tapestry.Compellingly written, unique in its perspective, Eldest Son is masterful social history and an indispensable portrait of a legendary leader whose political legacy continues to influence the course of China today.
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A detailed, often moving account of the life of one of China's least-understood modern leaders. The opening chapters contain insight into how a young man from a modest middle-class family of scholars became a fiery leader of China's independence. Great passages about the war with Japan and the long conflict with the Nationalist government. Few understand Zhou's strong support of democracy and close relations with America, and how close the world came, in the years before 1949, to a major alliance between the US and China, to counter the Soviet Union. Valuable insight into how Zhou Enlai fought to curb the tragedies of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, and how many people he saved. There is pain in this book, too...a great mind wrestling with impossible choices. Author Han Suyin benefits from many close personal contacts with Zhou Enlai over decades, and from knowing many people who worked with him. This is not a tribute book though -- it includes thoughtful criticism and many questions. The writing style is sprawling, looping, sometimes undisciplined, but the importance of the subject overcomes the limitations of technique. As China becomes more and more a central player in the global economy, energy, environment, and political alliances, this book can help outsiders understand a great and tragic country. Zhou Enlai is the only major member of the first generation of China's revolutionaries whose reputation remains intact, who is still loved, emulated and admired by the people of China...so understanding him gives a glimpse into important issues, and intriguing mysteries.
Jediathain
This book is fascinating. The author had an inside view of the Chinese leadership. She knows what she's talking about, and she makes it very interesting. Probably a must for anyone interested in recent Chinese history.
Usaxma
The author provides a lot of details that I was unaware. The book is well written and I greatly enjoy reading it.
Morad
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Anardred
Very good condition. Better than Seller's description. 5-Stars!
RUsich155
Han Suyin writes an amazingly detailed account of one of the greatest statesmen of the twentieth century. Her prose is fluent and engaging, and the questions which she raises throughout the biography help the reader to grasp a fuller picture of the secretive man whose powerful politics saved China from Western military aggression. For those who are unfamiliar with the history of modern China, Ms. Han patiently describes the events which surrounded and preceded Premier Zhou. She painstakingly describes the politics of those who affected him, and she demonstrates how Zhou led the founding of the world's most populous nation.
Outside of the American media's depictions of Chinese human rights violations and inflitration, few Americans are familiar with matters relating to China. Here is a factual inside account of modern China shown with both its strengths and foibles. Ms. Han writes from her personal interviews with Premier Zhou and his colleagues, and she presents a full picture of both his accomplishments and mistakes. She is careful not to err on the side of exaggeration, though it is apparent that she, like most Chinese in China, revere their nation's former Premier. Americans, especially those who wish to understand the history between China and the U.S., should find this book interesting.
Skrimpak
This is one of the few books available in English about Zhou Enlai, one of the most fascinating and least understood political figures in modern Chinese history.
Unfortunately, author Han Suyin and editor Paul De Angelis fail to bring to life this enigmatic figure who was in many ways responsible for guiding a broken China out of the ashes of Civil War and steering her away from the ill-planned social and economic policies of Mao Zedong.
Han comes from the propaganda school of China writing. In the 60s and 70s she penned forgettable books on the successes of Chinese Communism and the predicted triumph that never happened.
Blame it on the political climate of the day, but unfortunately many of the writing skills and editorial standards learned at that time are still present in the biography of Zhou Enlai. Legitimate interviews and quotes are seldom cited or even identified, while liberal doses of hearsay and legend (especially from the Long March period) are treated as fact. The story of the young man who rose through the ranks of the CCP hierarchy to become the No. 2 man to Mao all too often reads like a rather lengthy party biography with a few doses of insider gossip thrown in for good measure.
More importantly, readers seldom get a chance to see the man behind the public image. The all-important early years are treated as a series of dates and accomplishments in the expatriate CCP cell in France, and his childhood is barely mentioned at all.
His story begs more personal details and impressions from the people who knew him, but Han sticks mainly to the official version of Zhou and the party line on the political struggles of the time. It's a pity, because Han interviewed on several occaisions Zhou's widow and could have used her memories to paint an interesting, behind-the-scenes picture of this powerful figure. For instance, in the Long March period Zhou emerges as a man skilled in the art of compromise - what made him this way? The author either failed to ask the right questions or chose not to include them in this biography.
Other problems include a stiff writing style, a poor story structure, a mediocre translation and editing effort, and an irritating and often incorrect mix of Romanization systems used to spell out Chinese names.
The editor and publisher deserve some of the blame for not developing the idea with the author. They also deserve criticism for accepting and printing a manuscript that clearly needed some major changes.
It didn't have to be this way. "Wild Swans" is proof that great biographical works can be produced by Chinese writers in English. Too bad the people behind Zhou Enlai's only readily available profile in English did not see "Wild Swans" as an inspiration.
This book is well written and serves as a good primer for those interested in learning more about the history of China and the life and work of Zhou Enlai. That said, Han Suyin's work is at times whimsical in its description of the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party. One gets the idea that she was commissioned by the party to produce it: Not a word is written on Zhou Enlai's involvement in the swift and widespread brutality visited by Mao upon millions of his detractors and alleged detractors.
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