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The Second Long March: Struggling Against the Chinese Communists Under the Republic of China (Taiwan) Constitution, 1st edition

  • Peter Kien-Hong YU

Published by Continuum (March 1st 2009) - Copyright © 2009

1st edition

The Second Long March: Struggling Against the Chinese Communists Under the Republic of China (Taiwan) Constitution

ISBN-13: 9780826430106

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Overview

This work, written by an expert in the politics of Mainland China and Taiwan, looks at the role the Constitution of the Republic of China has played in the development of Taiwan since 1949 and its potential influence on the People's Republic of China.
The Chinese Communists conducted the first long march for the sake of the majority of Chinese people, with the victory of MAO Zedong. In the second long march, CHIANG Kai-shek and his successors tried to convert the Chinese mainland from a Communist, totalitarian system, into a democratic, prosperous one by relying on the spirit of the Republic of China (ROC) constitution and by setting itself as a good example, in gradually guaranteeing freedom and democracy. Needless to say, this march is long and difficult.
The Second Long March challenges other models and theories on the study of the relationship between┬┐ the ROC (Taiwan area) and mainland China or the People's Republic of China (PRC) since China became politically (as opposed to legally) divided in December 1949. Arguably, it is the ROC Constitution that has helped ROC citizens to live in a non-Communist or anti-Communist political system. Actively promoting democracy and freedom on the Chinese mainland (neidi) can further guarantee the Taiwan area's survival.
The book will provide valuable scholarship of interest to anyone researching the political history of China and its prospects for democratization.

Table of contents

Foreword
Preface
Chapter 1: Introductory Remarks
Chapter 2: The CHIANG Kai-shek March: A Straight Line
Chapter 3: The YAN Chia-kan March: A Short Line
Chapter 4: The CHIANG Ching-kuo March: A Meandering Line
Chapter 5: The LEE Teng-hui March: A Zig-Zag Line
Chapter 6: The CHEN Shui-bian March: A Forced, Untrodden Split Line with Sideroads
Chapter 7: Conclusion: Future Prospects
List of Important Documents
Bibliography
Index

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