A Partnership for Disorder: China, the United States, and their Policies for the Postwar Disposition of the Japanese Empire, 1941-1945 (Hardback)
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A Partnership for Disorder: China, the United States, and their Policies for the Postwar Disposition of the Japanese Empire, 1941-1945 (Hardback)

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Hardback 362 Pages / Published: 28/06/1996
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A Partnership for Disorder examines American-Chinese foreign policy planning in World War II for decolonising the Japanese Empire and controlling Japan after the war. This study unravels some of the complex origins of the postwar upheavals in Asia by demonstrating how the US and China's disagreements on many concrete issues prevented their governments from forging an effective partnership. The two powers' quest for long-term cooperation was further complicated by Moscow's eleventh-hour involvement in the Pacific War. By the war's end, a triangular relationship among Washington, Moscow, and Chongqing surfaced from secret negotiations at Yalta and Moscow. Yet the Yalta-Moscow system in Asia proved too ambiguous and fragile to be useful even for the purpose of defining a new balance of power among the Allies. The failure of the system was compounded by its obliviousness to Asia's dynamic nationalist forces.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521550994
Number of pages: 362
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Liu has produced a lucid account based on a wide range of Chinese and American sources.' English Historical Review
"Although much information presented here is familiar, the result is a more complete and balanced diplomatics history of the Pacific War and a more complex quilt of of controversial issues....Xiaoyuan Liu's well-written monograph provides a challenging and insightful account of one of the most stressful periods in the diplomatic history of China and the United States. Filled with abundant detail and analysis....This diplomatic history should be essential reading for anyone interested in a full account of United States-China relations during World War II." Leonard H.D. Gordon, The Journal of Asian Studies
"Xiaoyuan Liu's bok is a good example of the usefulness and the limitations of traditional diplomatic history when applied to a period of war and revolutionary change." Journal of American History
"...a fine book that should dominate the literature on animportant topic for a long time to come." William Stueck, American Historical Review
"In this impressively researched study of Sino-American relations during World War II, Xiaoyuan Liu refreshingly attributes agency to China and challenges the entrenched interpretation that China, despite its vision of grandeur, was a hopelessly divided and ineffectual belligerent." Sayri Shimizu, Historian

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