How the Red Sun Rose

The Origin and Development of the Yan'an Rectification Movement, 1930–1945

Gao Hua. Translated by Stacey Mosher and Guo Jian

The Chinese University Press

How the Red Sun Rose

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Pub Date: August 2017

ISBN: 9789629968229

800 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $70.00

How the Red Sun Rose

The Origin and Development of the Yan'an Rectification Movement, 1930–1945

Gao Hua. Translated by Stacey Mosher and Guo Jian

The Chinese University Press

This work offers the most comprehensive account of the origin and consequences of the Yan'an Rectification Movement from 1942 to 1945. The author argues that this campaign emancipated the Chinese Communist Party from Soviet-influenced dogmatism and unified the Party, preparing it for the final victory against the Nationalist Party in 1949. More importantly, this monograph shows in great detail how Mao Zedong established his leadership through this party-wide political movement by means of aggressive intra-party purges, thought control, coercive cadre examinations, and total reorganizations of the Party's upper structure. The result of this movement not only set up the foundation for Mao's new China, but also deeply influenced the Chinese political structure today.

The Chinese version of How the Red Sun Rose was published in 2000, and has had nineteen printings since then.
[Gao Hua] combined thorough research into original materials with well-organized presentation. His work on Yan'an has permitted us to have a new understanding of the era. Ezra Vogel, Harvard University
A monumental and path-breaking study of Mao's rise in the party, a product of prodigious research in a vast range of documentaries, memoirs and archival sources, this book is the best account we have of the deep historical roots of the rectification campaign in the 1940s. Joseph W. Esherick, University of California, San Diego
Gao broke the norm of the official narrative of Chinese Communist Party history—his monograph has become the new paradigm of historiography in this field. Xiao Yanzhong, East China Normal University

About the Author

Gao Hua (1954–2011) was a professor at Nanking University, and a leading historian of the Chinese Communist Party and 20th-century China.

Stacy Mosher is an editor and translator based in Brooklyn, New York.

Guo Jian is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.