This is an incredible thick book about the New Fourth Army (NFA). But the lost history of this part is more important than people think. This is because the communist territory of NFA in Subei and nearby Sandong protected the north China from the GMD force after 1945.
The NFA showed the complex history of the growth of CCP. First, the NFA made allies with the local ethnic minority. Second, the NFA built good relations with the gentry elites. Third, they took the kinship or fictive kinship relations as the tool of organization. At last, the NFA also keep their social networks in the urban Yangtze. Therefore, the rigidly organizational principles of "class struggles" were not adopted by the NFA.
The NFA got great success during the three years war (1938-41) before the attacks of the KMT army. The survivors led the Red Army during the civil war that beat the Nationalists, but their story is covered by Mao and the Yannan model....Continua