Johnson is definitely right of the Japanese invasion as the primary factor in the reversing of the power of the Communist regime and the Nationalist regime. He also mentioned about the organizational advantage of the Red Army on social mobilization in the peasantry world. But it is hard to argue that the advantage has to be linked with nationalism.
Mao played the card of nationalism as a prapoganda. In that sense the Chinese communism is not necessarily international at all, but this cannot explain that why the KMT, the competitors of CCP, lost the nation with nationalism. So, I still prefer the explanation from the class analysis and economic redistribution....Continua