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The Manchurian Myth: Nationalism, Resistance, and Collaboration in Modern China

Rana Mitter


A powerful element in twentieth-century Chinese politics has been the myth of Chinese resistance to Japan's seizure of Manchuria in 1931. Investigating the shifting alliances of key players in that event, this book traces the development of the narrative of resistance to the occupation and shows how it became part of China's political consciousness, enduring even today. After Japan's September 1931 military strike leading to a takeover of the Northeast, the Chinese responded in three major ways: collaboration, resistance in exile, and resistance on the ground. What motives prompted some Chines ... More

Keywords: Chinese resistance, political consciousness, Chinese sources, Japanese sources, local-government records, newspapers, journals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520221116
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520221116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rana Mitter, author