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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


  • Author: Xiaoyuan Liu, State University College, Potsdam, New York
  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521528559

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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.

    • Important historical background to today's urgent issues in the region
    • New interpretations of the origins of postwar upheavals in Asia besides the Cold War
    • Extensive use of American and Chinese archival materials unavailable till recently
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    'Liu has produced a lucid account based on a wide range of Chinese and American sources.' English Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521528559
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on romanization
    1. The making of an alliance
    2. The issue of postwar Japan
    3. China's lost territories
    4. Korea's independence
    5. The road to Cairo
    6. A divisive summit
    7. Yan'an and postwar East Asia
    8. Diplomacy without action
    9. Erosion of a partnership
    10. The Manchurian triangle
    11. Bargaining at Moscow
    12. Epilogue: the crisis of peace

  • Author

    Xiaoyuan Liu, State University College, Potsdam, New York

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