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Romantic Hankou: the International Dimension

STEPHEN R. MacKINNON

in Wuhan, 1938

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254459
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934603 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254459.003.0008
Romantic Hankou: the International Dimension

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This chapter presents a narrative treatment of the international dimension of the Wuhan crisis, showing that global reaction to events at Wuhan changed dramatically over ten months, leading by October to a “Madrid effect” and a Chinese propaganda victory. What happened in Wuhan in 1938 to shift international opinion so sharply? The objective realities in the field, one could argue, remained rather negative for China throughout the year. However, the shift was in part serendipitous—a fortunate confluence of people and events—and in part the result of brilliant propaganda work by the Chinese.

Keywords: Wuhan crisis; Chinese propaganda victory; Madrid effect; 1938

Chapter.  5622 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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