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The Dirty Thirties — Left Wing, Right Wing, Imperialists and Spies

Paul French

in Through the Looking Glass

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099821
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099821.003.0009
The Dirty Thirties — Left Wing, Right Wing, Imperialists and Spies

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The “dirty thirties” of fascism vs socialism, war vs peace, and civilisation vs barbarism in China are described. The Japanese invasion of Manchuria was the point at which the true extent of Japanese aggression towards China was realised. In the early 1930s, it was far from clear, despite the annexation of Manchuria and Japanese machinations in Inner Mongolia and other border regions, that Shanghai and the whole of China would be pitched into all-out war. The 1932 Shanghai War, later known as the First Shanghai War, started after a Japanese-inspired provocation. Virtually the entire China press corps moved to Shanghai for the duration of the First Shanghai War. An account of the strange death of Gareth Jones is given. The Xian Incident and the kidnapping of Chiang Kai-shek in late 1936 were the major news stories and pivotal moments for China. The Osborn Radio Station was China's first wireless station.

Keywords: Shanghai; China press corps; Manchuria; Japanese aggression; First Shanghai War; Gareth Jones; Xian Incident; Chiang Kai-shek; Osborn Radio Station

Chapter.  13508 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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