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Echoes of Chongqing: Women in Wartime China by Danke Li (review)

Echoes of Chongqing: Women in Wartime China by Danke Li (review) Reviews Danke Li. Echoes of Chongqing: Women in Wartime China. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2010. 232 pp. 19 photographs. Hardcover $70.00, isbn 978-0-252-03489-3. Paperback $25.00, isbn 978-0-252-07674-9. The Chinese war of resistance against Japan officially began in the summer of 1937, although frequent fighting, colonial incursion, economic disputes and strikes, and diplomatic sparring had characterized Sino-Japanese relations for decades. Beginning in July 1937, the war moved to a very active tense. Shanghai was quickly conquered, the capital of Nanjing succumbed a few months later, and thousands of civilians fell prey to murder, torture, and rape by soldiers of the imperial Japanese army. The Chinese government retreated to Wuhan. After destroying Yellow River levees to try to prevent further Japanese success (and drowning civilians in the process) in the summer of 1938, the government retreated for a final time up the Yangtze River to the Sichuan city of Chongqing. Chongqing remained the wartime capital for seven years. The influx of officials, army personnel, and foreign diplomats and staff was dwarfed by the number of civilian refugees who flocked to the city -- not only individuals, but entire hospitals, universities, and other institutions made the trek to the picturesque http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Echoes of Chongqing: Women in Wartime China by Danke Li (review)

China Review International , Volume 18 (4) – Jan 30, 2011

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Reviews Danke Li. Echoes of Chongqing: Women in Wartime China. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2010. 232 pp. 19 photographs. Hardcover $70.00, isbn 978-0-252-03489-3. Paperback $25.00, isbn 978-0-252-07674-9. The Chinese war of resistance against Japan officially began in the summer of 1937, although frequent fighting, colonial incursion, economic disputes and strikes, and diplomatic sparring had characterized Sino-Japanese relations for decades. Beginning in July 1937, the war moved to a very active tense. Shanghai was quickly conquered, the capital of Nanjing succumbed a few months later, and thousands of civilians fell prey to murder, torture, and rape by soldiers of the imperial Japanese army. The Chinese government retreated to Wuhan. After destroying Yellow River levees to try to prevent further Japanese success (and drowning civilians in the process) in the summer of 1938, the government retreated for a final time up the Yangtze River to the Sichuan city of Chongqing. Chongqing remained the wartime capital for seven years. The influx of officials, army personnel, and foreign diplomats and staff was dwarfed by the number of civilian refugees who flocked to the city -- not only individuals, but entire hospitals, universities, and other institutions made the trek to the picturesque

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Published: Jan 30, 2011

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