In short, this is the sorry tale of the early Chinese republic's dealings with imperialism, the years of growing helplessness and frustration that preceded the dawn of a new era of nationalism after 1919. Dr. Chi's book thus provides the necessary and long-needed background for understanding the patriotic motivation behind the May Fourth movement. At the same time it delineates the early confrontation between Japanese and Anglo-American interests in China which led on into the overt conflict of later decades. - from the Foreword, East Asian Research Center
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