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By: Susan H. An Evaluation. By: John P. Ishikawa illuminates the voyages of individual Chinese Communists to Japan and their tutelage by Japanese doyens of communist literature. He traces the ups and downs of the communist publishing industry and the financial patronage of the Soviet Union. Ishikawa examines extensively the impact the translations of communist literature had on the dissemination of communist ideology in China. Knowledge of Japanese was also very important for accessing communist literature.
Although Ishikawa does not explore the wider impact of translations on the late Qing and early republican era, one cannot help but see the Chinese Communist experience as merely one stream of a larger river of Western ideas flowing from Japan to China. The great reformer Liang Qichao spent his exile in Japan.
Social Darwinian ideas came to China via Japan, as did the notion of minzu nationalities , the definition of which would be contested by the CCP and the Nationalists. Ishikawa makes several controversial arguments throughout The Formation of the Chinese Communist Party. Ishikawa believes a journalist named Chen Puxian was the real man behind Yuanquan. The reason is that the early Communist group was an amalgam of moderate socialists and anarchists. He also contests the number of national congress participants.
Mao Zedong said there were 12 participants, whereas Ishikawa argues for a headcount of Ishikawa describes his work as archaeology, trying to piece together archival fossils from different parts of the world in an attempt clarify the historical record. He leaves no square of the digging site untouched—the comprehensiveness of the book is a product of the meticulous nature of his investigative techniques.
Yet the sheer vastness of the information Ishikawa has unearthed may have hindered his ability to deliver his findings in a digestible manner. Admittedly, the book does not set out to be a conventional history, but this does not excuse the challenging format and pacing of the volume.
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But within each chapter, Ishikawa dedicates many pages to detours that ultimately fail to address the main topic at hand. One gets the impression that Ishikawa had so much material that he deemed valuable that he tried as much as possible to awkwardly weave it into the narrative flow.
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Both examples would serve better in encyclopedias than in a book with great potential to paint broader themes. While The Formation of the Chinese Communist Party is not a suitable read for the China studies generalist, it is a worthwhile resource for reference about the specific events and people that helped to establish the CCP.