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Baruch Hirson & Arthur J. Knodel 
Reporting the Chinese Revolution 
The Letters of Rayna Prohme

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Rayna and her husband Bill edited the Kuomintang’s English-language newspaper in Wuhan. Rayna’s account of her intimate involvement in the Chinese Revolution brings to life the eventful Wuhan years of 1926-27, which shaped the revolution’s course. Her letters illuminate from a personal angle the battle for China’s future and include remarkable portraits of some of the people who shaped the Communist and Nationalist movements of the time.

The book consists of letters Prohme wrote to her closest friend and her husband in the period immediately before, during and after the Wuhan interlude. Her reporting brought her into contact with many major political figures including Madam Sun Yat-sen (a prominent figure in the opposition to Chiang Kai-shek) and Mikhail Borodin (a chief Soviet advisor in China).

This book provides an unusual and often moving insight into a fascinating period in modern Chinese history.
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Table of Content


Note on Transliteration

Dramatis Personae

Introduction by Gregor Benton

1. Rayna’s Wake

2. The Road to China

3. Peking and Canton

4. Hankow

5. Shanghai

6. Vladivostok to Moscow

7. Moscow

8. Afterword

9. Appendices



About the author

Gregor Benton is Emeritus Professor at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University.
Language English ● Format PDF ● Pages 216 ● ISBN 9781849643566 ● File size 1.9 MB ● Age 02-99 years ● Editor Gregor Benton ● Publisher Pluto Press ● City London ● Country GB ● Published 2007 ● Edition 1 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 2426625 ● Copy protection Adobe DRM
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