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Women of the Long March
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The Long March of 1934-35 is the central event in modern Chinese history. This is the story of the women of the Long March, seen through the eyes of three key figures. There were 30 women walking with the elite leaders and a women's army of 3000 soldiers. The text follows the experiences of two of the elite women: Zhu De's wife, Kang Kequing, who shouldered arms and fought beside him, and Mao Zedong's wife, He Zizhen, who bore children along the way and was forced to leave them behind. The third is one of the women soldiers, Commander Wang Quanyuan. The authors trace the women's stories in three time periods: the Long March itself, a decade later at liberation and then 40 years later. Drawing on interviews and other sources, the text provides an account of this group of unusual women.
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Map of the Long March (1934-36) Part 1 The Long March Prologue 1 The girl commander 2 Lover, mother, wife 3 Not quite real Part 2 The Battle for China Prologue 4 The Red Amazon 5 Communication breakdown 6 Outside looking in Part 3 After victory - what? Prologue 7 About turn 8 Untouchable 9 Never say die The Thirty Women References Index

About the Author

Lily Lee was born in China, has studied in Singapore, the US and Australia and now teaches Chinese language and literature at the University of Sydney. She is the author of The Virtue of Yin: Studies on Chinese women (Wild Peony, 1994). Sue Wiles is a translator, proofreader and desktop publisher. She is the translator (as Sue Mackie) of T'ai Chi, two Chinese books on t'aijiquan (David Ell, 1981).

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