Chiang Kai-shek: A Reassessment In the Light of New Sources



Chiang Kai-shek: A Reassessment In the Light of New Sources

Emily Hill (Department of History, Queen's University)
Paul H. Tai (Department of Political Science, University of Detroit-Mercy)
Steve Tsang (St Antony's College, Oxford University)
Tai-chun Kuo (Hoover Institution)
Hsiao-ting Lin (Hoover Institution)
Ramon H. Myers (Hoover Institution)

This is part of a two-week Hoover-Oxford workshop which began September 20 and brings together leading China experts to study and discuss materials from Hoover Institution Archives.  New acquisitions include Kuomintang (KMT) party archives, diaries of Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo, private papers of T. V. Soong, H. H. K’ung, Lei Chen, Tseng Chi, etc. These newly available historical materials open up a window to understand China by presenting new interpretations and reassessing important events and leaders of 20th century China. 

One of the key matters under discussion at the workshop is what can be learned from the failures and successes of the Kuomintang (KMT) party reforms in developing new and more efficient institutions. The effect of reforms taken by Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan during the 1950s proved more successful than their efforts during the 1930s in Nanking, China. The reforms show how Chiang Kai-shek and Kuomintang were able to rise from the ashes through party and state recreation, economic transformation, and believe-system change.

Monday, September 27, 2010 | 4:30 pm — 6:00 pm
Hoover Building - Room 238

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