The Rise of Communism in China
51 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2021
Date Written: December 14, 2020
We show that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) experienced significantly faster growth in counties occupied by the Japanese Army than those garrisoned by the Kuomingtang (KMT) during the Sino-Japanese War (c. 1940-45), using the density of middle-to-upper rank Communist cadres (5.4%) and the size of the guerilla base (10.3%) as proxies. The struggle for survival and humiliation caused by wartime sex crimes are the channels through which the CCP ascended to power. We also find that people who live in former Japanese-occupied counties today are significantly more nationalistic and exhibit greater trust in the government than those who reside elsewhere.
Keywords: Communist Revolution, Peasant Nationalism, Struggle for Survival, Humiliation and Hatred, Puppet Troops, China
JEL Classification: D74, F51, F52, N45
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