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Thomas H. Reilly

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190929503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190929503.001.0001

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Resisting Japan, Fighting Imperialism

Resisting Japan, Fighting Imperialism

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Saving the Nation

Thomas H. Reilly

Oxford University Press

In China’s war with Japan, the Chinese people heroically struggled against Japan, especially in the early years of the war, 1937–1941. The Japanese waged a ruthless attack on soldiers and civilians alike. The Protestant elite sounded the call to resistance. One of the most brutal incidents of the war was the Rape of Nanjing, and the Protestant women’s college, Ginling College, served as the center of a safety zone that protected civilians from the onslaught. Another victim of Japan’s aggression was Liu Zhanen, president of the University of Shanghai, a mission-affiliated school, who was assassinated because of his high-profile defiance of Japan. The YMCA through secretaries such as Liu Liangmo and Jiang Wenhan supported the Nationalist war effort through the association’s services to wounded soldiers and to refugee students. Both men also reached out to their Communist compatriots, allies in the fight against Japanese imperialism.

Keywords:   War of Resistance, Rape of Nanjing, Ginling College, Minnie Vautrin, Liu Zhanen, University of Shanghai, Jiang Wenhan, Student Relief Association, Yan’an

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