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Quelling the People: The Military Suppression of the Beijing Democracy Movement Paperback – 31 Mar 1999


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"The author has done a magnificent job of reconstructing the military mobilization in Beijing and the role of the People's Liberation Army in the bloody suppression of the Chinese people's movement... A moving book that vividly displays the extraordinary bravery of the residents of Beijing." - Pacific Affairs "The author skillfully weaves eyewitness accounts into a smoothly flowing narrative. Two maps of Beijing assist the reader in following the actions described, and there is a seful chronology of events. The work should interest both generalists and specialists, and spans the disciplines of history, political science, and sociology." - The China Quarterly "It took three and a half years for Brook to collect the pieces of this tragic puzzle. The result: a unique and vigorous study that does not try to find out 'who was wrong and who was right,' but concentrates on simple facts." - Liberation (Paris)

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About the Author Timothy Brook is Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto. He has engaged in historical research and traveled extensively throughout China. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A true historical, non-sensational view of the tragedy. 22 Oct. 1999
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The Tiananmen square tragedy can be analyzed, according to Brook, as the result of a single order from the CCP for the PLA to attack civilians. The PLA members and leaders could individually question the order, but once it was given, the order commanded the PLA as a unit to uphold its mandate to protect the CCP from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Therefore, the soldiers, given only deadly weapons with which to protect the party, necessarily did so with deadly force. Unlike other analyses of tragedies that have been produced recently, such as Iris Chang's 'Rape of Nanking' with all its errors, this is an actual work of history that traces the order to attack back to its origin, and therefore answers the painful question of how the party claiming to be the dictatorship of the proletariat could through its military might against its own people. Avoiding sensationalism, Brook analyzes what happened and why without overstepping the bounds of reasonable conjecture. Overall, this is an excellent book for anyone interested in understanding the tragedy of May Fifth.
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