Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What?

Ask your own question based on the reading.  It could be plot/sequence clarification, quote interpretation, 'bigger picture' question, etc.  Ideally it is a question for which you do not know the answer.

25 comments:

  1. what are the japanese and Chinese really fighting about? sorry-probably obvious- but i haven't really figured that part out yet!

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    1. Yes I had the same question, why did the japanese try to invade china, was there a real conflict or did they just want the territory and the resources?

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    2. my answer! (homework due may 2nd)
      and that is that is that they are fighting over what everyone has fought over for the history of time! money! and they are using land and resources as means to obtain it. they also seam to be fighting over politics..? and Stalin is encouraging it... I'm sorry, I'm still sort of confused.

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  2. why does Stalin have such intrest in Chinese and Japanese relations?

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    1. Stalin saw Japan as a threat to his Nation and who better to fight them them China? China wanted to serve Russia as best they could and this is how they did it. Stalin alos had alot of influence and control over Mao at the beginning of Mao's leadership, but as time went on Mao seemed to become the "big dog" and push Stalin out of the picture a tad bit. I think that Mao also gained alot of freedom from Stalin when he founded the Communist Group of East asian countries. with those countries by his side, he had the upper hand against RUSSIA.

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  3. What exactly was Mao's role in this? Did he have a lot of power?

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    1. According to Wikipedia, Mao's was more centered in the struggle between the CCP and the nationalists. He was chosen to draft a preliminary plan of how to successfully seize Chiang Kai Shek's power.

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    2. After further research on this, I have found that Mao (and his party) thought this war would be a good thing to get involved in because, if they were successful, it would define their leading role in China. Mao thought that if they made peace with Japan, then the CCP would be excluded and possibly even dissolved at their expense. So perhaps his role was less in a national effort than a personal effort for the sake of his own party. And this is not surprising because many times before we have seen the very selfish side of Mao.

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  4. Why did Mao not help as much as he could?

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    1. After I looked up this topic more and re-read the homework from yesterday I found that Mao didn't help because he wasn't in charge of the Communist Party yet. I think also that he wasn't that invested, it wasn't his problem so he ignored it and hoped that someone else would deal with it whilst he was off doing other things.

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  5. Why didn't Mao regard the Sino-Japanese war as "a conflict in which all Chinese could fight together"? Why couldn't he put his differences with Chiang aside?

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    1. Mao had a plan to allow Japan to destroy Chiang's army. He did not want to help Chiang. Mao knew that Japan would weaken Chjiang's army, which would work in Mao's favor. Instead of focusing on defeating Japan, Mao's focus was still on rising to power.

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  6. EMMA GAWRONSKI:

    What exactly is Mao's relationship with Stalin?

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    1. How did Mao see ninjing in relation to the war?

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  8. What's the difference between "8RA" AND "N4A"?

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  9. Why did Mao order the Chinese Red Army to get involved in japanese affairs?

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  10. How and why did Mao lose control and power over the CCP? ( page 206)

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    1. In contrairy to Mao, lots of the CCP leader thought that they should fight Japan first and than handle the nationalists. When Mao insisted that the CCP army should not fight Japan, he lost support time after time. People started to want Wang Ming as leader because he was the figure for the " fight japan first"- fraction. When Stalin insisted that the CCP would stand under the command of the national HQ, Mao lost a lot of Power.

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  11. why didnt mao have any stratgy for driving the Japanese out of China?

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  12. What is the history behind ZZZ? He was introduced fairly suddenly.
    Is there a connection between Chinese school teachers and leaders of Communist movements?

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    1. Though not much is said about his transition into a full - fledged general of a faction, ZZZ was an instructor at the Chinese equivalent of West Point, which wasn't entirely clear in the reading. This helped explain how he suddenly made a name for himself as a general.

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  13. Why did ZZZ hesitate/avoid conflict with he japanese when ever possible, what happened to nationalist mentality and vigor?

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