The Origins of Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations

Zhou Enlai and Japan

  • Authors
  • Mayumi¬†Itoh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Mayumi Itoh
    Pages 1-6
  3. Mayumi Itoh
    Pages 19-33
  4. Mayumi Itoh
    Pages 35-55
  5. Mayumi Itoh
    Pages 57-74
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    Pages 97-114
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    Pages 115-134
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    Pages 135-143
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    Pages 145-164
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  11. Mayumi Itoh
    Pages 187-201
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 203-243

About this book


In this book, Mayumi Itoh presents a comprehensive and in-depth examination of China's first Premier Zhou Enlai's youth in Japan, where he received his enlightenment in Marxism from the Japanese scholar Kawakami Hajime. Itoh analyzes primary sources including diaries and letters to reveal the innermost thoughts of young Zhou about how to save China from total destruction by imperial powers, and demonstrate how Zhou's time in Japan gave him a profound understanding of the Japanese people and society. These formative experiences would become the foundation for post-World War II Chinese foreign policy toward Japan and the origins of contemporary Sino-Japanese relations.


Japan China Diplomacy Protest Revolution Political leadership Generational change Globalization

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