A majority of the available literature on World War II has overlooked the influence China had on the war. Two years before German Ruler Adolf Hitler attacked Poland, China was already battling with Japan. Moreover, China was among the countries that contributed the highest number of men to fight alongside the Allied forces. Nevertheless, little is told about the incursion, confrontation and political scheming that happened in China during the Second World War.
In his new book, called ‘Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, 1937-1945,’ historian Rana Mitter discusses the contributions made by the three major leaders of the different Chinese factions during the war. These include the famous two; Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek, leaders of the Communists and the Nationalists respectively. The third individual is the unpopular Wang Jingwei, who cooperated with Japan to create a puppet state within China.
The book reveals the unknown details of the war which had been concealed in China’s national archives until a decade ago. It also describes dreadful occurrences such as the Rape of Nanking and the bombing of Chongqing, the capital of China during the war. The Forgotten Ally recounts the crucial role played by the Chinese in the Second World War, including the negative implications the war had on the country. In addition, this publication offers insights on present-day China. After reading this publication, one will appreciate how China perceives the rest of the world, especially its relationship with America.