English

2012 New History
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The Wartime Jiang-Wang Duet in Perspective

Jiu-jung Lo

Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica

Despite all the power struggles and political conspiracies that marked the wartime relationship between Chongqing and Nanjing, speculations about a tacit agreement between Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-shek) and Wang Jingwei on some kind of division of labor in resisting the Japanese aggression lingered on. It was not only active collaborators who used this to exonerate themselves from charges of treason and disloyalty, many people in the occupied territories tended to give Wang Jingwei and his followers the benefit of the doubt. By tracing the origin of the ”duet discourse” back to the historical narrative of Orphan Zhao, this essay examines the logic and the development of the Jiang-Wang duet discourse from historical, political, and cultural perspectives.

 

Keywords: collaboration, Wang Jingwei, historical narrative, Shi Ji, The Story of Orphan Zhao, nationalism