There are similar (and more anguished) memoirs, written and oral, of people who stayed from the 1950s (and earlier) through the CR, ended up in prison (or in horrible conditions) but maintained their allegiance to the PRC and the CCP: The Crooks, the Epsteins, at least one Italian. They are usually evaluated in exactly the same way Mindy mentioned (brainwashing, some form of psychological twist, etc.). And, in these later cases, these people insisted on maintaining their "fidelity" to the revolution at a time when the revolution was over.
Thanks for sharing this thoughtful review, Jeremy.
First, I’ll be stealing your class discussion question: “imagine that China held an open presidential election after Japan surrendered in August 1945. For whom would you have voted?”
Thanks, guys, for taking an interest. I'm so deep in the muck of all this, I don't always realize just what other people find interesting and why. Fabio asked for some more of the "texts relative to their indictment" which should not be a problem, if you can give me some time. I will post an URL here in due course and upload the scanned texts to my university website, the one I mention in my short report on research in Sweden, posted on the PRCHISTORY.ORG "Research Notes" page.
I join Matt in thanking Michael for these amazing documents. Also, I know Julian Fürst who directs the Bristol project and her work is excellent.
I don't know about others' thoughts, but in addition to being hugely grateful to Michael for sharing this document, two rather free associations come to mind for me --
Just a brief invitation to take a stroll by the "links and resources" page of prchistory.org (http://prchistory.org/links-and-resources/), if you've got a moment, and share your thoughts concerning essential online resources that we've not yet included. I hope to keep that section of the site a regularly updated feature, and so would be most grateful for your suggestions now or in the future.
I'm likewise intrigued by the origins, so to speak, of document form. Having just spent a few weeks with the KMT files in the Hoover Institution library and archives this summer, followed an even more recent survey of 1949-1953 上海市军事管制委员会文化教育管理委员会 files, one immediate parallel between the two "parties of a new type" is that internal communications within both bureaucratic structures use the same "...字...号" log number format.
Jacob’s comment is very valuable, and the book on archival science he is referring to is clearly a “must have” item.
As Michael said, form is content with official Chinese documents. I found the following handbook very helpful:
黄存勋，刘文杰，雷荣广： 档案文献学 (高等学校教材）