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China : a new history

Author: John King Fairbank; Merle Goldman
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd enl. edView all editions and formats
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A broad history of China, covering the period from the earliest archaeological records to the present. Updated by Merle Goldman from the original 1992 edition in order to include the reforms in the post-Mao period through the early years of the twenty-first century, including the leadership of Hu Jintao. She also provides an epilogue discussing the changes in contemporary China that will shape the nation in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John King Fairbank; Merle Goldman
ISBN: 9780674018280 0674018281
OCLC Number: 61821937
Description: xix, 560 pages, [48] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Approaches to understanding China's history --
Part 1. Rise and decline of the imperial autocracy. Origins: The discoveries of archaeology --
The first unification: Imperial Confucianism --
Reunification in the Buddhist age --
China's greatest age: Northern and southern Song --
The paradox of Song China and inner Asia --
Government in the Ming dynasty --
The Qing success story --
Part 2. Late Imperial China, 1600-1911. The paradox of growth without development --
Frontier unrest and the opening of China --
Rebellion and restoration --
Early modernization and the decline of Qing power --
The Republican Revolution, 1901-1916 --
Part 3. The Republic of China, 1912-1949. The quest for a Chinese civil society --
The Nationalist revolution and the Nanjing government --
The second coming of the Chinese Communist Party --
China's War of Resistance, 1937-1945 --
The civil war and the nationalists on Taiwan --
Part 4. The People's Republic of China. Establishing control of state and countryside --
The Great Leap Forward, 1958-1960 --
The Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976 --
The post-Mao reform era / by Merle Goldman --
Epilogue: China at the start of the twenty-first century / by Merle Goldman.
Responsibility: John King Fairbank and Merle Goldman.

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John King Fairbank was the West's doyen on China, and this book is the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast ancient civilisation. It remains a masterwork without  Read more...

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Manages to tell its sprawling, turbulent, 4,000-year story in a single volume without either losing clarity or oversimplifying its subject...Rich and fascinating. -- Arnold R. Isaacs San Francisco Read more...

 
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