Book The search for modern China / Jonathan D. Spence.
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Call Number DS754 .S653 2013
Media class: Book
Edition: Third Edition.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393934519 0393934519
Extent: xxxiii, 707, A136 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Jonathan Spence's text, the classic introduction to modern China for students and general readers, emerged from his introductory course at Yale, in which he traced the beginnings of modern China to internal developments beginning in the early 17th century. It is strong on social and political history, as well as Chinese culture and its intersections with politics.
Conquest and consolidation. The late Ming -- The Manchu conquest -- Kangxi's consolidation -- Yongzheng's authority -- Chinese society and the reign of Qianlong -- China and the eighteenth-century world -- Fragmentation and reform. The first clash with the West -- The crisis within -- Restoration through reform -- New tensions in the late Qing -- The end of the dynasty -- Envisioning state and society. The new republic -- "A road is made" -- The fractured alliance -- The Guomindang in power -- Communist survival -- War and revolution. World War II -- The fall of the Guomindang state -- The birth of the People's Republic -- Planning the new society -- Deepening the revolution -- Cultural Revolution -- Re-entering the world. Reopening the doors -- Redefining revolution -- Levels of power -- Testing the limits -- Century's end -- Breakthrough?