Historical dictionary of the People's Republic of China /
Lawrence R. Sullivan.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007.
description
lvii, 655 p.
ISBN
0810853809 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780810853805 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007.
isbn
0810853809 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780810853805 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6178931
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Galbraith, Doris. 2008/01/29.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 597-654).
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2007-12-01:
With more than 400 entries, the second edition of this dictionary (1st ed., CH, Sep'98, 36-0065) by Sullivan (Adelphi Univ.) covers important persons, places, events, policies, movements, and organizations dating from the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. The book includes a chronology that begins with the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The articles are well written and include cross-references. Many entries are in pinyin, followed by the English translation. This arrangement may not be very convenient for English speakers to use. The introduction does a good job of summarizing China's modern history. A section covering acronyms and abbreviations, and two charts describing, respectively, the structures of the Chinese Communist Party and of the government, are handy additions for readers seeking to better understand the system. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers. J. Cheng Southern Connecticut State University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-09-01:
Sullivan (political science, Adelphi Univ.) has updated this standard reference work he coauthored with Nancy Travis in 1997. Now more than 400 A-to-Z entries cover the history of the People's Republic of China (PRC) from 1947 to 2006, many added or expanded to provide appropriate coverage of China's changing role in the world. The entries range in length from one paragraph to several pages, and within each, terms having their own entries appear in bold, a feature that makes for a highly effective cross-referencing system. Readers will also find a chronology of the history of the PRC, two charts outlining the structure of the Communist Party and the Chinese government, and a 57-page bibliography based on the bibliography of the first edition but expanded to include articles and books published in the last decade. BOTTOM LINE There is some overlap among this volume and Guo Jian and others' Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (2006) and John F. Copper's Historical Dictionary of Taiwan (Republic of China) (2007, 3d ed.), both published by Scarecrow, but no other titles truly compare. Because of its breadth of coverage and the significance of its subject matter, this volume is highly recommended for institutions with an interest in Asian studies and research libraries, even those owning the first edition.-Ryan Johnson, Univ. of Mississippi, Oxford (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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It is recommended for all libraries...
Lawrence Sullivan's reference work is a distinguished entry in a line of English language historical dictionaries....There are no competing works on the market. Libraries with or without the first edition should strongly consider buying this revision.
The dictionary is recommended....
Few know that the Socialist Education Movement of 1962-66, which advocated the implementation of the "four cleans," was a precursor to the Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1976. Probably even fewer understand the relationship between the People's Republic of China and the autonomous Tibet. Sullivan (political science, Adelphi U.) here presents a strong command of the political history of the PRC, and keeps his more than 400 entries concise and loaded with data. Sullivan includes events, people and trends in his consideration; his bibliographies are particularly good and he supplies a thorough and very helpful chronology, which also works as a cross reference to the entries. The result is sure to help high school students and general readers significantly in their search for the basics.
Because of its breadth of coverage and the significance of its subject matter, this volume is highly recommended....
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When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seized power in October 1949 China was one of the poorest nations in the world. In fact, it was so weak it had been conquered by Japan, a country one-tenth its size, a decade earlier. Now, more than fifty years later, the People's Republic of China (PRC) is an emerging economic, political, and military superpower with the world's fastest growing economy and largest population (1.3 billion in 2005). A member of the United Nations Security Council since the early 1970s and a nuclear power, China wields enormous influence in the world community. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China contains more than 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on individual topics spanning China's political, economic, and social system along with short biographies on important figures-from politicians to writers and movie directors-who have shaped Chinese history during the period of Communist rule from 1949 to 2006. Supplementing the entries are a chronology, an introduction, charts outlining the structure of the Chinese government, and a bibliography of works in English, making this a superb resource for college and high school students needing a quick reference on contemporary China.
Long Description
When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seized power in October 1949 China was one of the poorest nations in the world. In fact, it was so weak it had been conquered by Japan, a country one-tenth its size, a decade earlier. Now, more than fifty years later, the People's Republic of China (PRC) is an emerging economic, political, and military superpower with the world's fastest growing economy and largest population (1.3 billion in 2005). A member of the United Nations Security Council since the early 1970s and a nuclear power, China wields enormous influence in the world community. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China contains more than 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on individual topics spanning China's political, economic, and social system along with short biographies on important figures ”from politicians to writers and movie directors ”who have shaped Chinese history during the period of Communist rule from 1949 to 2006. Supplementing the entries are a chronology, an introduction, charts outlining the structure of the Chinese government, and a bibliography of works in English, making this a superb resource for college and high school students needing a quick reference on contemporary China.

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