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The search for modern China /
Jonathan D. Spence.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
New York : W.W. Norton, c1999.
description
xxxi, 728, [A131] p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0393973514 (pbk.)
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imprint
New York : W.W. Norton, c1999.
isbn
0393973514 (pbk.)
catalogue key
5469398
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1991-03-15:
Spence advocates democracy in China and presents contemporary views of its oppressive history, including Chiang Kai-Shek's fascist supporters and the bloodbath known as the Cultural Revolution. ``A splendid achievement, this sweeping . . . epic chronicle compresses four centuries of political and social change into a sharply observant narrative,'' said PW . Photos. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 1990-10-01:
Since the Tiananmen Square incident in Beijing, many observers have lamented China's suppression of its students and intellectuals. But in a new work, Spence (Yale) reminds readers that Chinese intellectuals and its people have suffered similar disappointments before. Chronicling nearly 400 years of history, from the late Ming to 1989, Spence traces the attempts of Chinese rulers and reformers to wrestle with problems of national integration, population pressure, economic development, and foreign challenges. He defines a modern nation as one that is receptive to new markets, new technologies, and new ideas. By this criterion, he argues that China has never been a modern nation, nor is it likely to be able to make such a claim in the future unless its people are given a voice in determining their fate. Spence's rich and lucid narrative is informed by an admirable synthesis of recent scholarship, all amply documented in the endnotes and bibliography. Generous references to literature and art woven into the text make this the most well rounded survey of China's last four centuries. Suitable for undergraduates, lower-division and up, graduate students, faculty, and general readers. F. Ng California State University, Fresno
Summaries
Main Description
Look no further for a comprehensive narrative of Chinese history from the fall of the Ming dynasty to the present. Beautifully written by a leading scholar in the field, the new edition of The Search for Modern China brings to life the characters and events of China's turbulent modern history. The narrative is detailed balanced, integrating political and cultural history with social and economic developments. Spence has streamlined and thoroughly updated the text in light of new scholarship and the major new steps China has taken in the last ten years. The Search for Modern China, Second Edition, features a visually striking art program that includes more than 150 illustrations-many by world-famous photographers-50 maps, and many helpful tables.
Main Description
Beautifully written by a leading scholar in the field, the new edition of The Search for Modern China brings to life the characters and events of China's turbulent modern history. The narrative is detailed balanced, integrating political and cultural history with social and economic developments. Spence has streamlined and thoroughly updated the text in light of new scholarship and the major new steps China has taken in the last ten years. The Search for Modern China, Second Edition, features a visually striking art program that includes more than 150 illustrations-many by world-famous photographers-50 maps, and many helpful tables.
Main Description
Beautifully written by a leading scholar in the field, the new edition of The Search for Modern China brings to life the characters and events of China's turbulent modern history. The narrative is detailed balanced, integrating political and cultural history with social and economic developments. Spence has streamlined and thoroughly updated the text in light of new scholarship and the major new steps China has taken in the last ten years. The Search for Modern China , Second Edition, features a visually striking art program that includes more than 150 illustrations'”many by world-famous photographers'”50 maps, and many helpful tables.
Main Description
Beautifully written by a leading scholar in the field, the new edition of The Search for Modern China brings to life the characters and events of China "s turbulent modern history. The narrative is detailed balanced, integrating political and cultural history with social and economic developments. Spence has streamlined and thoroughly updated the text in light of new scholarship and the major new steps China has taken in the last ten years. The Search for Modern China , Second Edition, features a visually striking art program that includes more than 150 illustrations ”many by world-famous photographers ”50 maps, and many helpful tables.
Main Description
Look no further for a comprehensive narrative of Chinese history from the fall of the Ming dynasty to the present.
Main Description
Jonathan D. Spence is George Burton Adams Professor of History at Yale University and author of eight acclaimed books on China. Here he has written a very readable history of this fascinating country. "To understand . . . China's past there is no better place to start than Jonathan D. Spences excellent new book".--The New York Times Book Review front page review. 136 pages of photographs.
Table of Contents
List of Mapsp. xv
List of Tablesp. xvii
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
The Use of Pinyinp. xxv
Conquest and Consolidationp. 1
The Late Mingp. 7
The Glory of the Mingp. 7
Town and Farmp. 12
Corruption and Hardshipp. 16
The Ming Collapsep. 21
The Manchu Conquestp. 26
The Rise of the Qingp. 26
Conquering the Mingp. 32
Adapting to Chinap. 38
Class and Resistancep. 44
Kangxi's Consolidationp. 49
The War of the Three Feudatories, 1673-1681p. 49
Taiwan and Maritime Chinap. 53
Wooing the Intellectualsp. 58
Defining the Bordersp. 64
A Mixed Legacyp. 69
Yongzheng's Authorityp. 74
Qing Power and Taxation in the Countrysidep. 74
The Center and Channels of Powerp. 79
Moral Authorityp. 84
Chinese Society and the Reign of Qianlongp. 90
Social Pressures and Population Growthp. 90
"Like the sun at Midday"p. 97
Eighteenth-Century Confucianismp. 102
The Dream of the Red Chamberp. 106
Qianlong's Later Yearsp. 110
China and the Eighteenth-Century Worldp. 117
Managing the Foreignersp. 117
Aliens and Chinese Lawp. 123
Opiump. 128
Western Images of Chinap. 132
Fragmentation and Reformp. 137
The First Clash with the Westp. 143
The Response of China's Scholarsp. 143
China's Political Responsep. 147
Britain's Military Responsep. 152
The New Treaty Systemp. 158
The Crisis Withinp. 165
Social Dislocation North and Southp. 165
The Taipingp. 170
Foreign Pressures and Marx's Viewsp. 179
The Nian Rebellionp. 184
Muslim Revoltsp. 189
Restoration through Reformp. 194
Confucian Reformp. 194
Defining Foreign Policyp. 199
The Missionary Presencep. 204
Overseas Chinesep. 210
New Tensions in the Late Qingp. 216
Self-Strengthening and the Japanese Warp. 216
The Reform Movement of 1898p. 224
Three Sides of Nationalismp. 230
Emerging Forcesp. 238
The End of the Dynastyp. 245
The Qing Constitutionp. 245
New Railways, New Armyp. 249
Nationalists and Socialistsp. 256
Qing Fallp. 262
Envisioning State and Societyp. 269
The New Republicp. 275
Experiment in Democracyp. 275
The Rule of Yuan Shikaip. 281
Militarists in China and Chinese in Francep. 288
The Political Thinking of Sun Yat-Senp. 294
"A Road Is Made"p. 300
The Warning Voice of Social Darwinismp. 300
The Promise of Marxismp. 305
The Facets of May Fourthp. 310
The Comintern and the Birth of the Ccpp. 319
The Industrial Sectorp. 325
The Clashp. 334
The Initial Alliancep. 334
Launching the Northern Expeditionp. 341
Shanghai Springp. 348
Wuhan Summer, Canton Winterp. 354
Experiments in Governmentp. 361
The Power Base of Chiang Kai-Shekp. 361
Mao Zedong and the Rural Sovietsp. 370
China and the United Statesp. 379
China and Japanp. 388
China and Germanyp. 396
The Drift to Warp. 403
The Long Marchp. 403
The National Mood and Guomindang Ideologyp. 410
Crisis at Xi'anp. 418
The Chinese Poorp. 424
War and Revolutionp. 435
World War IIp. 443
The Loss of East Chinap. 443
China Dividedp. 450
Chongqing and Yan'an, 1938-1941p. 456
Chongqing and Yan'an in the Widening Warp. 466
War's Endp. 474
The Fall of the Guomindang Statep. 484
The Japanese Surrender and the Marshall Missionp. 484
Land Reform and the Manchurian Basep. 491
The Losing Battle with Inflationp. 498
Defeat of the Guomindang Armiesp. 504
The Birth of the People's Republicp. 514
Countryside and Town, 1949-1950p. 514
The Structure of the New Governmentp. 519
The Korean Warp. 524
Mass Party, Mass Campaignsp. 533
Planning the New Societyp. 541
The First Five-Year Planp. 541
Foreign Policy and the National Minoritiesp. 551
Army Reformp. 557
The Hundred Flowersp. 563
Deepening the Revolutionp. 574
The Great Leap Forwardp. 574
The Sino-Soviet Riftp. 583
Political Investigation and "Socialist Education"p. 590
The Cult of Mao and the Criticsp. 596
Launching the Cultural Revolutionp. 602
Party Retrenchment and the Death of Lin Biaop. 609
Living in the Worldp. 619
Reopening the Doorsp. 627
The United States and the Nixon Visitp. 627
Attacking Confucius and Lin Biaop. 633
Defining the Economy, 1974-1975p. 639
1976: the Old Guard Diesp. 645
Redefining Revolutionp. 653
The Four Modernizationsp. 653
The Fifth Modernizationp. 659
Taiwan and the Special Economic Zonesp. 667
"Truth From Facts"p. 675
Levels of Powerp. 683
One Billion Peoplep. 683
Governing China in the 1980sp. 690
The Problems of Prosperity, 1983-1984p. 696
Rebuilding the Lawp. 704
Testing the Limitsp. 712
Emerging Tensions in 1985p. 712
Democracy's Chorusp. 719
Broadening the Basep. 727
Social Strainsp. 733
The Breaking Pointp. 738
Notes and Permissionsp. 749
Further Readingsp. 769
Glossaryp. 789
About the Color Illustrationsp. 813
Illustration Creditsp. 817
A Note on the Calligraphyp. 823
Indexp. 825
Map: China During the Late Mingp. 878
Map: Contemporary Chinap. 880
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