Modern China: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture and Nationalism

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Wang Ke-Wen
Taylor & Francis, Nov 10, 1997 - History - 408 pages
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Charts Western influence and national development
Beginning with the mid-19th century, when China encountered the West and began to enter the modern age, this encyclopedia offers an overview of the world's largest and most populous nation. The coverage includes not only major political topics, but also surveys the arts, business, literature, education, journalism, and all other major aspects of the nation's social, cultural, and economic life. The encyclopedia also offers significant material on such often neglected subjects as women and minorities, modern drama, Sino-French War, the federalist movement, overseas Chinese, Mongolian independence, and more. Special emphasis throughout is on the dramatic changes that have taken place in the country since the end of World War II.

Provides an overview of the modern era
The entries are written by China specialists, who are thoroughly familiar with every aspect of the nation and its peoples. While history predominates, the articles cover all academic fields and include considerable material on recent decades as well as on earlier periods. There are entries on national political leaders and key thinkers, major events and trends in the nation's history, institutions, organizations, and currents of thought that led to the emergence of the modern nation. The encyclopedia's longer essays offer detailed and insightful surveys of censorship, important eras, literary movements, powerful social groups, anti-imperialism campaigns, Five Year Plans, the Sino-Vietnamese War, economic breakthroughs, and other vital topics. The coverage is informed by a thorough exploration of the historical role of Chinese nationalism, a potent force that was shaped by the need to retain national unity and independence under foreign assault.

Useful to experts and general readers
Easy-to-use and easy-to-read, the encyclopedia meets the needs of both specialists and non-specialists. It is an excellent source of basic information and answers to specific questions for students, teachers, journalists, and others interested in the national character, recent history, and social and intellectual forces of this immense country. Asian specialists too will benefit from this ready-reference that pulls together in a single source and organizes for quick access a large volume of facts, data, and historical information gathered by fellow experts. All major entries are followed by an English-language bibliography for pursuing more detailed research.

Special Features
Brings together all aspects of Chinese nationalism * The highly specific focus of many entries is balanced by longer interpretive essays * Covers many topics that inform contemporary issues * All major entries are accompanied by English-language bibliographies * A comprehensive index provides easy access

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About the author (1997)

Ke-wen Wang is Associate Professor of History at St Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont. He received his undergraduate training at National Taiwan University and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in East Asian History from Stanford University. A specialist in the history of the Nationalist era, he has published numerous articles on the subject and served as a consultant for the PBS documentaries China in Revolution and The Mao Years.

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