China: A New History, Second Enlarged Edition

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Harvard University Press, Apr 30, 2006 - Reference - 640 pages
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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 civilization. It remains a masterwork without parallel. The distinguished historian Merle Goldman brings the book up to date, covering 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 years to come.


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Approaches to Understanding Chinas History
Part one Rise and Decline of the Imperial Autocracy
Part two Late Imperial China 16001911
Part three The Republic of China 19121949
Part four The Peoples Republic of China
China at the Start of the Twentyfirst Century
Note on Romanization and Citation
Suggested Reading
Publishers Note
Illustration Credits
Author Index
General Index

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John King Fairbank was Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and Director of the East Asian Research Center at Harvard University.

Merle Goldman is Professor of History, Emerita, at Boston University and Associate of the John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University.

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