China: A New History, Second Enlarged Edition

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Harvard University Press, 2006 - Reference - 560 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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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

Quintessential book of the history of the Chinese people and culture. Written without the prejudice born during the Red Scare. Factual and seemingly unbiased. Wonderful read. Read full review

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User Review  - barlow304 - LibraryThing

This splendid general history of China is an authoritative guide through millennia, yet it also includes a great amount of material on recent Chinese history, especially in the chapters added by Merle ... Read full review

Contents

Approaches to Understanding Chinas History
1
Part one Rise and Decline of the Imperial Autocracy
27
Part two Late Imperial China 16001911
163
Part three The Republic of China 19121949
255
Part four The Peoples Republic of China
343
China at the Start of the Twentyfirst Century
457
Note on Romanization and Citation
472
Suggested Reading
473
Publishers Note
529
Illustration Credits
531
Author Index
535
General Index
545
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About the author (2006)

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 Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

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