The Search for Modern China

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1990 - History - 876 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

CONQUEST AND CONSOLIDATION i
7
FOREIGN THREATS IN THE LATE MING
19
THE GLORY OF THE MING J TOWN AND FARM 12 CORRUPTION
21
GROWTH OF MANCHU POWER 16101644
27
FLIGHT OF THE ANTIMING REBELS 16441647
34
ADAPTING TO CHINA 38 CLASS AND RESISTANCE
44
THE THREE FEUDATORIES 16731681
51
THE WAR OF THE THREE FEUDATORIES 16731681 49 TAIWAN
58
FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN CHINA BY COUNTRY 19021936
382
THE MUKDEN INCIDENT SEPTEMBER 1931
392
CHINA AND JAPAN 388 CHINA AND GERMANY
396
THE NANJING GOVERNMENTS MILITARY AND DEBT EXPENDITURES
399
The Drift to War
403
THE LONG MARCH OCTOBER 1934JuNE 1935
406
THE LONG MARCH 403 THE NATIONAL MOOD AND GUOMINDANG
424
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION OF CHINA PROPER AND MANCHURIA
425

THE TREATY OF NERCHINSK 1689
66
THE TREATY OF KIAKHTA 1727
80
Chinese Society and the Reign of Qianlong
90
MACRORECIONS IN MioQiNG CHINA
92
HEBEI SHANDONG AND ALL OF CHINA
94
QIANLONGS WESTERN CAMPAIGNS
98
QING CAMPAIGNS IN VIETNAM 17881789
111
China and the EighteenthCentury World
117
MANAGING THE FOREIGNERS 117 ALIENS AND CHINESE LAW
123
BRITISH SALES OF OPIUM TO CHINA
129
WESTERN IMAGES OF CHINA
132
FRAGMENTATION AND REFORM
137
The First Clash with the West
143
THE OPIUM WAR 18391842
155
THE RESPONSE OF CHINAS SCHOLARS 143 CHINAS POLITICAL
158
THE ALTISHAHR REGION 1835
163
The Crisis Within
165
THE TAIPING REBELLION 18501864
173
THE TREATY PORTS 18541860
180
THE NIAN REBELLION 18511868
187
FOREIGN PRESSURES AND MARXS VIEWS 179 THE NIAN
189
CONFUCIAN REFORM 194 DEFINING FOREIGN POLICY
199
New Tensions in the Late Qing
216
BORDER AFFAIRS 18701895
222
SELFSTRENGTHENING AND THE JAPANESE WAR 2l6 THE REFORM
230
THE BOXER UPRISING 18981901
234
EMERGING FORCES
238
The End of the Dynasty
245
CHINAS RAILWAYS 18801905
251
THE FALL OF THE QING 1911
264
ENVISIONING STATE
269
FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN CHINA 1902 AND 1914
282
A Road Is Made
300
THE WARNING VOICE OF SOCIAL DARWINISM 300 THE PROMISE
325
CHINAS ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF COAL IRON AND STEEL 19121927
326
RAILWAY AND INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION 19121922
328
The Clash
334
THE NORTHERN EXPEDITION 1926
347
THE INITIAL ALLIANCE 334 LAUNCHING THE NORTHERN
354
Experiments in Government
361
THE NORTHERN EXPEDITION 1928
364
EXPENDITURES REVENUES AND DEFICITS OF THE NATIONAL
367
XUNWUS TRADITIONAL LAND RELATIONSHIPS
374
CCP SOVIETS 19271934
378
THE POWER BASE OF CHIANG KAISHEK 361 MAO ZEDONG
379
SAMPLE FARM INCOMES AND EXPENSES IN MICHANG VILLAGE
433
WAR AND REVOLUTION
435
World War II
443
JAPANESE EXPANSION
444
THE WAR IN SOUTH CHINA 19381942
458
MANPOWER CHINESE NATIONALIST ARMIES 19371945
459
CHINAS CURRENCY 19371942
467
JAPANS ICHIGO OFFENSIVE 1944
476
SAMPLE
480
The Fall of the Guomindang State
484
THE COURSE OF FABI DEPRECIATION SEPTEMBER 1945FEBRUARY 1947
499
THE CIVIL WAR IN NORTH CHINA 1948
506
SHIFTS IN GUOMINDANG AND CCP TROOP STRENGTH 19451948
507
The Birth of the Peoples Republic
514
MILITARY REGIONS OF THE PRC 1949
523
DIPLOMATIC RECOGNITION OF THE PRC 19491950
525
COUNTRYSIDE AND TOWN 19491950 514 THE STRUCTURE OF
533
RESULTS OF THE FIVE ANTI MOVEMENT IN SHANGHAI 1952
539
Planning the New Society
541
DISTRIBUTION OF GOVERNMENT BUDGET EXPENDITURES 19501957
545
CHINAS MILITARY BUDGET 19501960
559
THE FIRST FIVEYEAR PLAN 54 I FOREIGN POLICY AND
563
Deepening the Revolution
574
THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD 574 THE SINOSOVIET RIFT
583
BORDER CLASHES 1959
587
POLITICAL INVESTIGATION AND SOCIALIST EDUCATION 590
609
CCP ENROLLMENT 19661976
634
CHINESE TRADE AND COMPLETE PLANT PURCHASES
641
Redefining Revolution
653
FIELDS OF STUDY FOR PROJECTED CHINESE STUDENTS IN THE UNITED
655
THE FOUR MODERNIZATIONS 653 THE FIFTH MODERNIZATION
659
TAIWANS ECONOMIC BASE 1953 AND 1962
669
TAIWAN AND THE SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES 667 TRUTH FROM
675
Levels of Power
683
AGE COMPOSITION OF THE Two SEXES IN CHINAS POPULATION 1982
684
ONE BILLION PEOPLE 683 GOVERNING CHINA IN THE 1OS
690
THE PROBLEMS OF PROSPERITY 19831984 696 REBUILDING
704
NOTES AND PERMISSIONS
749
FURTHER READINGS
769
GLOSSARY
789
ABOUT THE COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
813
A NOTE ON THE CALLIGRAPHY
823
CHINA DURING THE LATE MING
878
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Jonathan D. Spence is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught for thirty years. He has been awarded MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. The Search for Modern China won the Lionel Gelber Award and the Kiriyama Book Prize.

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