Historical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China by Lawrence R. SullivanHistorical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China by Lawrence R. Sullivan

Historical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China

byLawrence R. Sullivan

Hardcover | May 23, 2007

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When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seized power in October 1949 China was one of the poorest nations in the world. In fact, it was so weak it had been conquered by Japan, a country one-tenth its size, a decade earlier. Now, more than fifty years later, the People's Republic of China (PRC) is an emerging economic, political, and military superpower with the world's fastest growing economy and largest population (1.3 billion in 2005). A member of the United Nations Security Council since the early 1970s and a nuclear power, China wields enormous influence in the world community. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China contains more than 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on individual topics spanning China's political, economic, and social system along with short biographies on important figures-from politicians to writers and movie directors-who have shaped Chinese history during the period of Communist rule from 1949 to 2006. Supplementing the entries are a chronology, an introduction, charts outlining the structure of the Chinese government, and a bibliography of works in English, making this a superb resource for college and high school students needing a quick reference on contemporary China.
Lawrence R. Sullivan is Associate Professor of Political Science at Adelphi University.
Title:Historical Dictionary of the People's Republic of ChinaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:720 pages, 8.81 × 6.05 × 2.02 inPublished:May 23, 2007Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810853809

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Reader's Note Part 3 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 4 Chronology Part 5 Maps and Charts Part 6 Introduction Part 7 THE DICTIONARY Part 8 Bibliography Part 9 About the Author

Editorial Reviews

Few know that the Socialist Education Movement of 1962-66, which advocated the implementation of the "four cleans," was a precursor to the Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1976. Probably even fewer understand the relationship between the People's Republic of China and the autonomous Tibet. Sullivan (political science, Adelphi U.) here presents a strong command of the political history of the PRC, and keeps his more than 400 entries concise and loaded with data. Sullivan includes events, people and trends in his consideration; his bibliographies are particularly good and he supplies a thorough and very helpful chronology, which also works as a cross reference to the entries. The result is sure to help high school students and general readers significantly in their search for the basics.