Peoples China: A Brief History

Paperback | September 1, 1997

byCraig Dietrich

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Now completely revised and updated, this balanced and lively history of the Peoples Republic of China offers a narrative and interpretive appraisal of this great nation since its post-World War II beginnings. Opening with the sweeping changes that occurred when Mao Zedong and the Communistsdefeated Chiang Kai-shek in 1949 and took over a China which was still reeling from World War II, this text introduces the unique characters and events which have shaped recent Chinese history. It also illuminates such epic events as the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and the post-Maoreforms. This new edition takes into account China's increasing economic liberalization along with its continuing authoritarianism. Including important new materials as well as a thoroughly rewritten final chapter, the third edition of People's China is completely up-to-date, chronologically unpacking theessential story of modern China -- the historical background, the ideologies, the grand economic achievements, and the cruel repression, making it an ideal text for courses in history and political science.

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Now completely revised and updated, this balanced and lively history of the Peoples Republic of China offers a narrative and interpretive appraisal of this great nation since its post-World War II beginnings. Opening with the sweeping changes that occurred when Mao Zedong and the Communistsdefeated Chiang Kai-shek in 1949 and took over...

Craig Dietrich is at University of Southern Maine.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195106296

ISBN - 13:9780195106299

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A NOTE ON THE ROMANIZATION OF CHINESE WORDSINTRODUCTION1. OLD CHINA AND YOUNG REVOLUTIONARIESVillage China and Young MaoTo the cityUnification, Invasion, and Civil WarPersonalities and CausesWas China Ripe for Revolution?2. REVOLUTIONARIES SEIZE POWER: 1949-52Establishing SovereigntyInstalling the New OrderThe Korean WarCampaignsDisappointments, Ironies, and Contradictions3. SOCIALIST TRANSFORMATION: 1953-57The First Five-Year PlanThe First Five-Year PlanThe High Tide of 1955The Eighth Party Congress, September 1956The Hundred Flowers Campaign4. THE GREAT LEAP FORWARDInitial Stages of the Great LeapThe Great Leap in the AscendantThe Great Leap in Decline5. DEPRESSION, RECOVERY, AND STRUGGLE AT THE TOP: 1960-65The Immediate Repercussions of the Great LeapPolitical Crisis6. THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION: 1966-69ParticipantsTidal WaveThe Flood Receded7. THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION IN RETREAT: 1969-76Failure to Consolidate Radical Rule: 1969-71The Uneasy Regime of the Moderates: 1972-75Mao's Final Months and the Arrest of the Gang of Four: 1976An End and a Beginning8. CROSSING THE RIVER, GROPING FOR THE STONES: REFORM IN THE 1980sPower StruggleSocialist Economies with Chinese CharacteristicsPolitical DilemmasForeign PolicyChinese Society Under ReformPolitical Tensions9. "WE MUST NOT LET THE NEXT GENERATION POUR A BUCKET OF EXCREMENT ON OUR HEADS": THE TRAGEDY AT TIANANMENSeven Extraordinary Weeks10. THE NINETIES: TWO FACES OF CHINARegaining ControlThe Stern Face of AuthorityXiaokang: The Happy Face of "Modest Prosperity"New World, New PossibilitiesChinese Society and Culture: Trends and ProblemsNOTESSUGGESTED READINGSINDEX

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"A lucid, dispassionate account of Chinese history during the last four decades. It is based on sound, scholarly research, and reads extremely well. A valuable contribution."--E-tu Zen Sun, Pennsylvania State University