The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China

Hardcover | August 4, 2016

EditorJeffrey N. Wasserstrom

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This lavishly illustrated volume explores the history of China during a period of dramatic shifts and surprising transformations, from the founding of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) through to the present day. The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China promises to be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this rising superpower on the verge of what promises to be the "Chinese century", introducing readers to important but often overlooked events in China's past, such as the bloodyTaiping Civil War (1850-1864), which had a death toll far higher than the roughly contemporaneous American Civil War. It also helps readers see more familiar landmarks in Chinese history in new ways, such as the Opium War (1839-1842), the Boxer Uprising of 1900, the rise to power of the ChineseCommunist Party in 1949, and the Tiananmen protests and Beijing Massacre of 1989. This is one of the first major efforts - and in many ways the most ambitious to date - to come to terms with the broad sweep of modern Chinese history, taking readers from the origins of modern China right up through the dramatic events of the last few years (the Beijing Games, the financial crisis,and China's rise to global economic pre-eminence) which have so fundamentally altered Western views of China and China's place in the world.

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This lavishly illustrated volume explores the history of China during a period of dramatic shifts and surprising transformations, from the founding of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) through to the present day. The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China promises to be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this rising su...

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, and Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies. He has edited a number of books on China and is the author of four: Student Protests in Twentieth Century China: The View from Shanghai (1991), China's Brave New World-And Other Tales for Global ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.92 inPublished:August 4, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199683751

ISBN - 13:9780199683758

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Table of Contents

Jeffrey Wasserstrom: Introduction1. Anne Gerritsen: From Late Ming to High Qing, 1550-17922. Stephen R. Platt: New Domestic and Global Challenges, 1792-18603. Robert Bickers: Restoration and reform, 1860-19004. Peter Zarrow: Felling a Dynasty, Founding a Republic5. James Carter: The Rise of Nationalism and Revolutionary Parties, 1919-19376. Rana Mitter: The War Years, 1937-19497. S. A. Smith: The Early Years of the People's Republic, 1950-19648. Richard Curt Kraus: The Cultural Revolution Era, 1964-19769. Timothy Cheek: Reform and Rebuilding, 1976-198810. Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Kate Merkel-Hess: Tiananmen and Its Aftermath, 1989-199911. William A. Callahan: China Rising, 2000-201012. Ian Johnson: The Presence of the Past - A CodaTimelineFurther ReadingIndex

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"This vividly illustrated volume carries the story forward at a fast pace. It solves the problem of how to take a new look at modern China and shows how Chinese modernity is rooted both in the past and in complex social and economic change." --John Gittings, author of The Changing Face of China and former East Asia editor for the Guardian 09/03/2016