China's Republic

China's Republic

by Diana Lary
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521603552

ISBN-13: 9780521603553

Pub. Date: 01/10/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Twenty-first-century China is emerging from decades of war and revolution into a new era. Yet the past still haunts the present. The ideals of the Chinese Republic, which was founded almost a century ago after 2,000 years of imperial rule, still resonate today as modern China edges towards openness and democracy. In a vivid portrayal of the era of the Republic,

Overview

Twenty-first-century China is emerging from decades of war and revolution into a new era. Yet the past still haunts the present. The ideals of the Chinese Republic, which was founded almost a century ago after 2,000 years of imperial rule, still resonate today as modern China edges towards openness and democracy. In a vivid portrayal of the era of the Republic, Diana Lary traces its history from its beginnings in 1912, through the Nanjing decade, the warlord era, and the civil war with the People's Liberation Army which ended in defeat in 1949. Thereafter, in an unusual excursion from traditional histories of the period, she considers how the Republic has continued to survive in Taiwan, comparing its ongoing prosperity with the economic and social decline of the Communist Mainland in the Mao years. Thus the history of the Republic crosses that of twentieth-century China. The book, which is intended as an introduction to the period for students and general readers, is enhanced with biographies of key protagonists, Chinese proverbs, love stories, poetry and a feast of illustrations.

About the Author:
Diana Lary is Professor of History, affiliated with the Centre of Chinese Research, Institute of Asian Research, at the University of British Columbia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521603553
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/10/2007
Series:
New Approaches to Asian History Series, #2
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     x
List of maps     xiii
List of tables     xiv
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     1
The decline of empire, the dream of a republic: 1890s-1911     14
The early Republic - chaos and creativity: 1912-28     45
The Nanjing decade - a new beginning? 1928-37     81
The Resistance War - warfare and chaos: 1937-45     112
The Civil War - the most vicious conflict: 1946-9     151
More than survival - the Republic on Taiwan: 1949 to the present     178
Conclusion: the end of the Republic?     211
Index of names     217
Index of places     220
Index of subjects     222

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