China: A Modern History

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China's transformation in the last few decades has been perhaps the most remarkable - and most controversial - development in modern history. Barely a century removed from the struggling and out-dated Qing Empire, China has managed to reinvent itself on an unprecedented scale: from Empire, to Communist state, to hybrid capitalist superpower. Yet the full implications of China's rapid march to modernity are not widely understood - particularly, the effects of China's meteoric rise on the nation's many ethnic ...

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Overview

China's transformation in the last few decades has been perhaps the most remarkable - and most controversial - development in modern history. Barely a century removed from the struggling and out-dated Qing Empire, China has managed to reinvent itself on an unprecedented scale: from Empire, to Communist state, to hybrid capitalist superpower. Yet the full implications of China's rapid march to modernity are not widely understood - particularly, the effects of China's meteoric rise on the nation's many ethnic minorities. China: A Modern History is the definitive guide to this complex contemporary phenomenon. Deng Xiaoping's 1980s policy of "reform and opening," which saw China enter the world market, is only the most recent in a series of dramatic shifts that have transformed Chinese society over the past 150 years. China: A Modern History explores these contrasts in detail, while also highlighting the enduring values which have informed Chinese identity for millennia. Michael Dillon's China: A Modern History is essential reading for those interested in the past, present and future course of one of the world's great nations. Clearly and compellingly written, this will stand as the best introduction to this spectacular and still-unfinished story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780763811
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 1,375,373
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Dillon is Visiting Professor in Modern Chinese Politics at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He was previously at the University of Durham where he taught modern Chinese history and Chinese in the Department of East Asian Studies and was founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Asiatic Society. He has written extensively on Chinese history and politics and his many books include Contemporary China: An Introduction, China's Muslims, Xinjiang: China's Muslim Far Northwest and China: A Historical and Cultural Dictionary (ed). He has travelled extensively in China and carried out fieldwork for over 25 years and is a frequent commentator on Chinese and Asian affairs for the BBC and other international broadcasters.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Rise and Fall of the Chinese Empire
• China and the West: The Road to the Opium War
• Taiping, Nain and Muslim Uprisings (1850-1884)
• Restoration and Colonisation (1861-1884)
• Boxer Rising and Imperial Decline (1899-1911)
• The Struggle for the Republic of China (1911-1916)
• May Fourth Movement, Communists and Nationalists (1917-1924)
• Northern Expedition and United Front (1923-1927)
• Nanjing Expedition and Long March (11927-1937)
• Japanese Invasion, Second United Front and Civil war (1937-1949)
• Interlude: New China, New history?
• Liberation and People's Republic of China (1949-1954)
• Agriculture, Industry, Marriage Reform and the Intelligentsia (1950-1965)
• Great Leap Forward (1958-1965)
• Cultural Revolution (1966-1980)
• Tibet and Xinjiang
• Hong Kong and Taiwan
• Modernising and Opening of China
• China after Deng Xiaoping
• China Rising and a 'harmonoius society'
• Biographical notes
• Further reading
• Index

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