The Search for Modern China / Edition 2

The Search for Modern China / Edition 2

by Jonathan D. Spence
     
 

In this widely acclaimed history of modern China, Jonathan Spence achieves a fine blend of narrative richness and efficiency. Praised as "a miracle of readability and scholarly authority," (Jonathan Mirsky) The Search for Modern China offers a matchless introduction to China's history.

Author Biography: Jonathan D. Spence is Sterling Professor of

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In this widely acclaimed history of modern China, Jonathan Spence achieves a fine blend of narrative richness and efficiency. Praised as "a miracle of readability and scholarly authority," (Jonathan Mirsky) The Search for Modern China offers a matchless introduction to China's history.

Author Biography: Jonathan D. Spence is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught for thirty years. He has been awarded MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. The Search for Modern China won the Lionel Gelber Award and the Kiriyama Book Prize.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393973518
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
992
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Mapsxv
List of Tablesxvii
Prefacexix
Acknowledgmentsxxiii
The Use of Pinyinxxv
IConquest and Consolidation1
1The Late Ming7
The Glory of the Ming7
Town and Farm12
Corruption and Hardship16
The Ming Collapse21
2The Manchu Conquest26
The Rise of the Qing26
Conquering the Ming32
Adapting to China38
Class and Resistance44
3Kangxi's Consolidation49
The War of the Three Feudatories, 1673-168149
Taiwan and Maritime China53
Wooing the Intellectuals58
Defining the Borders64
A Mixed Legacy69
4Yongzheng's Authority74
Qing Power and Taxation in the Countryside74
The Center and Channels of Power79
Moral Authority84
5Chinese Society and the Reign of Qianlong90
Social Pressures and Population Growth90
"Like the sun at Midday"97
Eighteenth-Century Confucianism102
The Dream of the Red Chamber106
Qianlong's Later Years110
6China and the Eighteenth-Century World117
Managing the Foreigners117
Aliens and Chinese Law123
Opium128
Western Images of China132
IIFragmentation and Reform137
7The First Clash with the West143
The Response of China's Scholars143
China's Political Response147
Britain's Military Response152
The New Treaty System158
8The Crisis Within165
Social Dislocation North and South165
The Taiping170
Foreign Pressures and Marx's Views179
The Nian Rebellion184
Muslim Revolts189
9Restoration through Reform194
Confucian Reform194
Defining Foreign Policy199
The Missionary Presence204
Overseas Chinese210
10New Tensions in the Late Qing216
Self-Strengthening and the Japanese War216
The Reform Movement of 1898224
Three Sides of Nationalism230
Emerging Forces238
11The End of the Dynasty245
The Qing Constitution245
New Railways, New Army249
Nationalists and Socialists256
Qing Fall262
IIIEnvisioning State and Society269
12The New Republic275
Experiment in Democracy275
The Rule of Yuan Shikai281
Militarists in China and Chinese in France288
The Political Thinking of Sun Yat-Sen294
13"A Road Is Made"300
The Warning Voice of Social Darwinism300
The Promise of Marxism305
The Facets of May Fourth310
The Comintern and the Birth of the Ccp319
The Industrial Sector325
14The Clash334
The Initial Alliance334
Launching the Northern Expedition341
Shanghai Spring348
Wuhan Summer, Canton Winter354
15Experiments in Government361
The Power Base of Chiang Kai-Shek361
Mao Zedong and the Rural Soviets370
China and the United States379
China and Japan388
China and Germany396
16The Drift to War403
The Long March403
The National Mood and Guomindang Ideology410
Crisis at Xi'an418
The Chinese Poor424
IVWar and Revolution435
17World War II443
The Loss of East China443
China Divided450
Chongqing and Yan'an, 1938-1941456
Chongqing and Yan'an in the Widening War466
War's End474
18The Fall of the Guomindang State484
The Japanese Surrender and the Marshall Mission484
Land Reform and the Manchurian Base491
The Losing Battle with Inflation498
Defeat of the Guomindang Armies504
19The Birth of the People's Republic514
Countryside and Town, 1949-1950514
The Structure of the New Government519
The Korean War524
Mass Party, Mass Campaigns533
20Planning the New Society541
The First Five-Year Plan541
Foreign Policy and the National Minorities551
Army Reform557
The Hundred Flowers563
21Deepening the Revolution574
The Great Leap Forward574
The Sino-Soviet Rift583
Political Investigation and "Socialist Education"590
The Cult of Mao and the Critics596
Launching the Cultural Revolution602
Party Retrenchment and the Death of Lin Biao609
VLiving in the World619
22Reopening the Doors627
The United States and the Nixon Visit627
Attacking Confucius and Lin Biao633
Defining the Economy, 1974-1975639
1976: the Old Guard Dies645
23Redefining Revolution653
The Four Modernizations653
The Fifth Modernization659
Taiwan and the Special Economic Zones667
"Truth From Facts"675
24Levels of Power683
One Billion People683
Governing China in the 1980s690
The Problems of Prosperity, 1983-1984696
Rebuilding the Law704
25Testing the Limits712
Emerging Tensions in 1985712
Democracy's Chorus719
Broadening the Base727
Social Strains733
The Breaking Point738
Notes and Permissions749
Further Readings769
Glossary789
About the Color Illustrations813
Illustration Credits817
A Note on the Calligraphy823
Index825
Map: China During the Late Ming878
Map: Contemporary China880

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