The Aftermath of the Chinese Nationalist Revolution

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Children's Literature - Miriam Gottschalk
This well-researched history of 20th century China is an excellent overview of the events following the downfall of the last emperor of China and the identity struggle which ensued. Gay provides adequate coverage of the tumultuous events which helped to shape modern China. In writing this work, she has drawn on a wealth of primary sources, as cited in endnotes. Relevant photographs and maps, biographical information about many of the historical figures, a timeline, a glossary, a bibliography, an index, and additional reference information make this slim volume a valuable reference for report writers. Sidebars and "fast facts" keep the reader interested and offer informative diversions from the main discussion. This is well-written, easy-to-read, and carefully crafted resource. It is a definite "must-have" for middle schools, high schools, and public libraries—so don't let the price tag deter you from purchasing it! Reviewer: Miriam Gottschalk
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Gr 9 Up

From Mao Zedong's China, Gay backtracks to the 1911 Wuchang Rebellion, but oversimplifies the multiple causes of the Manchus' ouster. Her informative account continues through the 1923-'28 conflict and up to the creation of the People's Republic of China in 1949. A thin time line, a useful who's who, source notes, and a list of 10 (mostly recent) books and 4 Web sites add value. Challenging vocabulary is explained parenthetically (although the explanation of "fascist" is misleading). Gay sometimes cites popular sentiment without sources or explanation (she states that in 1914 peasants ignored politics for peace, but in 1915 they wanted a republic at all costs). She omits the intellectual "New Culture" revolution entirely. Abundant illustrations are well chosen (but the two maps are too few and too small). Overall, however, this account is readable and interesting, and the subject is important. A brief epilogue takes the story to the present.-Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822576013
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Aftermath of History Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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