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The Age of Openness: China before Mao / Edition 1

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Overview

The era between empire and communism is routinely portrayed as a catastrophic interlude in China's modern history. But in this book, Frank Dikötter shows that the first half of the twentieth century was characterized by unprecedented openness. He argues that from 1900 to 1949, all levels of Chinese society were seeking engagement with the rest of the world and that pursuit of openness was particularly evident in four areas: governance, including advances in liberties and the rule of law; greater freedom of movement within the country and outside it; the spirited exchange of ideas in the humanities and sciences; and thriving and open markets and the resulting sustained growth in the economy.

Copub: Hong Kong University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520258815
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 140
  • Sales rank: 1,193,907
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Dikötter is Professor of Chinese Modern History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Chair of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong. He has published a series of innovative books, including The Discourse of Race in Modern China and Narcotic Culture: a History of Drugs and China.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Open governance 7

3 Open borders 31

4 Open minds 53

5 Open markets 81

6 Conclusion 99

Notes 103

A note on further reading for the non-Chinese reader 121

Index 127

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