This collection of primary source documents—many translated into English for the first time and available only in this book—gather proclamations, treaties, laws, and other public acts with pieces reflecting everyday life, family, social networks, and culture.
Informative headnotes accompany the selections, helping readers with unfamiliar names, places, and events. With a chapter organization mirroring that of The Search for Modern China, this collection is the perfect supplement, providing a first-hand look at the modern Chinese society.
Pei-Kai Cheng is professor of history at City University of Hong Kong.
Michael Lestz is professor of history and chairperson of the history department at Trinity College.
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.