Twentieth Century China: A History in Documents / Edition 1

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In its period of slow decline from the late 18th into the early 20th century and throughout its 20th century revolution, one of the most important problems facing individual Chinese and China as a nation was choosing appropriate political, social, cultural, and economic identities as contexts and situations changed. This documentary history of 20th century China begins with the turn-of-the-century Boxer uprising to set the stage for understanding the choices at stake for 20th century Chinese. It then focuses on the always-dramatic choices of identity that have continually confronted the Chinese. In many cases these choices have meant life or death. Above all, this is a story of the people whose choices propelled modern Chinese history. It is a dramatic tale, often bloody and violent, alternately soaring with hope and plunging into bleak despair. It compels our interest because of its importance for the world today; because it is one of world history's greatest revolutions; and because it provides an extraordinarily interesting study of the processes that an ancient culture undergoes in transforming itself into that which we call "modern."
Twentieth-Century China: A History in Documents uses an exceptional range of primary sources, including government edicts, political cartoons, poetry, political manifestos, essays, fiction, magazine covers and advertisements, wills, trial transcripts, speeches, statistics, press releases, and even Chinese rock lyrics. The entire book is profusely illustrated with graphics that themselves serve as documents, and there is also a picture essay. Back matter will include a chronology, further reading, and index.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Schoppa presents a fast-paced narrative of the last century using well-chosen excerpts from key primary sources: speeches, treaties, journalism, poems, letters, laws, etc., tied together with concise and informative editorial commentary. The picture on the front cover-a bridge connecting old and new China-exemplifies the book's visual component; it is replete with black-and-white cartoons, posters, photos, and reproductions, all of which are telling and memorable. Relevant and important portions of text have been condensed from lengthy tomes into digestible and understandable pieces. The final chapter, on China and the world today, partially sums up what has preceded it. Captions, selected quotations in sidebars, marginal glosses, text and picture credits, and a pronunciation guide all add to this well-organized book's utility and educational value.-Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195147452
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/2004
  • Series: Pages from History Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Keith Schoppa is Professor and Doehler Chair in Asian History at Loyola College in Maryland. He is the author of several books including Chinese Elites and Political Change: Zhejiang Province in the Early Twentieth Century (Harvard, 1982), Xiang Lakeā€”Nine Centuries of Chinese Life (Yale, 1989), Blood Road: The Mystery of Shen Dingyi in Revolutionary China (California, 1995), and The Columbia Guide to Modern Chinese History (Columbia, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Prologue : the boxer catastrophe 15
Ch. 1 An old world dies; a new one is born 25
Ch. 2 The slide into chaos 37
Ch. 3 Forming a new culture : the May Fourth Movement 51
Ch. 4 Which way do we go? : revolution in the 1920s 63
Ch. 5 The Nanjing decade 77
Ch. 6 Communist resurgence 93
Ch. 7 China at war : the fight against Japan 107
Ch. 8 Civil war 121
Ch. 9 The Mao years 135
Ch. 10 Picture essay : the cult of Mao Zedong 153
Ch. 11 "To get rich is glorious" : the reforms of Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin 159
Ch. 12 Political authoritarianism 175
Ch. 13 China and the world at the turn of the century 189
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