Twentieth Century China: A History in Documents / Edition 1

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Using a wide variety of primary sources, such as official reports and public statements, eyewitness and participant accounts, newspaper articles, political posters, cartoons, poetry, songs, and advertisements, R. Keith Schoppa paints a picture of a society undergoing dramatic changes, both political and social. Taken together, these documents tell a dramatic and often violent tale, alternately soaring with hope and plunging into deep despair, of a country undergoing a thorough transformation - a transformation that affects the world at large.
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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 Edward and Catherine Doehler Chair in Asian History at Loyola University, Maryland. He is the author of several monographs and textbooks on Chinese history, including Blood Road (1998), which won the Association for Asian Studies 1997 Levenson Prize for the best book on twentieth-century China.

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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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