The Wobbling Pivot, China since 1800: An Interpretive History / Edition 1

The Wobbling Pivot, China since 1800: An Interpretive History / Edition 1

by Pamela Kyle Crossley
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405160799

ISBN-13: 9781405160797

Pub. Date: 03/09/2010

Publisher: Wiley

This comprehensive but concise narrative of China since the eighteenth century builds its story around the delicate relationship between central government and local communities.

  • Rejects the traditional view of China as a wholly harmonious society based on principles of stability – the Unwobbling Pivot of Ezra Pound's translation of the Chinese

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Overview

This comprehensive but concise narrative of China since the eighteenth century builds its story around the delicate relationship between central government and local communities.

  • Rejects the traditional view of China as a wholly harmonious society based on principles of stability – the Unwobbling Pivot of Ezra Pound's translation of the Chinese classic Zhongyong
  • Provides an original interpretation, arguing that developments can be explained through an understanding of China’s surprising swings between centralization and decentralization, between local initiative and central authoritarianism
  • Serves as an introduction to the subject, while readers with a background in Chinese history will find the book offers a personal perspective and addresses long-standing interpretive issues
  • Supported by a variety of timelines, maps, illustrations, and extensive notes for further reading
  • Places China’s history within the context of global change

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405160797
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Series:
Wiley Desktop Editions Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Maps viii

Foreword and Acknowledgments ix

Prelude xi

Timeline xv

1 The Wobbling Pivot 1

2 Sources of Order Under the Qing Empire 21

3 Sources of Disorder Under the Qing Empire 44

4 Essay: Strategic Borders 66

5 Qing and the World 70

6 Essay: Rebel Heroines 98

7 Visionaries 100

8 Essay: Hunan Takes the Lead 126

9 Essay: Water 129

10 Beiyang Ascendancy 133

11 Cultural Revolution 155

12 Essay: Manchus as Minorities 177

13 War 180

14 The Ubiquitous Center 207

15 Essay: Minerals 240

16 Essay: Health Risks 243

17 Gravity 246

Bibliography 274

Index 295

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