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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405160802

ISBN-13: 9781405160803

Pub. Date: 03/01/2010

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405160803
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Wiley Desktop Editions Series
Pages:
326
Sales rank:
788,186
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

List of Maps.

Foreword and Acknowledgments.

Prelude.

Timeline.

1. The Wobbling Pivot.

2. Sources of Order Under the Qing Empire.

3. Sources of Disorder Under the Qing Empire.

4. Essay: Strategic Borders.

5. Qing and the World.

6. Essay: Rebel Heroines.

7. Visionaries.

8. Essay: Hunan Takes the Lead.

9. Essay: Water.

10. Beiyang Ascendancy.

11. Cultural Revolution.

12. Essay: Manchus as Minorities.

13. War.

14. The Ubiquitous Center.

15. Essay: Minerals.

16. Essay: Health Risks.

17. Gravity.

Bibliography.

Index.

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