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
     
 

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

With a nod to Ezra Pound's translation of the Chinese classic Zhongyong – The Unwobbling Pivot, Pamela Kyle Crossley argues that China's modern history has not wholly

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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. 

With a nod to Ezra Pound's translation of the Chinese classic Zhongyong – The Unwobbling Pivot, Pamela Kyle Crossley argues that China's modern history has not wholly adhered to the ideal of the ‘unwobbling pivot’, with China as a harmonious society based on principles of stability. Instead she argues that developments can be explained through China’s surprising swings between centralization and decentralization, between local initiative and central authoritarianism. The author’s approach is broad enough to provide a full introduction to modern Chinese history. Students new to the subject will be supported with timelines, maps, illustrations, and extensive notes to further readings, while those with a background in Chinese history will find an underlying theme in the narrative addressing long-standing interpretive issues. 

As a personal perspective from a leading authority in the field, The Wobbling Pivot provides a stimulating and original interpretation of the course of modern Chinese history.

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405160803
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Wiley Desktop Editions Series
Pages:
326
Sales rank:
1,452,259
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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