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by Kerry Brown


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China is poised to become the world's largest economy in the next decade. But its great struggle to modernise has been one of tragedy, conflict, and challenge. From the first attempts to introduce Western ideas into the country two centuries ago, China's long march to global primacy has been above all an epic fight to renew an ancient country and culture.

Leading Sinologist Kerry Brown traces this quest for renewal through the major moments of China’s modern history. Taking the reader on a journey that includes war, revolution, famine and finally regeneration, he describes concisely and authoritatively where China has come from, and where it is heading as it achieves great power status. This is a story that is no longer just about China, but concerns the rest of the world.

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ISBN-13: 9781509541485
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/24/2020
Series: Polity Histories Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College London.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: China’s Arduous March to Modernity
Chapter Two: China Reconstructs (1949-1958)
Chapter Three: The Years of Dissent (1956 -1966)
Chapter Four: The Great Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)
Chapter Five: Reform and Opening Up (1978-1989)
Chapter Six: Starting Over after Tiananmen (1989-2001)
Chapter Seven: The Hu Jintao Era (2001-2012)
Chapter Eight: China’s Dream Realised under Xi Jinping?
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