The Chinese Century: A Photographic Historyby Jonathan Spence, Annping Chin (Photographer)
China's 20th-century has been marked by a succession of tumultous events including the Boxer rebellion, Japanese invasion and occupation, and the Tiananmen Square massacre. This record of the Chinese century includes photographs from official archives and private collections with accompanying text.
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Spence and Chin do a gripping job of capturing the anxiety, adventure, and hardship of China's twentieth century. Their photo-laden account is almost stomach-turningly dramatic, not in a shocking way, but because it conveys the vertigo of upheaval, destruction, and transformation. Perhaps no other nation, not even Russia, went through so much trauma and change in this century. And Spence and Chin's prose gives detailed insight into its stream of titanic events. --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization