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The Penguin History of Modern China: The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present, Second Ed.
     

The Penguin History of Modern China: The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present, Second Ed.

by Jonathan Fenby
 

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In 1850, China was the "sick man of Asia." Now it is set to become the most powerful nation on earth. The Penguin History of Modern China shows how turbulent that journey has been. For 150 years China has endured as victim of oppression, war, and famine. This makes its current position as arguably the most important global superpower all the more

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In 1850, China was the "sick man of Asia." Now it is set to become the most powerful nation on earth. The Penguin History of Modern China shows how turbulent that journey has been. For 150 years China has endured as victim of oppression, war, and famine. This makes its current position as arguably the most important global superpower all the more extraordinary. Jonathan Fenby's comprehensive account is the definitive guide to this remarkable transformation.

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"His book is a miracle of thoroughness, truthfulness and readability—the perfect primer for a time when China is about to enter all our lives."  —Sunday Telegraph

"[It] reads like a novel and is never less than thoughtful and compassionate for the fate of a much-abused people. . . [Fenby has] a journalist's eye for telling detail."  —Herald

"Taut, anecdote-studded. . . a great introduction for a general audience, with vivid scene setting and character sketches."  —Sunday Times

"For an accessible, authoritative, fair and comprehensive and well written account, this would be hard to better."  —BBC History

"A wonderful history of modern China and a cracking good read."  —Chris Patten, Chancellor, University of Oxford

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141975153
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/2013
Pages:
816
Sales rank:
394,542
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author


Jonathan Fenby, CBE, has been the editor of the Observer and the South China Morning Post. His books include Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the China He Lost and Dealing with the Dragon: A Year in the New Hong Kong. He is currently editor-in-chief and China editor of the analytical service, Trusted Sources.

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