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Modern China

Modern China

  • Author: Rana Mitter
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9781402768934
  • Category: History
  • Page: 216
  • View: 697
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China today is rife with contradictions: it’s a peasant society with futuristic cities, an ancient civilization striving for a modern identity. This Brief Insight paints a succinct and integrated picture of the country and its history, politics, and culture. Covering a range of topics from China’s economic boom and its record on freedom to the Beijing Olympics and the position of women in society, Modern China is an indispensable starting point for anyone striving to understand the world’s most populous nation.

The Search for Modern China

The Search for Modern China

  • Author: Jonathan D. Spence
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 9780393307801
  • Category: History
  • Page: 876
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Covering more than four centuries of Chinese history, this work chronicles the various dynasties, the ideas of reformist Confucian scholars, and China's poets, novelists, artists, students, and leaders

Modern China

Modern China

The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present

  • Author: Jonathan Fenby
  • Publisher: Ecco
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 816
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No country on earth has suffered a more bitter history in modern times than China. In the second half of the nineteenth century, it was viewed as doomed to extinction. Its imperial rulers, heading an anachronistic regime, were brought low by enormous revolts, shifting social power patterns, republican revolutionaries, Western incursions to "split the Chinese melon" and a disastrous defeat by Japan. The presence of predatory foreigners has often been blamed for China's troubles, but the much greater cause came from within China itself. In the early twentieth century, the empire was succeeded by warlordism on a massive scale, internal divisions, incompetent rule, savage fighting between the government and the Communists, and a fourteen-year invasion from Japan. Four years of civil war after 1945 led to the Maoist era, with its purges and repression; the disastrous Great Leap Forward; a famine that killed tens of millions; and the Cultural Revolution. Yet from this long trauma, China has emerged amazingly in the last three decades as an economic powerhouse set to play a major global political role, its future posing one of the great questions for the twenty-first century as it grapples with enormous internal challenges. Understanding how that transformation came about and what China constitutes today means understanding its epic journey since 1850 and recognizing how the past influences the present. Jonathan Fenby tells this turbulent story with brilliance and insight, spanning a unique historical panorama, with an extraordinary cast of characters and a succession of huge events. As Confucius said, To see the future, one must grasp the past.

Modern China

Modern China

A Guide to a Century of Change

  • Author: Graham Hutchings
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674012400
  • Category: History
  • Page: 530
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Modern China offers a timely and useful reference guide to the people, places, ideas, and events crucial to an understanding of this rising power. The focus is on society and politics and their impact on both China and the world. Hutchings provides over two hundred insightful short essays, arranged alphabetically, that cover central figures and events from Sun Yat-sen to Jiang Zemin and the Boxer Rebellion to Tiananmen Square.

The Religious Question in Modern China

The Religious Question in Modern China

  • Author: Vincent Goossaert,David A. Palmer
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226304167
  • Category: History
  • Page: 464
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Recent events—from strife in Tibet and the rapid growth of Christianity in China to the spectacular expansion of Chinese Buddhist organizations around the globe—vividly demonstrate that one cannot understand the modern Chinese world without attending closely to the question of religion. The Religious Question in Modern China highlights parallels and contrasts between historical events, political regimes, and cultural movements to explore how religion has challenged and responded to secular Chinese modernity, from 1898 to the present. Vincent Goossaert and David A. Palmer piece together the puzzle of religion in China not by looking separately at different religions in different contexts, but by writing a unified story of how religion has shaped, and in turn been shaped by, modern Chinese society. From Chinese medicine and the martial arts to communal temple cults and revivalist redemptive societies, the authors demonstrate that from the nineteenth century onward, as the Chinese state shifted, the religious landscape consistently resurfaced in a bewildering variety of old and new forms. The Religious Question in Modern China integrates historical, anthropological, and sociological perspectives in a comprehensive overview of China’s religious history that is certain to become an indispensible reference for specialists and students alike.

Jewish Wayfarers in Modern China

Jewish Wayfarers in Modern China

Tragedy and Splendor

  • Author: Matthias Messmer
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 0739169386
  • Category: History
  • Page: 257
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'Jewish Wayfarers in Modern China: Tragedy and Splendor' is a cross-cultural collection of carefully researched and well-documented biographies of many previously little known Western visitors to China who experienced at first hand China's revolution and rise in the 20th century. Their experiences and insights can help readers to better appreciate the complex situation of modern China today, for they have a timeless quality.

An Intellectual History of Modern China

An Intellectual History of Modern China

  • Author: Merle Goldman,Leo Ou-fan Lee
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521797108
  • Category: History
  • Page: 607
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This book is the only comprehensive book on modern China's intellectual history.

Modern China: All That Matters

Modern China: All That Matters

  • Author: Jonathan Clements
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1444187066
  • Category: History
  • Page: 160
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In Modern China: All That Matters, Jonathan Clements presents China as the Chinese themselves see it. He explains the key issues of national reconstruction; the Cold War, the Cultural Revolution, and the dizzying spectacle of China's economic reform. Clements offers a Chinese perspective on such events as the Handover of Hong Kong, and chronicles the historical events that continue to resonate today in Chinese politics, economics, culture and quality of life. A final chapter examines China's role in the global marketplace, its indirect effect on foreign economies from Australia to America to Africa, and its growing military might, with an assessment of the damage done to its environment and population. In his most provocative assertion, Clements suggests that China's contemporary problems are not the trials of a developing nation, but a possible vision of our own future. This accessible and readable book will appeal both to students and general readers, giving a fascinating introduction to modern China - and what matters most about it.

Modern China and Opium

Modern China and Opium

A Reader

  • Author: Alan Baumler
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 9780472067688
  • Category: History
  • Page: 190
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An intriguing historical examination of China's widespread opium epidemic

Modern China

Modern China

  • Author: Xiaobing Li
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 1610696263
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 421
  • View: 720
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Providing an indispensable resource for students, educators, businessmen, and officials investigating the transformative experience of modern China, this book provides a comprehensive summary of the culture, institutions, traditions, and international relations that have shaped today's China. • Covers contemporary Chinese politics, economy, geography, law, education, culture, and history, providing readers with a breadth of insights into modern China and its people • Addresses a variety of current issues such as pollution, corruption, human trafficking, human rights, civil liberties, and the one-child policy • Contains accessible information ideal for high school and college-level students, grade school teachers, and any readers interested in the general topics of Asia and China

The Art of Modern China

The Art of Modern China

  • Author: Julia F. Andrews,Kuiyi Shen
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520238141
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 364
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“The Art of Modern China is a long-awaited, much-needed survey. The authors’ combined experience in this field is exceptional. In addition to presenting key arguments for students and arts professionals, Andrews and Shen enliven modern Chinese art for all readers. The Art of Modern China gives just treatment to an expanded field of overlooked artworks that confront the challenges of modernization.”—De-nin Deanna Lee, author of The Night Banquet: A Chinese Scroll through Time.

China

China

A Modern History

  • Author: Michael Dillon
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 1780763816
  • Category: History
  • Page: 520
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New paperback edition published in 2012, first published in hardback in 2010.

The Human Tradition in Modern China

The Human Tradition in Modern China

  • Author: Kenneth James Hammond,Kristin Eileen Stapleton
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 9780742554665
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 204
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Includes bibliographic references and index.

Recovering Buddhism in Modern China

Recovering Buddhism in Modern China

  • Author: Jan Kiely,J. Brooks Jessup
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231541104
  • Category: History
  • Page: 384
  • View: 5561
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Modern Chinese history told from a Buddhist perspective restores the vibrant, creative role of religion in postimperial China. It shows how urban Buddhist elites jockeyed for cultural dominance in the early Republican era, how Buddhist intellectuals reckoned with science, and how Buddhist media contributed to modern print cultures. It recognizes the political importance of sacred Buddhist relics and the complex processes through which Buddhists both participated in and experienced religious suppression under Communist rule. Today, urban and rural communities alike engage with Buddhist practices to renegotiate class, gender, and kinship relations in post-Mao China. This volume vividly portrays these events and more, recasting Buddhism as a critical factor in China's twentieth-century development. Each chapter connects a moment in Buddhist history to a significant theme in Chinese history, creating new narratives of Buddhism's involvement in the emergence of urban modernity, the practice of international diplomacy, the mobilization for total war, and other transformations of state, society, and culture. Working across an extraordinary thematic range, this book reincorporates Buddhism into the formative processes and distinctive character of Chinese history.

Empress Dowager Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi

  • Author: Jung Chang
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • ISBN: 0385350376
  • Category: History
  • Page: 448
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A New York Times Notable Book Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age. At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China—behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male. In this groundbreaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to change China. Under her the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, the telegraph and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry. It was she who abolished gruesome punishments like “death by a thousand cuts” and put an end to foot-binding. She inaugurated women’s liberation and embarked on the path to introduce parliamentary elections to China. Chang comprehensively overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a diehard conservative and cruel despot. Cixi reigned during extraordinary times and had to deal with a host of major national crises: the Taiping and Boxer rebellions, wars with France and Japan—and an invasion by eight allied powers including Britain, Germany, Russia and the United States. Jung Chang not only records the Empress Dowager’s conduct of domestic and foreign affairs, but also takes the reader into the depths of her splendid Summer Palace and the harem of Beijing’s Forbidden City, where she lived surrounded by eunuchs—one of whom she fell in love, with tragic consequences. The world Chang describes here, in fascinating detail, seems almost unbelievable in its extraordinary mixture of the very old and the very new. Based on newly available, mostly Chinese, historical documents such as court records, official and private correspondence, diaries and eyewitness accounts, this biography will revolutionize historical thinking about a crucial period in China’s—and the world’s—history. Packed with drama, fast paced and gripping, it is both a panoramic depiction of the birth of modern China and an intimate portrait of a woman: as the concubine to a monarch, as the absolute ruler of a third of the world’s population, and as a unique stateswoman. From the Hardcover edition.

The Discourse of Race in Modern China

The Discourse of Race in Modern China

  • Author: Frank Dikötter
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190231130
  • Category: History
  • Page: 256
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Previous edition published in 1992 by Stanford University Press.

Shopping Malls and Public Space in Modern China

Shopping Malls and Public Space in Modern China

  • Author: Nicholas Jewell
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317055144
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 296
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China’s rise as an economic superpower has been inescapable. Statistical hyperbole has been accompanied by a plethora of highly publicized architectural forms that brand the regeneration of its increasingly globalized urban centres. Despite the sizeable body of literature that has accompanied China’s modernization, the essence and trajectory of its contemporary cityscape remains difficult to grasp. This volume addresses a less explored aspect of China’s urban rejuvenation - the prominence of the shopping mall as a keystone of its public spaces. Here, the presence of the built form most representative of Western capitalism’s excess is one that makes explicit the tensions between China’s Communist state and its ascent within the ’free’ market. This book examines how these interrelationships are manifested in the culturally hybrid built form of the shopping mall and its role in contesting the ’public’ space of the modern Chinese city. By viewing these interrelationships as collisions of global and local narratives, a more nuanced understanding of the shopping mall typology is explored. Much architectural criticism has failed to address the levels of meaning implicit within the shopping mall, yet it is a building type whose public popularity has guaranteed its endurance. Consequently, if architecture is to remain a relevant social art, a more holistic understanding of this phenomenon will be indispensable to the process of adapting to globalizing forces. This examination of Chinese shopping malls offers a timely and relevant case study of what is happening in all our cities today.

Treaty Ports in Modern China

Treaty Ports in Modern China

Law, Land and Power

  • Author: Robert Bickers,Isabella Jackson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317266285
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 266
  • View: 2259
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This book presents a wide range of new research on the Chinese treaty ports – the key strategic places on China’s coast where in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries various foreign powers controlled, through "unequal treaties", whole cities or parts of cities, outside the jurisdiction of the Chinese authorities. Topics covered include land and how it was acquired, the flow of people, good and information, specific individuals and families who typify life in the treaty ports, and technical advances, exploration, and innovation in government.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China

The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China

  • Author: Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0191506710
  • Category: History
  • Page: 448
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This lavishly illustrated volume explores the history of China during a period of dramatic shifts and surprising transformations, from the founding of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) through to the present day. The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China promises to be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this rising superpower on the verge of what promises to be the 'Chinese century', introducing readers to important but often overlooked events in China's past, such as the bloody Taiping Civil War (1850-1864), which had a death toll far higher than the roughly contemporaneous American Civil War. It also helps readers see more familiar landmarks in Chinese history in new ways, such as the Opium War (1839-1842), the Boxer Uprising of 1900, the rise to power of the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, and the Tiananmen protests and Beijing Massacre of 1989. This is one of the first major efforts - and in many ways the most ambitious to date - to come to terms with the broad sweep of modern Chinese history, taking readers from the origins of modern China right up through the dramatic events of the last few years (the Beijing Games, the financial crisis, and China's rise to global economic pre-eminence) which have so fundamentally altered Western views of China and China's place in the world.