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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

The Search for Modern China

The Search for Modern China

  • Author: Jonathan D. Spence
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
  • ISBN: 9780393934519
  • Category: History
  • Page: 707
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The leading textbook by the leading scholar. This text, the classic introduction to modern China for students and general readers, emerged from Spence's highly successful introductory course at Yale, in which he traced the beginnings of modern China to internal developments beginning in the early 17th century. Strong on social and political history, as well as Chinese culture and its intersections with politics, this paperback is a longstanding leader in the survey course on modern China.

The Search for Modern China

The Search for Modern China

  • Author: Jonathan D. Spence
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton
  • ISBN: 9780393973518
  • Category: History
  • Page: 728
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Look no further for a comprehensive narrative of Chinese history from the fall of the Ming dynasty to the present.

The Search for Modern China

The Search for Modern China

A Documentary Collection

  • Author: Pei-kai Cheng,Michael Elliot Lestz,Jonathan D. Spence
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton
  • ISBN: 9780393973723
  • Category: History
  • Page: 531
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This collection of primary source documents--many translated into English for the first time and available only in this book--gather proclamations, treaties, laws, and other public acts with pieces reflecting everyday life, family, social networks, and culture.

Chinese Roundabout

Chinese Roundabout

Essays in History and Culture

  • Author: Jonathan D. Spence
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 9780393309942
  • Category: History
  • Page: 400
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Jonathan Spence has the art, as he amply demonstrates once again in Chinese Roundabout, the collection of essays that the Chicago Tribune praised as 'surprising, entertaining, and inspired.'

The Question of Hu

The Question of Hu

  • Author: Jonathan D. Spence
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307793818
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 208
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This lively and elegant book by the acclaimed historian Jonathan D. Spence reconstructs an extraordinary episode in the early intercourse between Europe and China. It is the story of John Hu, a lowly but devout Chinese Catholic, who in 1722 accompanied a Jesuit missionary on a journey to France--a journey that ended with Hu's confinement in a lunatic asylum. At once a triumph of historical detective work and a gripping narrative, The Question of Hu deftly probes the collision of tw ocultures, with their different definitions of faith, madness, and moral obligation.

God's Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan

God's Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan

  • Author: Jonathan D. Spence
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393285863
  • Category: History
  • Page: 432
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"A magnificent tapestry . . . a story that reaches beyond China into our world and time: a story of faith, hope, passion, and a fatal grandiosity."--Washington Post Book World Whether read for its powerful account of the largest uprising in human history, or for its foreshadowing of the terrible convulsions suffered by twentieth-century China, or for the narrative power of a great historian at his best, God's Chinese Son must be read. At the center of this history of China's Taiping rebellion (1845-64) stands Hong Xiuquan, a failed student of Confucian doctrine who ascends to heaven in a dream and meets his heavenly family: God, Mary, and his older brother, Jesus. He returns to earth charged to eradicate the "demon-devils," the alien Manchu rulers of China. His success carries him and his followers to the heavenly capital at Nanjing, where they rule a large part of south China for more than a decade. Their decline and fall, wrought by internal division and the unrelenting military pressures of the Manchus and the Western powers, carry them to a hell on earth. Twenty million Chinese are left dead.

The Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds

The Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds

  • Author: Jonathan D. Spence
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393247708
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
  • View: 1732
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"Like everything else written by Jonathan Spence, The Chan's Great Continent is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in China. Spence is one of the greatest Sinologists of our time, and his work is both authoritative and highly readable." —Los Angeles Times Book Review China has transfixed the West since the earliest contacts between these civilizations. With his characteristic elegance and insight, Jonathan Spence explores how the West has understood China over seven centuries. Ranging from Marco Polo's own depiction of China and the mighty Khan, Kublai, in the 1270s to the China sightings of three twentieth-century writers of acknowledged genius-Kafka, Borges, and Calvino-Spence conveys Western thought on China through a remarkable array of expression. Peopling Spence's account are Iberian adventurers, Enlightenment thinkers, spinners of the dreamy cult of Chinoiserie, and American observers such as Bret Harte, Mark Twain, Ezra Pound, and Eugene O'Neill. Taken together, these China sightings tell us as much about the self-image of the West as about China. "Wonderful. . . . Spence brilliantly demonstrates [how] generation after generation of Westerners [have] asked themselves, 'What is it . . . that held this astonishing, diverse, and immensely populous land together?' "--New York Times Book Review

Treason By The Book

Treason By The Book

Traitors, Conspirators and Guardians of an Emperor

  • Author: Jonathan Spence
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0241959144
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
  • View: 9535
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In 1728 a stranger handed a letter to Governor Yue calling on him to lead a rebellion against the Manchu rulers of China. Feigning agreement, he learnt the details of the plot and immediately informed the Emperor, Yongzheng. The ringleaders were captured with ease, forced to recant and, to the confusion and outrage of the public, spared. Drawing on an enormous wealth of documentary evidence - over a hundred and fifty secret documents between the Emperor and his agents are stored in Chinese archives - Jonathan Spence has recreated this revolt of the scholars in fascinating and chilling detail. It is a story of unwordly dreams of a better world and the facts of bureaucratic power, of the mind of an Emperor and of the uses of his mercy.

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 Generalissimo

The Generalissimo

Chiang Kai-shek and the struggle for modern China

  • Author: Jay Taylor
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674054717
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 736
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One of the most momentous stories of the last century is China's rise from a self-satisfied, anti-modern, decaying society into a global power that promises to one day rival the United States. Chiang Kai-shek, an autocratic, larger-than-life figure, dominates this story. Drawing heavily on Chinese sources including Chiang's diaries, The Generalissimo provides the most lively, sweeping, and objective biography yet of a man whose length of uninterrupted, active engagement at the highest levels in the march of history is excelled by few, if any, in modern history.

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 Search for Modern China

The Search for Modern China

A Documentary Collection

  • Author: Jonathan D. Spence
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton
  • ISBN: 9780393920857
  • Category: History
  • Page: 625
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Jonathan D. Spence is George Burton Adams Professor of History at Yale University and author of eight acclaimed books on China. Here he has written a very readable history of this fascinating country. "To understand . . . China's past there is no better place to start than Jonathan D. Spences excellent new book".--The New York Times Book Review front page review. 136 pages of photographs.

The Gate of Heavenly Peace

The Gate of Heavenly Peace

The Chinese and Their Revolution

  • Author: Jonathan D. Spence
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101173726
  • Category: History
  • Page: 560
  • View: 304
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“A milestone in Western studies of China.” (John K. Fairbank) In this masterful, highly original approach to modern Chinese history, Jonathan D. Spence shows us the Chinese revolution through the eyes of its most articulate participants—the writers, historians, philosophers, and insurrectionists who shaped and were shaped by the turbulent events of the twentieth century. By skillfully combining literary materials with more conventional sources of political and social history, Spence provides an unparalleled look at China and her people and offers valuable insight into the continuing conflict between the implacable power of the state and the strivings of China's artists, writers, and thinkers.

The Death of Woman Wang

The Death of Woman Wang

  • Author: Jonathan Spence
  • Publisher: Quercus Books
  • ISBN: 9781847243423
  • Category: China
  • Page: 169
  • View: 9671
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In The Death of Woman Wang the award-winning historian Jonathan Spence paints a vivid picture of an obscure time and place: provincial China in the late 17th century. Drawing on a range of sources, including local Chinese histories, the memoirs of scholars and other contemporary writings, Spence reconstructs an extraordinary tale of rural tragedy in a remote corner of the northeastern Chinese province of Shantung. Life in the county of T'an-ch'eng emerges as an endless cycle of floods, plagues, crop failures, banditry and heavy taxation. Against this turbulent background a tenacious tax collector, an irascible farmer, and an unhappy wife act out a poignant drama at whose climax the wife, having run away from her husband, returns to him, only to die at his hands. The Death of Woman Wang not only magnificently evokes the China of the late Ming period, but also deepens our understanding of the China we know today.

Revolution and Its Past

Revolution and Its Past

Identities and Change in Modern Chinese History

  • Author: R. Keith Schoppa
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 135121988X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 498
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Unlike other texts on modern Chinese history, which tend to be either encyclopedic or too pedantic, Revolution and Its Past is comprehensive but concise, focused on the most recent scholarship, and written in a style that engages students from beginning to end. The Third Edition uses the theme of identities--of the nation itself and of the Chinese people--to probe the vast changes that have swept over China from late imperial times to the early twenty-first century. In so doing, it explores the range of identities that China has chosen over time and those that outsiders have attributed to China and its people, showing how, as China rapidly modernizes, the issue of Chinese identity in the modern world looms large.

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.

Lin Yutang and China’s Search for Modern Rebirth

Lin Yutang and China’s Search for Modern Rebirth

  • Author: Suoqiao Qian
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 9811046573
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 475
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This book provides a comprehensive examination of the socio-cultural and political context of modern China in terms of its interaction with America and the West, focusing on the influence of the well-known Chinese writer and intellectual Lin Yutang (1895-1976). Offering a unique study of the life and works of Lin Yutang, it highlights his intellectual legacy in modern China and considers how his cross-cultural life and ideas embodied the modern Chinese cultural experience. It notably focuses on Lin’s reputation as an outspoken critic of the infringement of human rights during the rise of the Communist regime in China, but also on his rediscovery of Chinese cultural resources. At a time when China’s cultural contributions are increasingly relevant worldwide, this book contributes to ongoing critical reflections of Chinese modernity, particularly in terms of its intellectual legacies, but also to a renewed understanding of the cross-cultural interactions between China and America and a re-opening the dialogue and search for a new cultural understanding.

The Age of Openness

The Age of Openness

China Before Mao

  • Author: Frank Dikötter
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520258815
  • Category: History
  • Page: 131
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Accessible to general readers and full of valuable insights for specialists, China before Mao presents a fresh way of approaching the country's modern history and shows that in politics, society, culture, and the economy, China was at its most diverse on the eve of World War II."--BOOK JACKET.

Emperor of China

Emperor of China

Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi

  • Author: Jonathan D. Spence
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307823067
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
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A remarkable re-creation of the life of K'ang-hsi, emperor of the Manchu dynasty from 1661-1772, assembled from documents that survived his reign. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index.