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Many of the documents are translated into English for the first time and available only in this book. Although far from definitive, this book is an informative and readable introduction to the topic of Chinese history, well-sourced and well-written.

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From that you can infer that it’s very detailed and scholarly. A comprehensive treatment of the history it covers. Although for the most part, the book lacks an argument, the chapters are well-documented and provide a cogent summary of the political and economic travails of years of Chinese history.

The “Modern” China of the title is in the strict sense of Modern, in this case starting in the 17th century. New Army up to strength. The Qin was over 2, years ago, so it only gets the …more No, it goes from toso the two dynasties mentioned are the late Ming and the Qing.

It is also amusing to note that Den Only a book about China could define the modern era in the 17th century. Spence writes with such great style whether on the political, literary Jonathon D.

The Search For Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence

Contains first-hand resources for major events in modern China. Lots of information and it’s presented pretty well. Thank you for searcn feedback. Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi declare indepedence.

The Search For Modern China

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. If you are willing to invest the effort, you will develop an excellent general grasp of modern Chinese history. At this point, I’d love to read more about the evolution of political structures in China, because that information was somewhat lacking. Spence is the leading western authority on Chinese history. If pdc are interested in understanding the rise of China in the last 40 years, this book is an excellent starting point.

Spence makes it all seem coherent. Reading a book about China is kind of the same: British opium undercut by local productions.

Second, most books on Chinese history are very emotional. Fortunately, Spence has written a number of other books that address that need. Truth be told, readers must cycle between broad and specific histories by necessity. Ultimately, Jonathan Spence finds the truest expression of “Modern China” in general in the voice of the people emerging through the perpetually-centralized and often dictatorial government tue in particular in the recent protests of,and If his prose and composition were not exemplary, this could have been an unreadable tome because of this downlowd of knowledge.

Struggle is the inevitable and tragic result. A Modern History of Japan: Scholars of the Kaozheng search of evidence school re-interpret Confucian tradition with textual criticism and empiricism.

See and discover other items: Norton Company first published April Warehouse Deals Open-Box Discounts. The Life of a Modern Monarch. My knowledge of Chinese history was limited to high school world history class and newspaper stories of the Cultural Revolution, Chinese-Soviet tensions, and the rise ghe the new commercial China.

Sufficiently whetted my appetite to learn more. The Search for Modern China, 2nd Edition. Not even he, it seems, could have foreseen the tidal wave that his nation has unleashed upon world history yet again. The most widely used primary-source reader for the modern China course, thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the new edition of Spence, The Search for Modern China. Nonetheless, there some gripes to be had with the book, including a characterization of the warlord era and Nationalist era that is somewhat of the mark, and thus Frank Dikotters “Age of Openness”is an essential supplement to this book.

You can’t do everything in a single book that covers so many years and attempts to cover some cultural history as well as political events, but I kept wishing Spence could have tackled the psychology of the leaders involved, particularly those of the twentieth century.