China in War and Revolution, 1895-1949

China in War and Revolution, 1895-1949

Description

Providing historical insights essential to the understanding of contemporary China, this text presents a nation's story of trauma and growth during the early twentieth century. It explains how China's defeat by Japan in 1895 prompted an explosion of radical reform proposals and the beginning of elite Chinese disillusionment with the Qing government. The book explores how this event also prompted five decades of efforts to strengthen the state and the nation, democratize the political system, and build a fairer and more unified society.

Peter Zarrow weaves narrative together with thematic chapters that pause to address in-depth themes central to China's transformation. While the book proceeds chronologically, the chapters in each part examine particular aspects of these decades in a more focused way, borrowing from methodologies of the social sciences, cultural studies, and empirical historicism. Essential reading for both students and instructors alike, it draws a picture of the personalities, ideas and processes by which a modern state was created out of the violence and trauma of these decades.


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Details

Author(s)
Peter G. Zarrow
Format
Paperback | 412 pages
Dimensions
159 x 235 x 24.64mm | 635g
Publication date
30 Dec 2005
Publisher
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint
ROUTLEDGE
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
10 maps; 5 Line drawings, black and white; 5 Halftones, black and white; 3 Tables, black and white
ISBN10
0415364485
ISBN13
9780415364485
Bestsellers rank
440,813