Patterns of Modern Chinese History

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/12/2016
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Patterns of Modern Chinese History offers a broad narrative of the period starting with the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) to the present. Providing in-depth coverage of modern Chinese history, this introductory text combines proven pedagogical features, a fluid narrative, and the latest scholarship to examine large patterns and their origins, interactions, and adaptations. Its versatile organization accommodates both chronological and thematic approaches, as well as different curricula. The narrative begins with an introductory Part that examines the origins and development of imperial China through the end of the Ming dynasty. Beginning at the height of imperial China's wealth and power, the second Part traces it through its downward spiral and ultimate demise, and following its revolutions, civil wars, invasions, radical political interlude, and rise once again to world prominence.

Author Biography

Charles A. Desnoyers is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at La Salle University. His books include Patterns of World History, Second Edition (OUP, 2014), coauthored with Peter von Sivers and George B. Stow, and A Journey to the East: Li Gui's "A New Account of a Trip Around the Globe" (2004).

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Notes on Dates and Spelling
About the Author

Part 1: The Past as Prologue

Chapter 1: Origins to 221 BCE
Chapter 2: Imperial China Before The Qing, 221 BCE-1644 CE

Part 2: Patterns of Modern Chinese History

Chapter 3: The Apogee of Empire: The Qing Dynasty Through The Qianlong Era, 1644-1795
Chapter 4: The Last Empire In Transition I: Society And State, 1795-1900
Chapter 5: The Last Empire In Transition II: Imperialism And Resistance, Reform And Reaction 1795-1900
Chapter 6: From Empire To People's Republic: 1901-1949
Chapter 7: The People's Republic: The Maoist Era, 1949-1976
Chapter 8: "To Get Rich Is Glorious": The Four Modernizatoins, 1976-1989
Chapter 9: Toward The "Harmonious Society": Building The Fragile Superpower, 1989-Present
Chapter 10: Epilogue: Back To The Future?


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