Modern China

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-06-12
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The past hundred years in China have seen almost continuous transformation and upheaval. From Confucianist monarchy to warlordism, from fanatically doctrinaire socialist tyranny to almost doctrineless social-capitalism, China has experienced political, cultural and economic disintegration, reunion, and revolution on an unprecedented scale.

Table of Contents

List of mapsp. viii
List of illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductory note: Chinese names and Chinese geographyp. 1
Writing Chinese namesp. 1
Regional geographyp. 4
The Chinese pastp. 7
The birth of Chinap. 10
Confucianismp. 11
Legalismp. 13
Daoismp. 14
The unification of Chinap. 16
The coming of Buddhismp. 18
The later dynastiesp. 20
Government and society under the Qingp. 23
Study questionsp. 28
The collapse of the old orderp. 29
The first Western impactp. 29
Internal problemsp. 33
Foreign pressure increasesp. 38
The Revolution of 1911p. 44
Yuan Shikai and the warlord erap. 47
The May Fourth Movement and the New Culture Movementp. 51
Study questionsp. 53
The Communist Party and the First United Frontp. 54
The coming of Communismp. 55
The First United Frontp. 58
The Communist-Guomindang splitp. 64
Study questionsp. 68
The Nanjing decade, 1927-37p. 69
The Guomindang government at Nanjingp. 69
The Jiangxi Sovietp. 74
The Long Marchp. 84
The Japanese threatp. 88
The Second United Frontp. 90
Study questionsp. 91
World war and Communist victoryp. 92
The war beginsp. 92
Communism, nationalism, and the 'New Democracy'p. 97
Chiang and the United Statesp. 100
The 'Dixie Mission'p. 104
The Japanese surrenderp. 105
The return to land reformp. 112
The final Communist victoryp. 117
Study questionsp. 121
The People's Republic of China, 1949-57p. 122
Reform in the countrysidep. 124
Into the citiesp. 128
The transition to socialismp. 131
Ideological remoulding and the 'Hundred Flowers'p. 135
The international position of the PRCp. 138
Study questionsp. 144
The Great Leap and the great splitp. 145
The Great Leap Forwardp. 145
The Sino-Soviet splitp. 151
Problems along the bordersp. 155
Dispute in Beijingp. 159
Study questionsp. 164
The Cultural Revolutionp. 165
1966: 'To rebel is justified!'p. 169
The years of chaos: 1967-68p. 177
The initial resultsp. 184
Aftermath: 1969-76p. 186
Left and Rightp. 188
International relationsp. 193
Study questionsp. 196
The post-Mao reformsp. 197
The deaths of Zhou and Maop. 197
The question of individual freedomp. 206
China and the worldp. 210
Economic reformsp. 213
Study questionsp. 219
The era of Deng Xiaopingp. 220
The background to the democracy movementp. 222
Tiananmenp. 224
Politics after Tiananmenp. 229
Foreign relationsp. 231
Hong Kong and Taiwanp. 234
Facing the future: population pressuresp. 237
Study questionsp. 239
The boom yearsp. 241
Economic reform once againp. 241
Money to spendp. 245
Massive inequalitiesp. 248
A stable political system?p. 253
Foreign relationsp. 257
Hong Kong and Taiwanp. 259
Issues of religionp. 261
Issues of freedomp. 263
China's prospectsp. 266
Study questionsp. 268
Suggestions for further readingp. 269
Indexp. 273
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