Columbia Guide to Modern Chinese History

ISBN-10: 0231112769
ISBN-13: 9780231112765
Edition: 2000
Authors: R. Keith Schoppa
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List price: $80.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 6/22/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

China, the world's oldest and most populous state, remains an enigma to most people in the West, even at a time when that country is playing an increasingly prominent role on the international stage. At the heart of modern Chinese history have been the efforts of the Chinese people to transform their polity into a modern nation state, the Confucian orthodoxy into an ideology that can help direct that process, and an agrarian economy into an industrial one. These efforts are ongoing and of great importance. This book is both an introduction to the major features of modern Chinese history and a resource for researchers interested in virtually any topic relating to the Chinese experience of the last 220 years. This valuable reference contains: a historical narrative providing a comprehensive overview of five core aspects of Chinese history: domestic politics, society, the economy, the world of culture and thought, and relations with the outside world; a compendium of 250 short, descriptive articles on key figures, events, and terms; a resource guide containing approximately 500 annotated entries for the most authoritative sources for further research in English, as well as descriptions of important films depicting modern China and a guide to electronic resources; and appendices, including a chronology, excerpts from key primary source documents, and a wealth of tables and graphs on demographic, social, and economic trends.

David C. Cassidy is Professor of Natural Sciences at Hofstra University.R. Keith Schoppa is Professor and The Edward and Catherine Doehler Chair in Asian History at Loyola University, Maryland.

Historical Narrative
The Decline of the Traditional State, 1780-1901
China in 1780
The Faces of Western Imperialism
Domestic Rebellion and the Devolution of Power to the Localities
Military Defeats and the Loss of Tributary States
The Cultural, Ideological, and Political Nature of Chinese Response to Civilizational Crisis
Building State and Nation Amid Cultural Revolution, 1901-28
The "Revolutionary" Manchus
Militarization and Political Options
Social and Cultural Revolution
Nationalism and Its Proponents
Social Revolution: Alternatives for State and Nation, 1928-60
Struggles to Reconstruct Chinese Society
The Ravages of Invasion and Civil War
The Years That Were Fat
Communization and Militarization
Economic Disasters and Miracles: 1960 to the Present--Whither State and Nation?
Cultural and Economic Catastrophe
Reform and Repression
State Decentralization and National Power
Social and Cultural Change
Compendium of Key Events, Terms, Institutions, and Figures
Major Events and Movements
Institutions and Organizations
Treaties and International Settlements
Qing Dynasty Government Leaders
Leaders of Dissent, Rebellion, or Revolution
Nationalist Party (Guomindang/Kuomintang) Leaders
Communist Party (Gongchandang) Leaders
Military Figures
Intellectuals, Writers, and Artists
Resource Guide
Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works
General Works
The Economy
The World of Culture and Thought
Relations with the Outside World
Documentaries and Feature Films
Electronic Resources
Chronology of Key Events, 1780 to the Present
Letter of Commissioner Lin Zexu to Queen Victoria (1839)
The Taiping Plan for Reorganizing Chinese Society from The Land System of the Heavenly Dynasty (1853)
Memorial of Kang Youwei to the Guangxu Emperor (1898)
The Boxer Protocol (1901)
The Manifesto of the Revolutionary Alliance (Tongmenghui) (1905)
Chen Duxiu's "Call to Youth" from New Youth (1915)
The Three Principles of the People, Sun Yat-Sen (1924)
Fundamentals of National Reconstruction, Sun Yat-sen (1924)
Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan, Mao Zedong (1927)
The Jiangxi Soviet Land Law of 1932
Talks at the Yan'an Forum on Literature and Art, Mao Zedong (1942)
On the People's Democratic Dictatorship, Mao Zedong (1949)
The Marriage Law of the People's Republic of China (1950)
Decision of the Central Committee of the CCP Concerning the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966)
Big Character Poster, "Bombard the Headquarters," Mao Zedong (1966)
"Democracy or a New Dictatorship," Wei Jingsheng, published in Explorations (1979)
Proposals for the Reform of the Political Structure, Su Shaozhi (1986)
Wall poster, Beijing Spring (1989)
Main points of Deng Xiaoping's Talks in Shenzhen (1992)
Excerpt from Decision of Central Committee on Some Issues Concerning the Establishment of a Socialist Market Economic Structure (1993)
Major Party Congresses
Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
Guomindang (Nationalist Party)
Tables and Figures on Trends and Developments
Selected Development and Demographic Trends, 1950-90
Regional Variation in Demographic Indicators
Ethnic Minorities with Populations Over Four Million
Basic Indicators for Greater China, 1995
Indicators of Economic Development Level, 1952-90
China's Trade with Selected Countries and Regions, 1970, 1979-85
United States Trade with China, 1978-93
United States Direct Foreign Investment in China, 1983-93
Agricultural Performance, 1957-78 and 1978-84
State Budgets with Reference to Defense and Other Expenditures, 1978-94
Indicators of Social Development, 1952-90
Number of Schools, 1952-91
Number of Students, 1950-91
Changes in Aspects of Freedom of Mate Choice, 1900-82
Bride Age at First Marriage, 1900-82
Groom Age at First Marriage, 1900-82
Urban Residents' Income and Living Expenditures, 1995
Urban Ownership of Household Appliances, 1995

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