Wobbling Pivot, China since 1800

ISBN-10: 1405160802
ISBN-13: 9781405160803
Edition: 2010
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List price: $67.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 1/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

This comprehensive but concise narrative of China since the eighteenth century builds its story around the delicate relationship between central government and local communities.With a nod to Ezra Pound′s translation of the Chinese classic Zhongyong - The Unwobbling Pivot, Pamela Kyle Crossley argues that China′s modern history has not wholly adhered to the ideal of the 'unwobbling pivot', with China as a harmonious society based on principles of stability. Instead she argues that developments can be explained through China's surprising swings between centralization and decentralization, between local initiative and central authoritarianism. The author's approach is broad enough to provide a full introduction to modern Chinese history. Students new to the subject will be supported with timelines, maps, illustrations, and extensive notes to further readings, while those with a background in Chinese history will find an underlying theme in the narrative addressing long-standing interpretive issues.As a personal perspective from a leading authority in the field, The Wobbling Pivot provides a stimulating and original interpretation of the course of modern Chinese history.

#60;b#62;Pamela Kyle Crossley#60;/b#62; is Professor of Inner Asian, East Asian Intellectual and Chinese History at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. Her publications include #60;i#62;The Manchus#60;/i#62; (Blackwell, 1997); #60;i#62;A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Ideology#60;/i#62; (1999); and #60;i#62;What is Global History?#60;/i#62; (2008). She is a past Guggenheim Fellow and was awarded the Levenson Prize from the Association for Asian Studies in 2001.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Foreword and Acknowledgments
Prelude
Timeline
The Wobbling Pivot
Sources of Order Under the Qing Empire
Sources of Disorder Under the Qing Empire
Essay: Strategic Borders
Qing and the World
Essay: Rebel Heroines
Visionaries
Essay: Hunan Takes the Lead
Essay: Water
Beiyang Ascendancy
Cultural Revolution
Essay: Manchus as Minorities
War
The Ubiquitous Center
Essay: Minerals
Essay: Health Risks
Gravity
Bibliography
Index

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