Great Chinese Revolution 1800-1985

ISBN-10: 006039076X

ISBN-13: 9780060390761

Edition: 1987

Authors: John King Fairbank, J. Fairbank

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This text examines the transformation of Imperial China to Communist China, discusses the social and cultural changes that have occurred, and looks at modern economic development in China.
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/9/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Born in South Dakota, John King Fairbank attended local public schools for his early education. From there he went on first to Exeter, then the University of Wisconsin, and ultimately to Harvard, from which he received his B.A. degree summa cum laude in 1929. That year he traveled to Britain as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1932 he went to China as a teacher and after extensive travel there received his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1936. Between 1941 and 1946, he was in government service---as a member of the Office of Strategic Services, as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to China, and finally as director of the U.S. Information Service in China. Excepting those years, beginning in 1936, Fairbank spent his entire career at Harvard University, where he served in many positions, including Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and director of Harvard's East Asian Research Center. Fairbank, who came to be considered one of the world's foremost authorities on modern Chinese history and Asian-West relations, was committed to reestablishing diplomatic and cultural relations with China. He was also committed to the idea that Americans had to become more conversant with Asian cultures and languages. In his leadership positions at Harvard and as president of the Association for Asian Studies and the American Historical Association, he sought to broaden the bases of expertise about Asia. At the same time, he wrote fluidly and accessibly, concentrating his work on the nineteenth century and emphasizing the relationship between China and the West. At the same time, his writings placed twentieth-century China within the context of a changed and changing global order. It was precisely this understanding that led him to emphasize the reestablishment of American links with China. More than anyone else, Fairbank helped create the modern fields of Chinese and Asian studies in America. His influence on American understanding of China and Asia has been profound.

Foreword
Chronology
Understanding China's Revolution
Late Imperial China: Growth and Change, 1800-1895
The Manchu Rulers' Outlook from Peking
Some Theoretical Approaches
The Growth of Commerce Before the Treaty Period
Problems Within Chinese Society
The Western Intrusion
Efforts at Modernization
The Transformation of the Late Imperial Order, 1895-1911
Reform and Reaction
The Genesis of the Revolution of 1911
The Era of the First Chinese Republic, 1912-1949
The Early Chinese Republic and Its Problems
The New Culture and Sino-Liberal Education
The Nationalist Revolution and the First KMT-CCP United Front
Nationalists and Communists, 1927-1937
The War of Resistance and Civil War, 1937-1949
The Chinese People's Republic, 1949-1985
Creating the New State
The Great Leap Forward and Its Consequences
Mao's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
New Directions: Deng Hsiao-p'ing's Reforms
Perspectives
Anti-Bibliographic note
The Cambridge History of China, Contents, Volume 10-15
Sources of Quotations
Index
Maps
China
Late Imperial China
Railways of China
People's Republic of China
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