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ISBN-10: 0393307808

ISBN-13: 9780393307801

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jonathan D. Spence

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List price: $29.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 912
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 3.278

Jonathan D. Spence was born in England and received his B.A. from Cambridge University. In 1966 he received his Ph.D. from Yale University and has been a professor of Chinese history there since that time. Spence has won a variety of major fellowships and has served as visiting professor at Belfast's Queens University, Princeton University, and Beijing University. He employs a distinctive writing and historical style, weaving together various kinds of materials to fashion new forms of historical narrative. The best examples of his unique style are The Death of Woman Wang (1979) and The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. In his works, Spence provides a uniquely accessible vision of late imperial China. His writings have won numerous awards and prizes. The Gate of Heavenly Peace (1982) won two awards---the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters.

List of Maps
List of Tables
The Use of Pinyin
Conquest and Consolidation
The Late Ming
The Glory of the Ming
Town and Farm
Corruption and Hardship
The Ming Collapse
The Manchu Conquest
The Rise of the Qing
Conquering the Ming
Adapting to China
Class and Resistance
Kangxi's Consolidation
The War of the Three Feudatories, 1673-1681
Taiwan and Maritime China
Wooing the Intellectuals
Defining the Borders
A Mixed Legacy
Yongzheng's Authority
Qing Power and Taxation in the Countryside
The Center and Channels of Power
Moral Authority
Chinese Society and the Reign of Qianlong
Social Pressures and Population Growth
"Like the sun at Midday"
Eighteenth-Century Confucianism
The Dream of the Red Chamber
Qianlong's Later Years
China and the Eighteenth-Century World
Managing the Foreigners
Aliens and Chinese Law
Western Images of China
Fragmentation and Reform
The First Clash with the West
The Response of China's Scholars
China's Political Response
Britain's Military Response
The New Treaty System
The Crisis Within
Social Dislocation North and South
The Taiping
Foreign Pressures and Marx's Views
The Nian Rebellion
Muslim Revolts
Restoration through Reform
Confucian Reform
Defining Foreign Policy
The Missionary Presence
Overseas Chinese
New Tensions in the Late Qing
Self-Strengthening and the Japanese War
The Reform Movement of 1898
Three Sides of Nationalism
Emerging Forces
The End of the Dynasty
The Qing Constitution
New Railways, New Army
Nationalists and Socialists
Qing Fall
Envisioning State and Society
The New Republic
Experiment in Democracy
The Rule of Yuan Shikai
Militarists in China and Chinese in France
The Political Thinking of Sun Yat-Sen
"A Road Is Made"
The Warning Voice of Social Darwinism
The Promise of Marxism
The Facets of May Fourth
The Comintern and the Birth of the Ccp
The Industrial Sector
The Clash
The Initial Alliance
Launching the Northern Expedition
Shanghai Spring
Wuhan Summer, Canton Winter
Experiments in Government
The Power Base of Chiang Kai-Shek
Mao Zedong and the Rural Soviets
China and the United States
China and Japan
China and Germany
The Drift to War
The Long March
The National Mood and Guomindang Ideology
Crisis at Xi'an
The Chinese Poor
War and Revolution
World War II
The Loss of East China
China Divided
Chongqing and Yan'an, 1938-1941
Chongqing and Yan'an in the Widening War
War's End
The Fall of the Guomindang State
The Japanese Surrender and the Marshall Mission
Land Reform and the Manchurian Base
The Losing Battle with Inflation
Defeat of the Guomindang Armies
The Birth of the People's Republic
Countryside and Town, 1949-1950
The Structure of the New Government
The Korean War
Mass Party, Mass Campaigns
Planning the New Society
The First Five-Year Plan
Foreign Policy and the National Minorities
Army Reform
The Hundred Flowers
Deepening the Revolution
The Great Leap Forward
The Sino-Soviet Rift
Political Investigation and "Socialist Education"
The Cult of Mao and the Critics
Launching the Cultural Revolution
Party Retrenchment and the Death of Lin Biao
Living in the World
Reopening the Doors
The United States and the Nixon Visit
Attacking Confucius and Lin Biao
Defining the Economy, 1974-1975
1976: the Old Guard Dies
Redefining Revolution
The Four Modernizations
The Fifth Modernization
Taiwan and the Special Economic Zones
"Truth From Facts"
Levels of Power
One Billion People
Governing China in the 1980s
The Problems of Prosperity, 1983-1984
Rebuilding the Law
Testing the Limits
Emerging Tensions in 1985
Democracy's Chorus
Broadening the Base
Social Strains
The Breaking Point
Notes and Permissions
Further Readings
About the Color Illustrations
Illustration Credits
A Note on the Calligraphy
Map: China During the Late Ming
Map: Contemporary China
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