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Patterns of Modern Chinese History

Charles Desnoyers

April 2016

ISBN: 9780199946457

480 pages
Paperback
235x156mm

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Price: £41.99

Patterns of Modern Chinese History offers a broad narrative of the period starting with the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) to the present. Providing in-depth coverage of modern Chinese history, this introductory yet detailed text utilizes proven pedagogical features and a fluid narrative to examine large patterns and their origins, interactions, and adaptations. Its versatile organization accommodates both chronological and thematic approaches. The narrative begins at the height of imperial China's wealth and power, tracing it through its downward spiral and ultimate demise, and following its revolutions, civil wars, invasions, radical political interlude, and rise once again to world prominence.

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Patterns of Modern Chinese History offers a broad narrative of the period starting with the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) to the present. Providing in-depth coverage of modern Chinese history, this introductory yet detailed text utilizes proven pedagogical features and a fluid narrative to examine large patterns and their origins, interactions, and adaptations. Its versatile organization accommodates both chronological and thematic approaches. The narrative begins at the height of imperial China's wealth and power, tracing it through its downward spiral and ultimate demise, and following its revolutions, civil wars, invasions, radical political interlude, and rise once again to world prominence.

  • Offers consistent global context while maintaining a truly China-centered approach to modern Chinese history
  • Flexible organization allows for use in both chronological and thematic courses
  • Introductory chapters in Part I provide optional historical context for China's history pre-1600 for students with no background in the subject
  • Offers theory and historiography to frame important scholarly debates surrounding Chinese conceptions of history
  • Explains basic concepts of history, major Chinese philosophical schools, and the creation of empire
  • Highlights origins, interactions, and adaptations as central components of historical patterns
  • Each chapter contains "Patterns Up Close" essays that examine a focused example, test case, or debate
  • Richly illustrated with maps, photos, and graphs
  • Includes two timelines

About the Author(s)

Charles Desnoyers, LaSalle University

Charles "Chip" Desnoyers is Professor of History at LaSalle University, where he directs the Center for Asian Studies. He is former president of the Mid-Atlantic Asian Studies Organization. Chip is co-author of the successful Oxford University Press world history textbook Patterns of World History.

Table of Contents

    List of Maps
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Notes on Dates and Spelling
    About the Author
    Part 1: The Past as Prologue
    Chapter 1: Origins to 221 BCE
    Chapter 2: Imperial China Before The Qing, 221 BCE - 1644 CE
    Part 2: Patterns of Modern Chinese History
    Chapter 3: The Apogee of Empire: The Qing Dynasty Through The Qianlong Era, 1644 - 1795
    Chapter 4: The Last Empire In Transition I: Society And State, 1795-1900
    Chapter 5: The Last Empire In Transition II: Imperialism And Resistance, Reform And Reaction 1795-1900
    Chapter 6: From Empire To People's Republic: 1901 - 1949
    Chapter 7: The People's Republic: The Maoist Era, 1949 - 1976
    Chapter 8: "To Get Rich Is Glorious": The Four Modernizatoins, 1976-1989
    Chapter 9: Toward The "Harmonious Society": Building The Fragile Superpower, 1989 - Present
    Chapter 10: Epilogue: Back To The Future?
    Glossary
    Credits
    Index

Reviews

"This is a textbook on modern Chinese history for twenty-first century classrooms. It is focused and accessible and based on the most up-to-date scholarship. It provides a complex and sophisticated understanding using rich and diverse historical examples and sources and covers a wide range of topics well. The text does an excellent job of covering the vast and complex history of China's modern transitions through specific and lively examples that encourage students to place themselves in the tumultuous years of China's tradition to modernity. At the same time, the author's historiographical approach greatly facilitates students' understanding of the broad, long-term trends in modern Chinese history, and the contradictions and complexity contained therein." - Robert Cliver, Humboldt State University"

"Patterns of Modern Chinese History has a number of strengths, including a fluid narrative style. It also has the advantage of incorporating the most recent research in the field. For example, the discussion of the Qing reflects the important work of scholars who have pioneered "The New Qing History" and who have dramatically improved our understanding of the manner in which the Qing ruling elite perceived themselves. It also reflects recent scholarship that places China in the larger context of world history. This helps connect China to larger trends in world history and makes the study of Chinese history relevant those of other parts of the world." -Peter Worthing, Texas Christian University"

"The author's frequent use of historical figures gives vitality to the narrative. The chapters have an energetic quality that pulls the reader along." -Margaret B. Denning, Slippery Rock University"

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