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The Oxford History of Modern China

Edited by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

January 2022

ISBN: 9780192895202

512 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

Oxford Histories

Price: £12.99

Explores the history of China from the founding of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) to the present day. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this rising superpower in what promises to be the 'Chinese century'.

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Explores the history of China from the founding of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) to the present day. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this rising superpower in what promises to be the 'Chinese century'.

  • The history of modern China, from the rise of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) through to the 21st century
  • A period of dramatic shifts and surprising transformations, from Taiping to Tiananmen and beyond
  • The most ambitious effort to date to grapple with the broad sweep of Chinese history, from the origins of modern China to the dramatic events of the last few years
  • Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this rising superpower in what promises to be the 'Chinese century'

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on the Xi Jinping Era of Chinese Politics written by Diana Fu and Emile Dirks

About the Author(s)

Edited by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of History, University of California, Irvine

<b>Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom</b> is the Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. He has written, co-written, edited, or co-edited a dozen books. His most recent ones are, as author, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink (2020), and, as coauthor, the third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (2018). In addition to writing for scholarly periodicals, he often contributes to newspapers and magazines.

Table of Contents

    List of Maps
    A Guide to Pronouncing Romanized Chinese
    Introduction by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
    1:From Late Ming to High Qing, 1550-1792 by Anne Gerritsen
    2:New Domestic and Global Challenges, 1792-1860 by Stephen R. Platt
    3:Restoration and Reform, 1860-1900 by Robert Bickers
    4:Felling a Dynasty, Founding a Republic by Peter Zarrow
    5:The Rise of Nationalism and Revolutionary Parties, 1919-1937 by James Carter
    6:The War Years, 1937-1949 by Rana Mitter
    7:The Early Years of the People's Republic, 1950-1964 by S. A. Smith
    8:The Cultural Revolution Era, 1964-1976 by Richard Curt Kraus
    9:Reform and Rebuilding, 1976-1988 by Timothy Cheek
    10:Tiananmen and Its Aftermath, 1989-1999 by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom and Kate Merkel-Hess
    11:China Rising, 2000-2010 by William A. Callahan
    12:The People's Leader: The Xi Jinping Era of Chinese Politics by Diana Fu and Emile Dirks
    13:The Presence of the Past—A Coda by Ian Johnson
    Timeline
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"The Oxford History of Modern China brings together top experts to tell a compelling story of China in its past four centuries. Integrating narrative with analysis in a perfect balance, this great asset for classroom instruction also reminds the instructor what brought her into the history profession in the first place. Truly amazing!" - Mara Yue Du, Cornell University

"The Oxford History of Modern China brings together top experts to tell a compelling story of China in its past four centuries. Integrating narrative with analysis in a perfect balance, this great asset for classroom instruction also reminds the instructor of what brought her into the history profession in the first place. Truly amazing!" - Mara Yue Du, Cornell University

"Review from previous edition [This] set of essays by a collection of the world's leading China scholars makes compelling reading for the China novice and seasoned China-hand alike. It is a wonderful guide to understanding the sweeping changes and dramatic transformations that have shaped China from the dynastic era to the present day." - Elizabeth Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations

"An excellent introduction to the history of modern China for the general reader and student alike ... I am sure it will prove popular with students and the general public alike." - Tim Chamberlain, LSE Review of Books

"The best place to start for those who wish to get a handle on modern China." - Asian Review of Books