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Rebellions and Revolutions

China from the 1800s to 2000

Second Edition

Jack Gray

Publication Date - 15 May 2003

ISBN: 9780198700692

576 pages


This is a study of China from the 1800s to the present day. It focuses on China's problems of development - the decay and collapse of the Chinese Empire, its failure to recover in the first half of the twentieth century, and its rapid emergence in world affairs since the Communist Party Revolution of 1949. This new edition examines economic growth, updates Chinese foreign policy, provides a revised account of the Tiananmen Incident, and brings the chronology completely up to date.


  • The new, second edition of Rebellions and Revolutions presents students with a chronological account of Chinese history from the 1800s to the present day
  • Completely up to date - in the light of recently opened archival research, the second edition includes a revised account of the Tiananmen Incident and coverage of domestic and foreign policies, and economic growth
  • An accessible analysis - supplemented by a chronology, maps, full notes, index and updated guide to further reading

About the Author(s)

Jack Gray is Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Studies in Democratisation at the University of Warwick.

Previous Publication Date(s)

May 1990

Table of Contents

    List of Maps and Table
    Emperors of the Late Qing Dynasty
    The Imperial Examination System
    Notes on Chinese Names
    1. The Traditional Society
    2. The Opening of China
    3. The Taiping Rebellion, 1850-1864
    4. Conflict with the Western Powers, 1843-1861
    5. The Self-Strengthening Movement
    6. Reform and Revolution
    7. The Chinese Economy
    8. The War-lord Era
    9. The Radicalization of Chinese Politics
    10. The Rise of Chiang Kaishek
    11. The Nationalist Regime, 1928-1937
    12. The Chinese Communist Party, 1927-1934
    13. The Chinese Communist Party, 1935-1949
    14. The Chinese People's Republic
    15. The Great Leap Forward
    16. The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, I
    17. The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, II
    18. China Since the Death of Mao
    19. Conclusion: The Modernisation of China
    Recommendations for Further Reading