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Twentieth Century China

A History in Documents

Second Edition

R. Keith Schoppa

Publication Date - October 2010

ISBN: 9780199732005

224 pages
Paperback
8 x 10 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $44.99

Chronicles this period of revolutions and uprisings with the words and images of the participants

Description

The twentieth century was a time of great change in China's government, economy, culture, and everyday life. Twentieth Century China, Second Edition, chronicles this period of revolutions and uprisings with the words and images of the participants. This is the story of the people--leaders and followers--whose decisions propelled modern Chinese history in erratic directions. Using a wide variety of primary sources, including official reports and public statements, articles, political posters, cartoons, poetry, songs, and advertisements, R. Keith Schoppa paints a picture of a society undergoing drastic changes, both social and political. Mao Zedong's personal physician recalls the phenomenon of backyard steel furnaces and the changes they brought to the Chinese landscape during Mao's Great Leap Forward; a poem written in 1979 expresses anger toward a general who destroyed a kindergarten to build a mansion on its site; and the box from the Chinese version of Monopoly, introduced in 1987, playfully illustrates the economic reforms of Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin.

This second edition of Twentieth Century China also includes an updated introduction with a note on sources and interpretation, thirty-seven new sidebars, twelve new photographs, and updated further reading and websites.

Features

  • Chronicles 20th century Chinese revolutions and uprisings with the words and images of the participants
  • Features primary sources including official reports and public statements, articles, political posters, cartoons, poetry, songs, and advertisements
  • Paints a picture of a society undergoing drastic changes, both social and political

About the Author(s)

R. Keith Schoppa is Edward and Catherine Doehler Chair in Asian History at Loyola University, Maryland. He is the author of several monographs and textbooks on Chinese history, including Blood Road (1998), which won the Association for Asian Studies 1997 Levenson Prize for the best book on twentieth-century China.

Previous Publication Date(s)

September 2004

Table of Contents

    What is a Document?
    How to Read a Document
    Introduction
    Notes on Sources and Interpretation

    Prologue: The Boxer Catastrophe
    China and the West

    1: An Old World Dies; A New One is Born
    The Revolutionary Movement
    Ending Traditions

    2: The Slide into Chaos
    The Presidency of Yuan Shikai
    Warlords

    3: Forming a New Culture: The May Fourth Movement
    Political Activity
    A Cultural Revolution
    The Russian Model

    4: Which Way Do We Go?: Revolution in the 1920s
    A Growing Consumer Culture
    The Legacy of Sun Yat-sen
    Revolution

    5: The Nanjing Decade
    Social Currents
    One Day in China
    Political and Military Realities

    6: Communist Resurgence
    The Jiangxi Soviet and Its Demise
    Literature and Dissent

    7: China at War: The Fight Against Japan
    Japan's "New Order in Asia"
    Chinese Collaboration
    War Crimes
    War Years, a Western View

    8: Civil War
    Sources of Guomindang Defeat
    Evaluations of the Civil War

    9: The Mao Years
    Mao, the Leader
    Social Revolution
    The Great Leap Forward
    The Cultural Revolution and After

    10: Picture Essay: The Cult of Mao Zedong

    11: "To Get Rich is Glorious": The Reforms of Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin

    Reforms of Deng Xiaoping
    Impact of Reform

    12: Political Authoritarianism
    Political Dissent
    The Falun Gong

    13: China and the World at the Turn of the Century
    Ending the Imperialist Era
    Taiwan and Tibet
    The United States and China
    Human Rights

    Timeline
    Chinese Pronunciations
    Further Reading
    Websites
    Text Credits
    Picture Credits

    Index