The Search for Modern China: A Documentary Collection

The Search for Modern China: A Documentary Collection


Edited by Janet Chen, Edited by Pei-Kai Cheng, Edited by Michael Lestz, With Jonathan D. Spence


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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 22 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393920852
  • ISBN 13: 9780393920857
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 453,795

Product description

The new edition of this outstanding documents collection displays a stronger blend of social history-pieces reflecting everyday life, family, social networks, and culture-and political history-critical proclamations, treaties, laws, and other public acts. Many of the documents are translated into English for the first time and available only in this book. Informative headnotes accompany the selections, providing context and helping students with unfamiliar names, places, and events. This collection is the perfect source for a firsthand look at modern Chinese history.

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Author information

Janet Chen is an assistant professor of history at Princeton University. Pei-Kai Cheng is professor of history at City University of Hong Kong. Michael Lestz is professor of history and chairperson of the history department at Trinity College. Jonathan D. Spence is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught for thirty years. He has been awarded MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. The Search for Modern China won the Lionel Gelber Award and the Kiriyama Book Prize.

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History at its best...all in the vivid, accessible style for which the author is well known.