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    DescriptionIn this widely acclaimed history of modern China, Jonathan Spence achieves a fine blend of narrative richness and efficiency. Praised as "a miracle of readability and scholarly authority," (Jonathan Mirsky) The Search for Modern China offers a matchless introduction to China's history.

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    The Search for Modern China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jonathan D. Spence
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 922
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 44 mm
    Weight: 1,282 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393307801
    ISBN 10: 0393307808

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    LC classification: DS754.S65, DS754 .S65 1990
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    New edition
    Illustrations note
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    17 October 2001
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    History at its best...all in the vivid, accessible style for which the author is well known. "
    Review text
    A stunning, one-of-a-kind history of China over the past 400 years; by the author of The Question of Hu (1988), etc. By the end of the 17th century, China was still a heterogeneous country whose vast expanses and endless variations in culture, economy, and religious practices have made the writing of any coherent history a daunting task. As Yale professor Spence points out, scholars have begun to tackle it by defining "macroregions" - in which it is possible to describe and analyze these differences and to relate them to central political decisions. But until now there has been no work as comprehensive and comprehensible as his own. Moving from the Ming dynasty through the Manchus, the Revolution, the Kuomintang, and on through Tiananmen Square with an unparalleled combination of erudition, vision, sweep, and grace, Spence integrates a formidable amount of information about politics, culture, religion, land use, lineage patterns, poverty, wealth, and change - and at the same time manages to flesh out the leading characters in the continuing drama. Dominating the entire scene are the defiant problems of integrating the diverse elements of the country into an administrative whole and consolidating its borders. Along the way, Spence offers invaluable insights into the long history of literature and the arts, attitudes towards intellectuals and women, efforts at population control, and the intensely moral and ethical ideals of the Confucian tradition, which - though rebelled against and defused through time and change - still permeate the society. In the picture that emerges, China's ambivalent moves toward and away from the rest of the world become less of a mystery. Extraordinarily involving and insightful: a masterwork. (Kirkus Reviews)