Revolution and Its Past

Revolution and Its Past : Identities and Change in Modern Chinese History

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For courses on Modern Chinese History, Politics, Society, and Culture; a supplement for courses on East Asian civilization, World History and Civilization.Unlike other texts on modern Chinese history-which tend to be so encyclopedic as to be difficult to use in the classroom, or too pedantic to keep students' interest-this text is usably comprehensive, focused on "cutting edge" interpretations, and written in a style that engages students from beginning to end. It uses the theme of identities-of the nation itself and of the Chinese people-to probe the vast changes that have swept over China from late imperial times to the beginning of the twenty-first century. In so doing, it explores the range of identities China has chosen over time and those that outsiders have bestowed upon China and its people-showing how, as China rapidly modernizes, the issue of Chinese identity in the modern world looms more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 177.8 x 233.7 x 20.3mm | 689.47g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130224073
  • 9780130224071

Table of contents

I. FROM THE HEIGHTS TO THE DEPTHS: CHALLENGES TO TRADITIONAL CHINESE IDENTITIES, 1780-1901. 1. Personal Identities. 2. Chinese and Manchus. 3. The Opium War and the Treaty System: Challenges to Chinese Identity. 4. An Age of Rebellion: Defiance of and Commitment to Traditional Chinese Identities and Approaches. 5. The Power of Traditional Cultural Identity: Chinese Reactions to Continuing Threats. 6. The Devastating Nineties: Destroying Traditional Identities. II. "NO CHECKING THE TIDES OF CHANGE": RECONSTRUCTING SOCIAL, CULTURAL, AND POLITICAL IDENTITY, 1901-1928. 7. The Revolutionary Manchus. 8. Selecting Identities: The Early Republic. 9. Constructing a New Cultural Identity: The May Fourth Movement. 10. Drawing the Sword: The Politicization of Identity. III. REVOLUTION AND IDENTITY: SOCIAL REVOLUTION AND THE POWER OF TRADITION, 1928-1960. 11. Revolution in Retreat: The Nanjing Decade. 12. Revolution Reborn: The Communists in the 1930s. 13. A Rising Clash of National Identities: China and Japan, the 1920s and 1930s. 14. The Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945. 15. Toward Daybreak: Struggling for China's Identity, 1945- 1949. 16. Paths to the Future. 17. Coming Unglued. IV. FROM "POLITICS IN COMMAND" TO THE GLORY OF GETTING RICH: CONTEMPORARY CHANGE AND IDENTITY, 1961-2000. 18. Death Dance: The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. 19. The End of Communism: "Tomorrow is the Children's." 20. Successes and Problems at Century's End. 21. Nation and Identity: The Place of China in the World and of the Chinese in China. 22. Riding the Political Waves: Literature, Art, Cinema, and Popular Culture. 23. A Question of Identity: The Republic of China on Taiwan Since the 1970s. Epilogue. more

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