The Search for Modern China Third Edition

W. W. Norton & Company - This text, the classic introduction to modern china for students and general readers, emerged from Spence’s highly successful introductory course at Yale, in which he traced the beginnings of modern China to internal developments beginning in the early 17th century. The leading textbook by the leading scholar.

. Strong on social and political history, as well as Chinese culture and its intersections with politics, this paperback is a longstanding leader in the survey course on modern China. Used book in Good Condition.

Revolution and Its Past: Identities and Change in Modern Chinese History Mysearchlab Series for History

Routledge - In so doing, showing how, it explores the range of identities that China has chosen over time and those that outsiders have attributed to China and its people, as China rapidly modernizes, the issue of Chinese identity in the modern world looms large. The third edition 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 early twenty-first century.

Unlike other texts on modern chinese history, which tend to be either encyclopedic or too pedantic, focused on the most recent scholarship, Revolution and Its Past is comprehensive but concise, and written in a style that engages students from beginning to end.

The Man Awakened from Dreams: One Man's Life in a North China Village, 1857-1942

Stanford University Press - Based on nearly 400 volumes of liu's diary and other writings, the daily grind of work in industry and agriculture, people's experience with government, the pressures of changing family relationships, the book illustrates what it was like to study in an academy and to be a schoolteacher, and life under the Japanese occupation.

Liu dapeng was a provincial degree-holder who never held government office. Through the story of his family, the author illustrates the decline of the countryside in relation to the cities as a result of modernization and the transformation of Confucian ideology as a result of these changes. In this beautifully crafted study of one emblematic life, Harrison addresses large themes in Chinese history while conveying with great immediacy the textures and rhythms of everyday life in the countryside in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

Spider Eaters: A Memoir

University of California Press - Moving gracefully between past and present, the author artfully conveys the vast complexity of life in China as well as the richness, confusion, dream and reality, and magic of her own inner life and struggle. Much of the power of the narrative derives from Yang's multi-generational, cross-class perspective.

University of California Press. It is one of the most immediate and engaging narratives of life in post-1949 China. With stunning honesty and a lively, sly humor, to her girlhood at an elite middle school in Beijing, Rae Yang records her life from her early years as the daughter of Chinese diplomats in Switzerland, to her adolescent experience as a Red Guard and later as a laborer on a pig farm in the remote northern wilderness.

Spider Eaters: A Memoir - She tells of her eventual disillusionment with the Maoist revolution, how remorse and despair nearly drove her to suicide, and how she struggled to make sense of conflicting events that often blurred the line between victim and victimizer, aristocrat and peasant, communist and counter-revolutionary. She invokes the myths, a poor woman who raised her from a baby and whose character is conveyed through the bedtime tales she spins; her father; and her beloved grandmother, folklore, and local customs that surrounded her and brings to life the many people who were instrumental in her life: her nanny, legends, who died as a result of the political persecution she suffered.

Spanning the years from 1950 to 1980, complex, Rae Yang's story is evocative, and told with striking candor. Spider eaters is at once a moving personal story, a fascinating family history, and a unique chronicle of political upheaval told by a Chinese woman who came of age during the turbulent years of the Cultural Revolution.


Waveland Pr Inc - It is essentially a picture of the conflict between old China and the new tide rising to destroy it, as manifested in the daily lives of the Kao family, and particularly the three young Kao brothers. This novel illustrates the effectiveness of fiction as a vehicle for translating the experience of one culture to another very different one.

. Family, one of the most popular Chinese novels of that time, vividly reflects that turmoil and serves as a basis for understanding what followed. Used book in Good Condition. The complex passions aroused in Family and in the reader are an indication of the universality of human experience. Here we see situations that, unique as they are to the time and place of this novel, recall many circumstances of today's world: the conflict between generations and classes, students' political activities, ill-fated love affairs, and the struggle for the liberation of women.

Family - Drawn largely from pa chin's own experience, Family is the story of the Kao family compound, consisting of four generations plus servants. Written in 1931, family has been compared to Dream of the Red Chamber for its superb portrayal of the family life and society of its time. University of California Press.

An essential work for anyone interested in the society and history of modern China! The first half of the twentieth century was a period of great turmoil in China.

The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China: The Complete Fiction of Lu Xun Penguin Classics

Penguin Classics - In the early twentieth century, obsequious literature of the aristocrats to the plain, as China came up against the realities of the modern world, Lu Xun effected a shift in Chinese letters away from the ornate, expressive literature of the masses. Used book in Good Condition. The acclaimed translation of the complete fiction of the father of modern Chinese literature  Lu Xun is one of the founding figures of modern Chiense literature.

. This volume presents lu xun's complete fiction in bracing new translations and includes such famous works as "The Real Story of Ah-q, " "Diary of a Madman, " and "The Divorce. Together they expose a contradictory legacy of cosmopolitan independence, polemical fractiousness, and anxious patriotism that continues to resonate in Chinese intellectual life today.

The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China: The Complete Fiction of Lu Xun Penguin Classics - For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. University of California Press. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

His celebrated short stories assemble a powerfully unsettling portrait of the superstition, poverty, and complacency that he perceived in late imperial China and in the revolutionary republic that toppled the last dynasty in 1911. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

Red Star over China: The Classic Account of the Birth of Chinese Communism

Grove Press - This edition includes extensive notes on military and political developments in China, further interviews with Mao Tse-tung, a chronology covering 125 years of Chinese revolution, and nearly a hundred detailed biographies of the men and women who were instrumental in making China what it is today. The first westerner to meet mao tse-tung and the chinese communist leaders in 1936, Edgar Snow came away with the first authorized account of Mao’s life, as well as a history of the famous Long March and the men and women who were responsible for the Chinese revolution.

Out of that experience came red star over China, a classic work that remains one of the most important books ever written about the birth of the Communist movement in China. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. University of California Press.

Chen Village: Revolution to Globalization

University of California Press - University of California Press. The once-backwater village is today a center of China's export industry, 000 workers labor in modern factories, where more than 50, ruled by the village government. This new edition of chen Village illuminates, in microcosm, the recent history of rural China up to the present time.

Used book in Good Condition. Now, the authors have returned to Chen Village, more than a decade and a half later, and in three new chapters they explore astonishing developments. The first two editions of chen village presented an enthralling account of a Chinese village in the throes of Maoist revolution followed by dramatic changes in village life and local politics during the Deng Xiaoping period.

Chen Village: Revolution to Globalization - University of California Press. Used book in Good Condition.

Son of the Revolution

Vintage - University of California Press. University of California Press. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. An autobiography of a young Chinese man whose childhood and adolescence were spent in Mao's China during the Cultural Revolution.

The Death of Woman Wang

Penguin Books - Spence shows himself at once historian, detective, and artist. University of California Press. He makes history howl. The new republic Award-winning author Jonathan D. Against this turbulent background a tenacious tax collector, having run away from her husband, returns to him, and an unhappy wife act out a poignant drama at whose climax the wife, an irascible farmer, only to die at his hands.

. Spence paints a vivid picture of an obscure place and time: provincial China in the seventeenth century. University of California Press. Used book in Good Condition. Magnificently evoking the china of long ago, The Death of Woman Wang also deepens our understanding of the China we know today. Life in the northeastern county of T’an-ch’eng emerges here as an endless cycle of floods, crop failures, banditry, plagues, and heavy taxation.

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A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present

Oxford University Press - Beginning with the financial crisis of 2008, it takes readers up to the traumatic events of 3/11/11, and through the aftermath of this disaster. A modern history of japan: from tokugawa times to the Present, Third Edition, paints a richly nuanced and strikingly original portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history.

It takes students from the days of the shogunate--the feudal overlordship of the Tokugawa family--through the modernizing revolution launched by midlevel samurai in the late nineteenth century; the adoption of Western hairstyles, clothing, and military organization; and the nation's first experiments with mass democracy after World War I.

A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present - Used book in Good Condition. Author andrew gordon offers the finest synthesis to date of Japan's passage through militarism, World War II, the American occupation, and the subsequent economic rollercoaster. New to the third edition* The previous edition's final chapter has been extensively revised for the third edition.

Retitled "japan's 'lost decades", it now covers the timespan from 1989 through 2008. An entirely new final chapter examines Japan's tumultuous recent history in a global context. University of California Press. Used book in Good Condition. The chapter includes a color insert with maps and photographs that document the cataclysm.