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Making China Modern: From the Great Qing to Xi Jinping
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Klaus Muhlhahn
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Making China Modern: From the Great Qing to Xi Jinping

Klaus Muhlhahn


9780674737358

The Belknap Press


History;
Asian history;
Cultural studies;
Black & Asian studies;
Political science & theory;
Economic history


Hardback

670 pages

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A panoramic survey of China's rise and resilience through war and rebellion, disease and famine, that rewrites China's history for a new generation.

It is tempting to attribute China's recent ascendance to changes in political leadership and economic policy. Making China Modern teaches otherwise. Moving beyond the standard framework of Cold War competition and national resurgence, Klaus Muhlhahn situates twenty-first-century China in the nation's long history of creative adaptation.

In the mid-eighteenth century, when the Qing Empire reached the height of its power, China dominated a third of the world's population and managed its largest economy. But as the Opium Wars threatened the nation's sovereignty from without and the Taiping Rebellion ripped apart its social fabric from within, China found itself verging on free fall. A network of family relations, economic interdependence, institutional innovation, and structures of governance allowed citizens to regain their footing in a convulsing world. In China's drive to reclaim regional centrality, its leaders looked outward as well as inward, at industrial developments and international markets offering new ways to thrive.

This dynamic legacy of overcoming adversity and weakness is apparent today in China's triumphs - but also in its most worrisome trends. Telling a story of crisis and recovery, Making China Modern explores the versatility and resourcefulness that matters most to China's survival, and to its future possibilities.

By:   Klaus Muhlhahn
Imprint:   The Belknap Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780674737358
ISBN 10:   0674737350
Pages:   670
Publication Date:   December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Klaus Muhlhahn is Professor of Chinese History and Culture and Vice President at the Free University of Berlin. His Criminal Justice in China: A History won the John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History from the American Historical Association. Muhlhahn has published widely on modern Chinese history in English, German, and Chinese and is a frequent commentator on China for the German media.

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