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The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

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Oxford University Press
09 July 2018
History; Asian history; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; 21st century history: from c 2000 -
This lavishly illustrated volume explores the history of China during a period of dramatic shifts and surprising transformations, from the founding of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) through to the present day.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China promises to be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this rising superpower on the verge of what promises to be the "Chinese century", introducing readers to important but often overlooked events in China's past, such as the bloody Taiping Civil War (1850-1864), which had a death toll far higher than the roughly contemporaneous American Civil War. It also helps readers see more familiar landmarks in Chinese history in new ways, such as the Opium War (1839-1842), the Boxer Uprising of 1900, the rise to power of the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, and the Tiananmen protests and Beijing Massacre of 1989.

This is one of the first major efforts to come to terms with the broad sweep of modern Chinese history, taking readers from the origins of modern China right up through the dramatic events of the last few years (the Beijing Games, the financial crisis, and China's rise to global economic pre-eminence) which have so fundamentally altered Western views of China and China's place in the world.
Edited by:   Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 247mm,  Width: 190mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   838g
ISBN:   9780199683765
ISBN 10:   019968376X
Series:   Oxford Illustrated History
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   09 July 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, and Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies. He has edited a number of books on China and is the author of four: Student Protests in Twentieth Century China: The View from Shanghai (1991), China's Brave New World-And Other Tales for Global Times (2007), Global Shanghai, 1850-2010 (2009), and China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (2010; new ed. 2013), the last of which was also published by Oxford University Press. A co-founder of and contributing editor to the influential China Beat blog (2008-2012), he is a regular contributor to the press, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and he co-edits the Asia section of the Los Angeles Review of Books. A member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, he has been traveling to China regularly since the 1980s.

Reviews for The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China

This beautifully illustrated set of essays by a collection of the world's leading China scholars makes compelling reading for the China novice and seasoned China-hand alike. It is a wonderful guide to understanding the sweeping changes and dramatic transformations that have shaped China from the dynastic era to the present day. - Elizabeth Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign RelationsReview from previous edition: ...an excellent introduction to the history of modern China for the general reader and student alike ... The illustrations are excellent and help to bring the text to life with further colour (in both senses of the word) and detail. I am sure it will prove popular with students and the general public alike. - Tim Chamberlain, LSE Review of Books The best place to start for those who wish to get a handle on modern China. - Asian Review of Books


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