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The Penguin History of Modern China: The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present, Third Edition

Jonathan Fenby

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Penguin
04 February 2019
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 -
In 1850, China was the 'sick man of Asia'. Now it is set to become the most powerful nation on earth.

The Penguin History of Modern China shows how turbulent that journey has been. For 150 years China has endured as a victim of brutality on an unmatched scale, of oppression, war and famine. This makes its current position as the newest and, arguably, most important global superpower all the more extraordinary.

Jonathan Fenby's clear, authoritative and brilliantly written account of China's recent past, now updated to take in the ascendency of Xi Jinping and China's global ambitions, is the definitive guide to this remarkable transformation.
By:   Jonathan Fenby
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   3rd edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   577g
ISBN:   9780141988450
ISBN 10:   0141988452
Pages:   816
Publication Date:   04 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jonathan Fenby has edited the Observer, the South China Morning Post and Reuters World Service as well as holding senior positions at the Economist, Independent and Guardian.His books include Generalissimo- Chiang Kai-Shek and the China He Lost, Dealing with the Dragon- A Year in the New Hong Kong, The General- Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved, The History of Modern France andTiger Head, Snake Tails- China Today, How It Got There and Where It is Heading.He is currently Managing Partner and China Director of the analytical service Trusted Sources. He was a made a Commander of the British Empire in 2000 for services to journalism and is a knight of both the Legion d'honneur and the French Order of Merit.

Reviews for The Penguin History of Modern China: The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present, Third Edition

His book is a miracle of thoroughness, truthfulness and readability - the perfect primer for a time when China is about to enter all our lives * Sunday Telegraph * Jonathan Fenby's ... illuminating book [is] the first major history that looks at the country with the eyes of the 21st century rather than the 20th -- Rana Mitter * FT * [It] reads like a novel and is never less than thoughtful and compassionate for the fate of a much-abused people ... [Fenby has] a journalist's eye for telling detail * Herald * Taut, anecdote-studded ... a great introduction for a general audience, with vivid scene setting and character sketches -- Michel Sheridan * Sunday Times * For an accessible, authoritative, fair and comprehensive and well written account, this would be hard to better * BBC History * A wonderful history of modern China and a cracking good read -- Chris Patten


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