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China: A New History
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THIS EDITION HAS BEEN REPLACED BY A NEWER EDITION..
The late John King Fairbank was the West's doyen on China, and this book is the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast ancient civilization. This book remains a masterwork without parallel--a concise and authoritative account of China and its people over four millennia. The distinguished historian Merle Goldman has brought the book up to date with a chapter on events in the post-Mao period and a new preface and epilogue. She provides a detailed account of the wide array of changes--social, economic, cultural, and even political--that have taken place in China over the past two decades.
About the Author
John King Fairbank was Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and Director of the East Asian Research Center at Harvard University.Merle Goldman is Professor of History, Emerita, at Boston University and Associate of the John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Enlarged Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
Introduction: Approaches to Understanding China's History
The Variety of Historical Perspectives
Geography: The Contrast of North and South
Humankind in Nature
The Village: Family and Lineage
Inner Asia and China: The Steppe and the Sown
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