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Publisher Comments:

Ancestral Leaves follows one family through six hundred years of Chinese history and brings to life the epic narrative of the nation, from the fourteenth century through the Cultural Revolution. The lives of the Ye family — "Ye" means "leaf" in Chinese — reveal the human side of the large-scale events that shaped modern China: the vast and destructive rebellions of the nineteenth century, the economic growth and social transformation of the republican era, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Cultural Revolution under the Chinese Communists.

Joseph W. Esherick draws from rare manuscripts and archival and oral history sources to provide an uncommonly personal and intimate glimpse into Chinese family history, illuminating the changing patterns of everyday life during rebellion, war, and revolution.

Review:

"A uniquely revealing and humanizing prism through which to view the fascinating human drama of modern Chinese history, replete with information for both longtime students of China and newcomers alike. An absolutely splendid book." Elizabeth Perry, author of Patrolling the Revolution: Worker Militias, Citizenship and the Modern Chinese State

Synopsis:

"Esherick looks at familiar historical events and processes anew, enriching that history with great personal depth. There is really nothing like it." William T. Rowe, author of China's Last Empire: The Great Qing

About the Author

Joseph W. Esherick is Professor of Modern Chinese History at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Origins of the Boxer Uprising (UC Press) and co-editor of The Chinese Cultural Revolution as History, among many books.

Table of Contents

Preface

    Part I: The Imperial Era

  • 1. Fleeing the Long Hairs
  • 2. Family Roots
  • 3. Father, Son, and Family
  • 4. Rebellion
  • 5. Official Life in the Late Qing
  • 6. A Time of Transitions

    Part II: Republican China

  • 7. Doing Business in Tianjin
  • 8. Growing Up in Tianjin
  • 9. Student Life in the 1930s
  • 10.War

    Part III: The People's Republic

  • 11. Family Life in New China
  • 12. Hundred Flowers and Poisonous Weeds
  • 13. The Cultural Revolution

    Epilogue: After the Deluge

    Notes

    Glossary of Chinese Terms

    Selected Ye Family Bibliography

    Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520267008
Author:
Esherick, Joseph W.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
China
Subject:
China History.
Subject:
General
Subject:
World History - China
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 b/w photographs, 3 line illustrations
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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Biography » Historical
History and Social Science » Asia » China » General
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General
History and Social Science » World History » China
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details 392 pages University of California Press - English 9780520267008 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A uniquely revealing and humanizing prism through which to view the fascinating human drama of modern Chinese history, replete with information for both longtime students of China and newcomers alike. An absolutely splendid book." Elizabeth Perry, author of Patrolling the Revolution: Worker Militias, Citizenship and the Modern Chinese State
"Synopsis" by , "Esherick looks at familiar historical events and processes anew, enriching that history with great personal depth. There is really nothing like it." William T. Rowe, author of China's Last Empire: The Great Qing
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