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China in Transformation: 1900-1949 (Seminar Studies in History)

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Publisher Comments:

In the first half of the twentieth century, China moved from a millennium of imperial rule to the Communist Party-led People’s Republic of China which remains today.  China in Transformation argues that this enormously significant period in Chinese history saw wrenching change throughout Chinese society amounting to a social, cultural and political transformation. This new, fully revised and updated edition takes full advantage of new research and formerly unavailable material to analyse the fascinating processes of revolution, reform, reaction and change in China during the period. Mackerras:

 

·        Discusses the wars, occupations and uprisings that marked the period, including the Boxer Rebellion and the Japanese occupation and includes a new chapter on postwar China and the Civil War

 

·        Examines nation-building and revolutions, including the successful communist movement that has led to the rise of today’s state

 

·        Acknowledges the prevalence of poverty and famine in the period but also gives space to the areas in which there was progress:  the introduction of mass, secular education, improvements in the status of women, and in a new chapter, details significant developments in culture, literature and theatre

 

Written in an accessible style, with a rich collection of Documents, Chronology, Glossary, a Guide to Further Reading, and a Who’s Who summarising the careers and contributions of the main figures, this new edition is essential for all those interested in understanding China’s modern history.

 

 

Colin Mackerras is a professor emeritus in the Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Griffith University, Queensland. He has written eleven single-authored books about China. He won a Centenary Medal, awarded by the Governor-General of Australia in April 2003 and was appointed an officer in the Order of Australia (AO)in the Queen’s Birthday honours list of June 2007, in both cases for his contribution to education and for his work in Australia-China relations.

Book News Annotation:

Mackerras (emeritus, international business and Asian studies, Griffith U., Australia) presents a text designed for use in undergraduate-level courses on Chinese history. It introduces Chinese history from the Boxer Rebellion (1900), which precipitated invasion and humiliation at the hands of the world's large powers, and the triumph of the Chinese Communist Revolution (1949). The framework of the text revolves around four basic thematic tensions: revolution, reform, change, and reaction; nationalism and imperialism; modernization and tradition; and foreign impact and internal dynamic. Following a review of the 19th-century background, the text provides a chronological treatment of political and military developments. It then presents chapters discussing the thematic topics of social change, education and the student movement, and literature and theater. Also included are 46 primary source documents and a guide to further reading. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The first half of the 20th century was a fascinating and tragic period for China. There were accomplishments, such as the strengthening economy, the improvements in the education system and the status of women, but these were overshadowed by continuing extreme poverty, social misery and a series of crises, many of them bloody. Worst of all, the period saw the Japanese occupation, among the most horrific in all Chinese history.

Professor Mackerras provides and admirably clear and accessible account of the events that defined this very confusing period in China's history.  This new edition takes into account the many new articles and books published on this period and new (formerly unavailable) documents.

The maps, chronology, glossary, bibliography and  guide to further reading will further bring the history alive for readers.

Synopsis:

One of the most accessible guides to the history of modern China.

  • The study of China is a growing area
  • Completely updated new edition
  • Includes maps, chronology and guide to further reading
  • Lucid and easy to read introduction to a complicated period of history.

About the Author

Colin Mackerras is Professor Emeritus at the Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

Table of Contents

Preface                                                                                                           

Chronology

Who’s who?

Glossary

Maps                                                                                                  

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

1. Introduction, Framework and Definitions                                              

Themes in Chinese history, 1900-49                        

Revolution, reform, change and reaction                              

Nationalism and imperialism                                               

Modernization and tradition                                    

Foreign impact and internal dynamic                                   

2. Nineteenth-Century Background                                                         

Society, economy and population                            

Rebellion                                                                           

The Western impact and the unequal treaties                      

The Sino-Japanese War ends the tribute system                  

The beginnings of reform and modernization                     

PART TWO: CHINA IN TRANSFORMATION, CHRONOLOGICAL TREATMENT

3. The End of the Qing Period, 1900-11                                       

The Boxer Rebellion and reaction                           

Post-Boxer nationalism and reform                         

The Russo-Japanese War                                                  

Constitutional reform                                                         

4. The Revolution of Sun Yat-sen                                                           

Sun Yat-sen's early career and revolutionary activities                          

The United League and Revolution of 1911                    

Yuan Shikai betrays the revolution                                 

Reasons for the success of the 1911 Revolution 

5. Warlords, New Culture, 1916-28                                                         

The warlord period                                                       

Features of warlords and their rule                                

The May Fourth Incident aftermath             

The New Culture or May Fourth Movement                  

6. The Nationalist Movement and Revolution                                            

The Guangzhou regimes                                    

The First Congress of the Nationalist Party; Sun's three principles of the people                             

The rise of Chiang Kai-shek; The Northern

Expedition begins                                              

The split in the Revolution; Chiang Kai-shek's

Shanghai Coup                                    

7. The Nanjing Decade, 1927-37                                                    

Politics and the struggle against opposition 

Government Party                                                       

Corruption, Chiang Kai-shek's power base                     

Population                                                                    

The economy                                                               

8. The Chinese Communist Party                                                  

The early period                                                           

The end of the united front and aftermath                      

The Chinese Soviet Republic                                         

The Long March                                                          

The Yan'an decade                                                      

9. The War against Japan                                                            

The Xi'an Incident and the Second United Front 

The War Against Japan: Early stages, 1937-40   

The War Against Japan: Later stages, 1941-45   

10. Post-War China, The Civil War                                                               

Between wars: From the victory over Japan to the outbreak of civil war 

The Civil War and the victory of the CCP                      

PART THREE: THEMES OF CHANGE

11. Aspects of Society: Family and Women, Religion and Secular Ideology

Family life                                                                    

The position of women, 1900-27                        

The position of women, 1927-49                        

Religion                                                                        

Secular ideology                                                           

12. Education and the Student Movement                                         

The education system                                                                             

The student movement                                      

13. Literature and Theatre                                                                          

Some background                                                         

Theory of the arts                                                                            

Fiction

Theatre                                                            

PART FOUR: CONCLUSION

14. Conclusion and Evaluation                                                                     

Significance of the period 1900-49                                             

Evaluation of the achievements and leaders of the period

Reasons for the defeat of the Nationalist Party               

PART FIVE: DOCUMENTS                                                                           

Guide to Further Reading                                                                      

List of References            

Index                                                                            

 

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405840583
Author:
Mackerras, Colin
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Subject:
General
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
General History
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
China History 1861-1912.
Subject:
China History Republic, 1912-1949.
Subject:
World History - China
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Seminar Studies in History Series
Publication Date:
June 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9.20x6.70x.60 in. .80 lbs.

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Product details 216 pages Longman Publishing Group - English 9781405840583 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The first half of the 20th century was a fascinating and tragic period for China. There were accomplishments, such as the strengthening economy, the improvements in the education system and the status of women, but these were overshadowed by continuing extreme poverty, social misery and a series of crises, many of them bloody. Worst of all, the period saw the Japanese occupation, among the most horrific in all Chinese history.

Professor Mackerras provides and admirably clear and accessible account of the events that defined this very confusing period in China's history.  This new edition takes into account the many new articles and books published on this period and new (formerly unavailable) documents.

The maps, chronology, glossary, bibliography and  guide to further reading will further bring the history alive for readers.

"Synopsis" by , One of the most accessible guides to the history of modern China.

  • The study of China is a growing area
  • Completely updated new edition
  • Includes maps, chronology and guide to further reading
  • Lucid and easy to read introduction to a complicated period of history.

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