Synopses & Reviews
A milestone in Western studies of China.” (John K. Fairbank)
In this masterful, highly original approach to modern Chinese history, Jonathan D. Spence shows us the Chinese revolution through the eyes of its most articulate participantsthe writers, historians, philosophers, and insurrectionists who shaped and were shaped by the turbulent events of the twentieth century. By skillfully combining literary materials with more conventional sources of political and social history, Spence provides an unparalleled look at China and her people and offers valuable insight into the continuing conflict between the implacable power of the state and the strivings of China's artists, writers, and thinkers.
Praise for The Gate of Heavenly Peace:
“Absolutely first rate; it is adventurous in form, scrupulous in content, passionate in its revelation of complex human drama.”
“[Jonathan Spence] has woven a magical symphony that tells us as no conventional history could of the agony of a nation in awesome labor.”
—Harrison E. Salisbury, Chicago Tribune Book World
“With a novelists flair for life and a historians grounding in fact . . . there is no other work to match this in sweep, vivacity, and humanity.”
About the Author
Jonathan Spence's eleven books on Chinese history include The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Treason by the Book, and The Death of Woman Wang. His awards include a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Fellowship. He teaches at Yale University.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Note on Pronunciation
1. Arousing the Spirits
2. Visions and Violence
4. The Far Horizon
5. The Land of Hunger
6. Extolling Nirvana
7. Whose Children Are Those?
8. Wake the Spring
9. Farewell to the Beautiful Things
12. A New Order
13. The Noise of the Renegades