Synopses & Reviews
Look no further for a comprehensive narrative of Chinese history from the fall of the Ming dynasty to the present. Beautifully written by a leading scholar in the field, the new edition of The Search for Modern China brings to life the characters and events of Chinas turbulent modern history. The narrative is detailed balanced, integrating political and cultural history with social and economic developments. Spence has streamlined and thoroughly updated the text in light of new scholarship and the major new steps China has taken in the last ten years.
"Monumental.... History that is always lively, always concrete, always comprehensible."New York Times
"History at its best...all in the vivid, accessible style for which the author is well known."Washington Post Book World
The best one-volume history of modern China. It is clear, incisive, evocative, and most of all eminently readable.
Louis G. Perez
Illinois State University
This is vintage Spence, carefully researched, beautifully written and designed for the widest possible reading audience. Roger V. Des Forges
State University of New York Buffalo
This is a remarkable achievement. It sets a new standard.
Suzanne Wilson Barnett University of Puget Sound
Extraordinary triumph of clarity and depth. Its passionate devotion to making detail serve analysis is a model of depth and texture.
Theodore F. Cook William Paterson College
In this widely acclaimed history of modern China, Jonathan Spence achieves a fine blend of narrative richness and efficiency. The Search for Modern Chinaoffers a matchless introduction to China's history.
"A remarkable achievement...vivid...fluent, graceful.... A publishing event."--Boston Globe
Includes bibliographical references (p. 749-788) and index.
About the Author
Jonathan D. Spence is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught for thirty years. He has been awarded MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. The Search for Modern China won the Lionel Gelber Award and the Kiriyama Book Prize.