The Penguin History of Modern China
The Fall and Rise of A Great Power, 1850 - 2008Book - 2008
In the second half of the 19th century, China appeared as the sick man of Asia, rocked by recurrent revolts and huge natural disasters, ruled by an anachronistic imperial system and humiliated by foreign invasions. The first half of the 20th century was even worse, culminating in fourteen years of invasion by Japan, four years of civil war and three decades of chaotic, oppressive rule by Mao Zedong. Now, at the start of the 21st century, China is a major global force, booming economically and confident that it holds the keys to a future in which it will rival the United States. It is impossible to understand modern China without understanding the country's terrible recent past and Jonathan Fenby's magnificent new book is the essential work. Both a brilliant narrative, crammed with surprising and interesting stories, and a profound study of the nature of political power and its abuse.
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, c2008
Branch Call Number: ANF 951 FEN
Characteristics: xlvii, 768 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm