- Series: China in the Twentieth Century
- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Pr (May 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306706938
- ISBN-13: 978-0306706936
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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