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Spence advocates democracy in China and presents contemporary views of its oppressive history, including Chiang Kai-Shek's fascist supporters and the bloodbath known as the Cultural Revolution. "A splendid achievement, this sweeping . . . epic chronicle compresses four centuries of political and social change into a sharply observant narrative," said PW . Photos.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
YA --The difficulty of finding a complete, one-volume history of China is no longer a problem with publication of this work, which covers Chinese history from the 16th-century Ming Dynasty to the 1989 "China Spring" demonstrations. The 200+ photographs and illustrations, many in color and previously unpublished, include historical notes that add understanding to the art and the stories illustrated. The text is written in an informative manner that will appeal to students; their lack of knowledge of Chinese history is forstalled by the comprehensive glossary that explains phrases, people, and events. High-school teachers will bless you for buying this well-researched volume.
-Dolores Steinhauer, Jefferson Sci-Tech, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I have read other histories of China but Mr. Spence presents it in a very readable way and highlight things glossed over in other book.Published 5 months ago by Gene R. Brumbach
Great for my research paper I'm doing. Spence does a great job at covering much of the history of China in extraordinary detail.Published 8 months ago by JG
Spence covers the centuries of China's last dynasty, the Qing (Ch'ing), the efforts to establish republican government, the warlord era, and the rise of the Communist... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Yersin USA
I'm learning Chinese and have a shelf full of books about China which I've recently been plowing through. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joanne
Basic but useful history of modern China.
Not beach reading, but that's not what it's for anyway.
Probably best for skimming and reference.
I thought Fairbanks' book was good but this was far better and gave better insight into the Chinese history. If you pick any history of China makes this a must!Published on March 13, 2013 by James M. Hammond
Here are a couple points to keep in mind.
1) China is roughly the same size as the US
2) China had civilization before the US
1 + 2 = china has more... Read more