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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 3 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 10 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 17 months ago 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
The cover of the book is not new but its pages are very clear. I enjoy reading this book.
It looks almost new. I love it.
This is one the first substantial books I read about China, and I still consider it one of the best reads on the history of modern China. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Kelcy A. Hahn
This is an excellent sweep of recent Chinese history presented in a most readable way. It gives an insight into why today's Chinese people behave the way they do, e. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by eastwest student
I fell in love with China when I was five years old, through the Golden Book Chinese Fairy Tales. What a joy to recapture that love in reading Spence's book. Read morePublished on June 13, 2010 by brainout