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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent history for the novice
I enjoyed this book for several reasons. The writing is excellent. It does not read like dry history. The author starts with the fall of the Ming dynasty. This is an excellent choice. By starting here, the reader better understands why China views the west it does. This places current events more in historical perspective. I also liked the author making value...
Published on December 23, 2001 by Phillip J. Moore

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3.0 out of 5 stars But who is doing the "searching", and what is "Modern"?
Jonathan Spence concludes that following the Tian An Men Square crack down in 1989, China's quest for modernization remained unfulfilled. As much as I like and respect Spence's work, this strikes me as more of a moral judgement than an objective historical analysis.
I would have enjoyed this book more (and given it a much higher rating) if Spence had distanced...
Published on May 30, 2000 by C. Colt


The Search for Modern China
The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence (Paperback - January 1, 1991)
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