The Rise of Modern China 6th Edition

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Praise for the previous edition:

"Perhaps the most lively account of modern China -- full of meticulous data as well as fascinating episodic illustrations. A great fusion of social science and humanisitic approaches." -- Vipan Chandra Wheaton College

"A classic comprehensive work with broad appeal." -- Richard H. Bradford, West Virginia Tech

"The best textbook on modern China in all languages, including Chinese .... It is comprehensive and yet interesting to read." -- Key Ray Chong, Texas Tech University

"A work of splendid balance and narrative clarity." -- Harry Dahlheimer, SUNY Cortland College --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Immanuel C. Y. Hsu is at University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 6 edition (December 9, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195125045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195125047
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 2.2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey L. Guthery on January 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Now in it's sixth edition, this work bt C.Y. Hsu is still one of the most popular textbooks on this subject in universities across the country. Within its 1000+ pages the book covers the period from the beginning of the Ching dynasty (1644) to 1998. I believe that what separates this book from others on this subject is that instead of focusing primarily on geography, chronology, and names, it attempts to provide a glimpse of the personalities and motivations of the many important figures that emerged during this period. The chapters concerning the years between the decline of the Ching at the turn of the 19th century and the establishment of the PRC in 1949 are extremely well done, and convey a great deal of information about important players of that age such as Sun Yat Sen, Mao, and Chiang Kai Shek. It is a well-researched, well-written book, and a pleasure to read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jean on May 6, 2006
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I recently took a course on the history of modern China in university, which covered the era spanning from the late Qing to 21st century. Initially I was rather daunted by the size and thickness of this book, but I ended up reading this book 3 times by the end of the course because it was so readable. Immanuel Hsu's analysis is clear and obviously up to par. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is taking a similar course. If you're keen to understand China particularly in the light of current affairs, you need to know about its recent history as well. There is no better place to start than with "The Rise of China" by Immanuel Hsu.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chang on July 16, 2006
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Having grown up in mainland China, having read most of the Chinese history books available, and having steeped with all comtemporary arts and media propaganda as well as serious scholar works, I thought that I have a full grasp of the modern Chinese history until I read this book half through, of which I bought the fifth edition several years ago but collecting dust on the book shelf. I could not help to wait the finish of my reading of the whole book but to write this. So far, this is a book I read with such fascination better than reading any book in my life, including those page turner best seller fictions. Originally I picked up to read this book as some kind of obligation to read those books I bought but never opened, following my successes with those Hemingway and Mark Twain, and pessimistically planned to spend the rest of July to finish it, and this was only three days ago and I'm already half through. When I read this book for the past few days, I cannot help to notice the connections between the events in the past and those events more recently. For example, Kang You-Wei's reform and four modernization; Tai Ping Tiang Guo and the lang reform of the 50's; the list goes on. Overall, I highly recommend anyone, especially those of us oversee Chinese from mainland China, to read this book. I will be anxious to know whether any attempt has been made to translate this book into Chinese so that every Chinese could read it. Not knowing the difference between the fifth and the sixth edition, I would offer a suggestion to consider for the seventh edition: to add a list of Chinese for those names used in the text, since it's very hard to remember all the names in the out dated old spelling, in addition to correspond each with the correct Chinese name.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By esar on October 27, 2005
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This is the best single-volume history of Modern China that you could own. It covers the history of China from the Ch'ing (Qing) dynasty to the emergence of China as a global superpower at the beginning of the 21st century. Scholarly, yet immensely readable. This work will remain a lasting memorial to Professor Hsü, a preeminent scholar of Modern Chinese History, whom I had the great privilege to know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nick King on April 24, 2000
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Whether you are studying Chinese history or you're simply interested in China, this book is essential for every library. It is both consumately researched and artfully written.
Asian history doesn't get any better than this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Perelli-Minetti on November 19, 2007
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While Spence's "The Search for Modern China" may be currently the most popular survey of modern Chinese history, Hsu's work is indispensable for the student of wants a deep understanding of China and the Chinese. I was fortunate enough to have studied the material covered with Hsu at Santa Barbara, while he was working on the first edition and still using the then only good English language Asian history by Fairbank (+ others) as a text. While I still have my copy of Fairbank's two volumes, which remain useful for Japan and Southeast Asia, it is to Hsu's text I still refer on matters of Chinese history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By historybuff on August 8, 2008
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Hsu fills in a niche which has remained empty for a long time. Chinese history written by self-styled western experts presents a real challenge for fairness and perspective. In Western eyes, the colonial period is often seen through rose colored glasses and this hampers their ability to present it objectively. With this book we can get a different perspective from someone who has lived the Asian experience from the Asian side. Good work!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Isaac Ho on February 19, 2007
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This is the definitive work by Prof. C.Y. Hsu of the University of Californai, Santa Barbara.

It is a highly acclaimed history book which tells the rise of modern China which begins with her occupation by the alien power - the Manchus - from the border of north China and rules the country with an iron grip from 1644 to 1912.

The Manchus were an alien, warlike race which had an eye for China (just like the barbaric Japs in 1935) for a while, and according to Prof. Hsu and his marvellous research, the appropriate time came sooner than expected which altered the future course of China and eventually led it to become a world power a century later.

The Manchus enticed the Ming Dynasty General Wu San Kwei who was then guarding the walls at San Hai Kwan Pass (Mountain and Sea Pass) which effectively blocked the entrance of these warlike aliens to which the weaken Ming Dynasty couldn't well resist. Then internal political turmoil caused the last Ming Emperor to commit suicide and the rise of the rebel Li Zhi Cheng which looted and subsequently occupied Peking. Fatefully, Li abducted the mistress named Chen Yuan Yuan of Gen. Wu which compelled him to open the massive wall-gate and allowed the Manchus to enter Peking to chastise the rebel who was eventually captured and beheaded after many battles.

Then the Manchus began to establish their Manchu or Ch'ing Dynasty from 1644-1912 with ten succeeding emperors and one notorious empress named Tzi Hsi.

China, weakened by internal unrest and revolts and external pressure from the foreign powers - notably Great Britain, France, Imperial Japan, Germany, Italy, Germany, Russia and etc., almost brought the country to total ruin, division and a multiple foreign colony.
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