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on May 2, 2018
Clear but interesting writing. Fairbank has command of a huge subject and is able to present it to the student (me) in a way that keeps us turning the pages. Lots of helpful art work also to help us along.
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on February 13, 2011
The 2006 version of this book has 2 added chapters from historian Merle Goldman. She wraps up the post-Mao events, economical, political, societal, and foreign interactions. The main part of the book is informative, with objective descriptions of events and people, the last two show the changes that have occurred since 1976, with a opening left for post-2005 China changes. Well worth having for anyone interested in Chinese history, whether modern or older. This book is good for the layman who may also want to learn more, as the suggested readings are comprehensive.
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on December 26, 2010
This review of Chinese history spans the entirety of Chinese history, however the edition that I bought only spanned until the middle of Deng Xiaoping's administration. Focusing primarily on trends and patterns over each period of history rather than on dates, names, and places, the reader can truly understand what was happening in Chinese daily life as opposed to just the major political leaders' lives. The author does infer at some points that the reader has a general understanding of certain events, so a complimentary textbook would be helpful.
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on February 22, 2013
Captivating and very comprehensive, without being heavy, history of a fascinating culture. This is a must-read for anyone remotely interested in Chinese culture or history.
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on December 10, 2016
Great buy
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on October 23, 2012
I found this history to be balanced and has a good broad coverage of the field. However, in some areas of interest to me, there was a lack of depth. Particularly the Neoliothic societies, and the transitions through the earliest dynasties.
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on January 21, 2010
Wish there was bit more coverage of earlier history of China as 1/2 the book covers 20th century China. I enjoyed his coverage of Mao and PRC politics, read like a novel to me.

He tried to throw some economics in his review of China which was good but his economics is very weak. Apparently he believes that there needs to a special form of economics different from the balance of humanity to explain China. There is something very unique and strange about China that makes macro economics and microeconomics useless in China. For some reason low cost labor is a problem and not an asset to China in his eyes. And of course we says we can not compare economic development in Taiwan with that of the PRC because they are different.

I do get a feeling he is one of those progressives that grew up in the 1930s hates classical liberals and really believed that Communism would work if it only could be tweaked a little and has only failed because of bad men such as Mao and Stalin.
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on March 13, 2013
Another fascinating history of China. It provides a better understanding of China than most other histories that I have read.
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on February 1, 2014
I'm very glad to have it with me, it's a wonderful book, very interesting and with a lot of information about a Chinese language student needs to know about China!
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on February 23, 2013
I have read other histories of China. This offers a diiferent perspective i.e. that of this particular author. It also filled in some holes not in other volumes.
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