Ten Lessons in Modern Chinese History

By Yangwen Zheng

Ten Lessons in Modern Chinese History


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9773-7
  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: May 2018
  • BIC Category: Modern History, History, History, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy, HISTORY / Asia / China, Humanities / Social & cultural history, China, Humanities / Asian history


This book is a timely and solid portrait of modern China from the First Opium War to the Xi Jinping era. Unlike the handful of existing textbooks that only provide narratives, this textbook fashions a new and practical way to study modern China. Written exclusively for university students, A-level or high school teachers and students, it uses primary sources to tell the story of China and introduces them to existing scholarship and academic debate so they can conduct independent research for their essays and dissertations. This book will be required reading for students who embark on the study of Chinese history, politics, economics, diaspora, sociology, literature, cultural, urban and women's studies. It would be essential reading to journalists, NGO workers, diplomats, government officials, businessmen and travellers.


'This book is organized as an introduction to modern Chinese history for college students. In eight chronological chapters called lessons, Zheng (history, Univ. of Manchester) narrates events beginning with the opium wars of the mid-1800s to the current era of Xi Jinping, as China takes a greater role in world affairs. The final two lessons cover, respectively, the changing roles of women across the decades and transformations in sports, the performing arts, and family relationships. Each lesson ends with a section called "Mapping the Scholarship," which provides a short overview of significant scholarly works on the topics covered in the lesson and is a valuable feature for instructors. Gender historians might wish that the discussion of changing roles for women were integrated into the chronological narrative rather than segregated in a lesson of its own, but many teachers and readers will probably prefer Zheng's approach. Given the book's lively prose, stimulating analysis of the major turning points of the last 180 years, and attention to recent events, college instructors should consider adopting it for their classes on modern China.'
K. E. Stapleton, State University of New York at Buffalo, Choice
Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates and general readers


List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Map of China
Lesson 1: 'The Race for Oriental Opulence'
Lesson 2: 'Sinicizing Christianity'
Lesson 3: The Long March to Modernity
Lesson 4: 'The Scramble for China'
Lesson 5: 'The Age of Revolution'
Lesson 6: 'Warring States' of the Twentieth Century
Lesson 7: 'A Revolution Derailed'
Lesson 8: The Great Leap Forward . Finally!
Lesson 9: 'Three-Inch Golden Lotus' to 'Tiger Girls'
Lesson 10: Confucius in Harmony with Modernity


Zheng Yangwen is Professor of Chinese History at the University of Manchester

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