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Pages: 576

Language: English

Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A.; 2 edition (17 May 2001)

By: Jack Gray(Author)

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This is a study of China from the 1800s to the present day. It focuses on China's problems of development - the decay and collapse of the Chinese Empire, its failure to recover in the first half of the twentieth century, and its rapid emergence in world affairs since the Communist Party Revolution of 1949. This new edition examines economic growth, updates Chinese foreign policy, provides a revised account of the Tiananmen Incident, and brings the chronology completely up to date.

Review from previous edition formidable and informative history of modern China ... it should be adopted as a basic text. For example, the chapter on traditional society is a model presentation of an historical overview. (Political Studies)Gray's book, covering a huge span of history crammed with landmarks of both tragedy and achievement, addresses the question of the nature of the response of the Chinese rulers to the West. The rich tapestry of the years of revolutionary struggle and the process of reconstruction and modernization is brought alive through a lively narrative style. (Shirin Rai, The Pacific Review, 1991)Jack Gray's work is at once readable and definitive as a political survey. (Steven Sage, Middle Tennessee State University)Jack Gray does an admirable job ... Gray has the knack of bringing each lengthy political chapter to a conclusion that is sharp and memorable ... These are invaluable for students, and make the work intellectually challenging for all readers ... he desribes a contemporary China moving, with much of the rest of East Asia toward a new "Confucian corporatism" ... This is a challenging conclusion to a stimulating and well written narrative. (William C. Kirby, The China Quarterly, Vol. 139, Sept '94)Consistently stimulating and well-written, Rebellions and Revolutions, China from the 1800s to the 1980s matches a firm grasp of detail with an eye for challenging interpretations, and is bound to become a well-loved textbook. (T.H. Barrett, School of Oriental & African Studies, London, EHR, Oct. '93)... an excellent textbook ... (Jayant Dasgupta. The National Defence Academy Journal)... an invaluable history for anyone interested in modern China. (Tiffany Brown, Independent)A first-class study, and it fills a big gap in under-graduate teaching. Plenty of information and argument; at times provocative. I do not agree with all the judgements, but who would - this is Chinese history and politics! A good short bibliography. (David Steeds, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth)Will be of use to all undergraduates doing courses on modern China. (Lecturer, University of Edinburgh)Probably the best substantial study available. (Lecturer, Stirling University)Jack Gray's previous work led one to expect something good but this is excellent ... (Professor, University of Aberdeen)Admirable history of China for teaching purposes ... (Reader in History, University of Sussex)


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  • By J. Scott on 30 July 2017

    Everything as expected

  • By Guest on 18 February 2009

    I used this book for a course on contemporary Chinese politics, which of course requires a background of the history of China. This was a very useful resource, well written with good detail. The chapters are broken down into smaller topics, which is great for quick reference. There is also a timeline at the start of the book which is invaluable.

  • By William Podmore on 25 January 2013

    This is a very useful survey of China's history over the last 200 years. Gray challenges many of the Cold war myths about China. For example, he notes, "the vast majority of China's 2 million landlords, while they may have lost their estates, survived the land reform."He points out that in 1958 the USA supplied Taiwan with modern missiles, increasing the threat of a US-backed attack on China and forcing China to switch resources, and attention, to its defence needs.He also exposes the lie, recently repeated in The Higher, that China had `normal weather conditions' in 1959 and 1960. He reports that 1959's summer harvest was poor and 1960's harvests were disastrous. Drought struck a third of China's arable land, and floods another sixth. Grain production was 185 million tonnes in 1957, 200 million in 1958, 170 million in 1959 and 160 million in 1960. In August 1960, Khrushchev suddenly withdrew all Soviet aid, technicians and blueprints.

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