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Modern China: The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present
 
 
Author
Jonathan Fenby.
Publisher Ecco  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.9 inches
ISBN 9780061661167
Pages/Publication Date 763/2008
Daedalus Item Code 12032
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No country on earth has suffered a more bitter history in modern times than China. In the second half of the 19th century it was viewed as doomed to extinction, brought low by revolts, shifting social patterns, republican revolutionaries, Western incursions to "split the Chinese melon," and a disastrous defeat by Japan. The presence of predatory foreigners has often been blamed for China's troubles, but the much greater cause came from within China itself, argues Jonathan Fenby in this panoramic history, with an extraordinary cast of characters and a succession of cataclysmic events. Yet from this long trauma, China has emerged in the last three decades as an economic powerhouse set to play a major global political role.

"A powerful revisionist account of a country whose history needs to be understood if the west is to comprehend China's role in the present and future.... That century-old dilemma of how to create a strong China in a world buffeted by global forces is painfully relevant today. Jonathan Fenby's account of how China has coped with that dilemma makes his illuminating book the first major history that looks at the country with the eyes of the 21st century rather than the 20th."Financial Times (London)

 
 
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