Sources in Chinese History: Diverse Perspectives from 1644 to the Present

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Glance at any recent newspaper, magazine or mainstream website and one will encounter some mention of China. The number of Americans and Europeans studying the Chinese language has soared in recent years. Foreign investment in China and Chinese exports to the world are increasing at a record pace. Western political leaders ponder how to join or combat the country's expanding influence. Yet, this emerging discovery of China should more correctly be described as a re-discovery. European and American churches have sent missionaries to China for more than five centuries. Western traders and businesses have sought Chinese products, and pursued new markets for their own goods, for a commensurate period. Still, this newfound interest in China suggests there is a need for a sourcebook that goes beyond the narrow boundaries of political and intellectual thought; a sourcebook that explores the broad cultural, social and ethnic trends that are the foundation of a 21st century China.

A variety of perspectives introduce readers to the issues, trends and challenges of each particular period. This text goes beyond boundaries of political and intellectual thought; a sourcebook that explores the broad cultural, social and ethnic trends that are the foundation of a 21st century China. The different viewpoints presented will lead students to rethink the way in which historical events are commonly understood.

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"This book, in a word, is excellent. The image and commentary feature is appealing; it is an extraordinarily effective device for "hooking" students and making the past much "closer." Chapter introductions are cogent, as Atwill has selected new or infrequently-utilized people and events. There is nothing humdrum here: the documents are compelling and important; and the commentary crackles with fresh and acute insights and analysis." --R. Keith Schoppa, Loyola College


"This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive Chinese history sourcebook currently available. What's most valuable about this book is its extensive use of Chinese sources which helps users to understand Chinese perspectives in a fresh way."

--Yufeng Mao, Washington University

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