The Search for Modern China (Part 1 of 2)

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9780786102211: The Search for Modern China (Part 1 of 2)

[This is Part 1 of a 2-part Audiobook CASSETTE Library Edition in vinyl case.] [Cassette Edition --Part 1-- contains 14 cassettes]

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*A 1990 New York Times Book Review Book of the Year

The history of China is as rich and strange as that of any country on earth. Yet for many, China's history remains unknown, or known only through the stylized images that generations in the West have cherished or reviled as truth.

With his command of character and event -- the product of thirty years of research and reflection in the field -- Spence dispels those myths in a powerful narrative. Over four centuries of Chinese history, from the waning days of the once-glorious Ming Dynasty to Deng Xiaoping's bloody suppression of the pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, Spence fashions the astonishing story of the effort to achieve a modern China. Through the ideas and emotions of its reformist Confucian scholars, its poets, novelists, artists, and visionary students, we see one of the world's oldest cultures struggling to define itself as Chinese and modern.

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About the Author:

JONATHAN D. SPENCE was Sterling Professor of History at Yale University from 1993 to 2008. He has been awarded MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Los Angeles TimesBook Award. His most famous book -- The Search for Modern China -- won the Lionel Gelber Award and the Kiriyama Book Prize and has become one of the standard texts on the last several hundred years of Chinese history. His distinguished body of work on the history of modern China also includes the books God's Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan and The Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds.

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''Monumental . . . History that is always lively, always concrete, always comprehensible.'' --New York Times

''History at its best . . . All in the vivid, accessible style for which the author is well known.'' --Washington Post Book World

''To understand . . . China's past there is no better place to start than Jonathan D. Spence's excellent new book.'' --New York Times Book Review

''A splendid achievement, this sweeping 1088-page epic chronicle compresses four centuries of political and social change into a sharply observant narrative.'' --Publishers Weekly

''The difficulty of finding a complete, one-volume history of China is no longer a problem with publication of this work . . . The text is written in an informative manner that will appeal to students . . . High-school teachers will bless you for buying this well-researched volume.'' --School Library Journal

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