Twentieth Century China: A History in Documents (Pages from History)

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The twentieth century was a time of great change in China's government, economy, culture, and everyday life. Twentieth Century China, Second Edition, chronicles this period of revolutions and uprisings with the words and images of the participants. This is the story of the people--leaders and followers--whose decisions propelled modern Chinese history in erratic directions. Using a wide variety of primary sources, including official reports and public statements, articles, political posters, cartoons, poetry, songs, and advertisements, R. Keith Schoppa paints a picture of a society undergoing drastic changes, both social and political. Mao Zedong's personal physician recalls the phenomenon of backyard steel furnaces and the changes they brought to the Chinese landscape during Mao's Great Leap Forward; a poem written in 1979 expresses anger toward a general who destroyed a kindergarten to build a mansion on its site; and the box from the Chinese version of Monopoly, introduced in 1987, playfully illustrates the economic reforms of Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin.

This second edition of Twentieth Century China also includes an updated introduction with a note on sources and interpretation, thirty-seven new sidebars, twelve new photographs, and updated further reading and websites.

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R. Keith Schoppa is Edward and Catherine Doehler Chair in Asian History at Loyola University, Maryland. He is the author of several monographs and textbooks on Chinese history, including Blood Road (1998), which won the Association for Asian Studies 1997 Levenson Prize for the best book on twentieth-century China.

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Grade 9 Up–Schoppa presents a fast-paced narrative of the last century using well-chosen excerpts from key primary sources: speeches, treaties, journalism, poems, letters, laws, etc., tied together with concise and informative editorial commentary. The picture on the front cover–a bridge connecting old and new China–exemplifies the book's visual component; it is replete with black-and-white cartoons, posters, photos, and reproductions, all of which are telling and memorable. Relevant and important portions of text have been condensed from lengthy tomes into digestible and understandable pieces. The final chapter, on China and the world today, partially sums up what has preceded it. Captions, selected quotations in sidebars, marginal glosses, text and picture credits, and a pronunciation guide all add to this well-organized book's utility and educational value.–Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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