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People's China : A Brief History - Craig Dietrich

People's China

A Brief History

Paperback

Published: 1st August 1997
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Now completely revised and updated, this balanced and lively history of the Peoples Republic of China offers a narrative and interpretive appraisal of this great nation since its post-World War II beginnings. Opening with the sweeping changes that occurred when Mao Zedong and the Communists defeated Chiang Kai-shek in 1949 and took over a China which was still reeling from World War II, this text introduces the unique characters and events which have shaped recent Chinese history. It also illuminates such epic events as the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and the post-Mao reforms.
This new edition takes into account China's increasing economic liberalization along with its continuing authoritarianism. Including important new materials as well as a thoroughly rewritten final chapter, the third edition of People's China is completely up-to-date, chronologically unpacking the essential story of modern China -- the historical background, the ideologies, the grand economic achievements, and the cruel repression, making it an ideal text for courses in history and political science.

Praise for previous editions: "A major success. Written with unusual clarity and simplicity, it is also based on deeply understood, profoundly digested knowledge."--History: Reviews of New Books "The narrative is useful and rich inasmuch as it traces these campaigns quite vividly within the space of just 350 pages....The excellent portraits of Chinese leaders and the graphs add considerably to the value of this extremely useful volume."--International Studies "A lucid, dispassionate account of Chinese history during the last four decades. It is based on sound, scholarly research, and reads extremely well. A valuable contribution."--E-tu Zen Sun, Pennsylvania State University Praise for previous editions: "A major success. Written with unusual clarity and simplicity, it is also based on deeply understood, profoundly digested knowledge."--History: Reviews of New Books "The narrative is useful and rich inasmuch as it traces these campaigns quite vividly within the space of just 350 pages....The excellent portraits of Chinese leaders and the graphs add considerably to the value of this extremely useful volume."--International Studies "A lucid, dispassionate account of Chinese history during the last four decades. It is based on sound, scholarly research, and reads extremely well. A valuable contribution."--E-tu Zen Sun, Pennsylvania State University

A NOTE ON THE ROMANIZATION OF CHINESE WORDS INTRODUCTION 1: OLD CHINA AND YOUNG REVOLUTIONARIES Village China and Young Mao To the city Unification, Invasion, and Civil War Personalities and Causes Was China Ripe for Revolution? 2: REVOLUTIONARIES SEIZE POWER: 1949-52 Establishing Sovereignty Installing the New Order The Korean War Campaigns Disappointments, Ironies, and Contradictions 3: SOCIALIST TRANSFORMATION: 1953-57 The First Five-Year Plan The First Five-Year Plan The High Tide of 1955 The Eighth Party Congress, September 1956 The Hundred Flowers Campaign 4: THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD Initial Stages of the Great Leap The Great Leap in the Ascendant The Great Leap in Decline 5: DEPRESSION, RECOVERY, AND STRUGGLE AT THE TOP: 1960-65 The Immediate Repercussions of the Great Leap Political Crisis 6: THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION: 1966-69 Participants Tidal Wave The Flood Receded 7: THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION IN RETREAT: 1969-76 Failure to Consolidate Radical Rule: 1969-71 The Uneasy Regime of the Moderates: 1972-75 Mao's Final Months and the Arrest of the Gang of Four: 1976 An End and a Beginning 8: CROSSING THE RIVER, GROPING FOR THE STONES: REFORM IN THE 1980s Power Struggle Socialist Economies with Chinese Characteristics Political Dilemmas Foreign Policy Chinese Society Under Reform Political Tensions 9: "WE MUST NOT LET THE NEXT GENERATION POUR A BUCKET OF EXCREMENT ON OUR HEADS": THE TRAGEDY AT TIANANMEN Seven Extraordinary Weeks 10: THE NINETIES: TWO FACES OF CHINA Regaining Control The Stern Face of Authority Xiaokang: The Happy Face of "Modest Prosperity" New World, New Possibilities Chinese Society and Culture: Trends and Problems NOTES SUGGESTED READINGS INDEX

ISBN: 9780195106299
ISBN-10: 0195106296
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.11 x 13.92  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised