China in Transformation1900-1949
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The first half of the 20th century was a fascinating and tragic period for China. There were accomplishments, such as the strengthening economy, the improvements in the education system and the status of women, but these were overshadowed by continuing extreme poverty, social misery and a series of crises, many of them bloody. Worst of all, the period saw the Japanese occupation, among the most horrific in all Chinese history.
Professor Mackerras provides and admirably clear and accessible account of the events that defined this very confusing period in China's history. This new edition takes into account the many new articles and books published on this period and new (formerly unavailable) documents.
The maps, chronology, glossary, bibliography and guide to further reading will further bring the history alive for readers.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
1. Introduction, Framework and Definitions
2. Nineteenth-Century Background
PART TWO: CHINA IN TRANSFORMATION, CHRONOLOGICAL TREATMENT
3. The End of the Qing Period, 1900-11
4. The Revolution of Sun Yat-sen
5. Warlords, New Culture, 1916-28
6. The Nationalist Movement and Revolution
7. The Nanjing Decade, 1927-37
8. The Chinese Communist Party
9. The War against Japan
10. Post-War China, The Civil War
PART THREE: THEMES OF CHANGE
11. Aspects of Society: Family and Women, Religion and Secular Ideology
12. Education and the Student Movement
13. Literature and Theatre
PART FOUR: CONCLUSION
14. Conclusion and Evaluation
PART FIVE: DOCUMENTS
- China in Transformation is one of the most accessible guides to the history of modern China from the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 to the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.
- Written in an accessible style, with a rich collection of Documents, Chronology, Glossary, a Guide to Further Reading,and a Whos Who summarising the careers and contributions of the main figures.
- Introduces new, formerly unavailable documents, and takes into account recent research and literature.
Colin Mackerras is Professor Emeritus at the Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia