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For courses on Modern Chinese History, Politics, Society, and Culture; a supplement for courses on East Asian civilization, World History and Civilization. Unlike other texts on modern Chinese historywhich tend to be so encyclopedic as to be difficult to use in the classroom, or too pedantic to keep students' interestthis text is usably comprehensive, focused on cutting edge interpretations, and written in a style that engages students from beginning to end. It uses the theme of identitiesof the nation itself and of the Chinese peopleto probe the vast changes that have swept over China from late imperial times to the beginning of the twenty-first century. In so doing, it explores the range of identities China has chosen over time and those that outsiders have bestowed upon China and its peopleshowing how, as China rapidly modernizes, the issue of Chinese identity in the modern world looms large.
Table of Contents
I. FROM THE HEIGHTS TO THE DEPTHS: CHALLENGES TO TRADITIONAL CHINESE IDENTITIES, 1780-1901.
1. Personal Identities. 2. Chinese and Manchus. 3. The Opium War and the Treaty System: Challenges to Chinese Identity. 4. An Age of Rebellion: Defiance of and Commitment to Traditional Chinese Identities and Approaches. 5. The Power of Traditional Cultural Identity: Chinese Reactions to Continuing Threats. 6. The Devastating Nineties: Destroying Traditional Identities.
II. “NO CHECKING THE TIDES OF CHANGE” : RECONSTRUCTING SOCIAL, CULTURAL, AND POLITICAL IDENTITY, 1901-1928.
7. The Revolutionary Manchus. 8. Selecting Identities: The Early Republic. 9. Constructing a New Cultural Identity: The May Fourth Movement. 10. Drawing the Sword: The Politicization of Identity.
III. REVOLUTION AND IDENTITY: SOCIAL REVOLUTION AND THE POWER OF TRADITION, 1928-1960.
11. Revolution in Retreat: The Nanjing Decade. 12. Revolution Reborn: The Communists in the 1930s. 13. A Rising Clash of National Identities: China and Japan, the 1920s and 1930s. 14. The Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945. 15. Toward Daybreak: Struggling for China's Identity, 1945- 1949. 16. Paths to the Future. 17. Coming Unglued.
IV. FROM “POLITICS IN COMMAND” TO THE GLORY OF GETTING RICH: CONTEMPORARY CHANGE AND IDENTITY, 1961-2000.
18. Death Dance: The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. 19. The End of Communism: “Tomorrow is the Children's.” 20. Successes and Problems at Century's End. 21. Nation and Identity: The Place of China in the World and of the Chinese in China. 22. Riding the Political Waves: Literature, Art, Cinema, and Popular Culture. 23. A Question of Identity: The Republic of China on Taiwan Since the 1970s. Epilogue. Index.