This Sourcebook tells the momentous history of China since 1919 from the viewpoints of participants. Over 150 extracts from political statements, telegrams, speeches, memoirs, letters and poems illuminate the historical development of China from the May Fourth Movement onwards, and answer key questions such as:
- Has China's modernization over the last 100 years depended on turning to the West?
- What new problems has growing prosperity created for China?
This collection includes many classic documents as well as less accessible extracts, including a number only recently in the public domain. It will be an invaluable source of information for anyone interested in the modern history of China.
Table of Contents
1. The Cultural Renaissance 2. The United Front and its Breakdown 3. Maozhu in the Countryside and the Long March 4. The Nanjing Decade (1927–37) and World War Two (1937–45) 5. Yanan: The Formative Years, 1936–44 6. Civil War and Communist Victory 7. The Sino-Soviet Alliance, the Korean War,and the Early Years of the People's Republic, 1949–55 8. The Hundred Flowers 9. The Great Leap Forward 10. The Cultural Revolution 11. Years of Transition 12. Modernization in the 1980s 13. Defining the Chinese Nation: Hong Kong, Tibet, and the Minorities 14. China Enters the Twenty-First Century
'Useful reading for anyone embarking on the study of modern Chinese politics. The very diverse collection of documents compiled by the late Alan Lawrance provides in handy form useful materials covering most of the 20th Century.' - Asian Affairs