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China in Transformation

1900-1949, 2nd Edition

By Colin Mackerras


208 pages

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In the first half of the twentieth century, China moved from a millennium of imperial rule to the Communist Party-led People’s Republic of China which remains today. China in Transformation argues that this enormously significant period in Chinese history saw wrenching change throughout Chinese society amounting to a social, cultural and political transformation. This new, fully revised and updated edition takes full advantage of new research and formerly unavailable material to analyse the fascinating processes of revolution, reform, reaction and change in China during the period. Mackerras:

· Discusses the wars, occupations and uprisings that marked the period, including the Boxer Rebellion and the Japanese occupation and includes a new chapter on postwar China and the Civil War

· Examines nation-building and revolutions, including the successful communist movement that has led to the rise of today’s state

· Acknowledges the prevalence of poverty and famine in the period but also gives space to the areas in which there was progress: the introduction of mass, secular education, improvements in the status of women, and in a new chapter, details significant developments in culture, literature and theatre

Written in an accessible style, with a rich collection of Documents, Chronology, Glossary, a Guide to Further Reading,and a Who’s Who summarising the careers and contributions of the main figures, this new edition is essential for all those interested in understanding China’s modern history.

Table of Contents

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.

About the Author

Colin Mackerras is a professor emeritus in the Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Griffith University, Queensland. He has written eleven single-authored books about China. He won a Centenary Medal, awarded by the Governor-General of Australia in April 2003 and was appointed an officer in the Order of Australia (AO)in the Queen’s Birthday honours list of June 2007, in both cases for his contribution to education and for his work in Australia-China relations.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / China