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Modernization and Revolution in China

5th Edition

By June Grasso, Jay P. Corrin, Michael Kort


240 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Extensively revised and fully updated in this fifth edition, this popular textbook conveys the drama of China's struggle to modernize against the backdrop of a proud and difficult history. It features new analysis of the issues facing China’s fifth generation of leaders, including the current economic climate, China's relations with its neighbors and the United States, the latest Tibetan crisis, and the election of Xi Jinping. Incorporating new analytical summaries in each chapter and updated suggested readings, this new edition covers:

    • The breakdown of imperial China in the face of Japanese and Western encroachments
    • The early struggles between the ideologies and armies of Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong
    • China's bitter and costly war with Japan
    • The Chinese Communist Party’s successes during the 1950s
    • Mao Zedong’s turbulent and tragic Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution
    • Deng Xiaoping’s far-reaching reforms that resulted in the dismantling of socialism and China’s dramatic economic growth
    • The triumphant hosting of the 2008 summer Olympics and China’s emergence as a world power.

Spanning the years from China's defeat in the Opium Wars to its current status as a potential superpower, the fifth edition of Modernization and Revolution in China is essential reading for courses on Modern Chinese History, Chinese Politics and Modern East Asia.

Table of Contents

1. The Middle Kingdom

2. Patterns of Traditional Chinese Life

3. Imperial Breakdown and Western Invasion

4. The New Chinese Republic

5. Nationalists and Communists

6. China at War

7. Creating the New Order 1949–1957

8. The Great Leap and the Bad Fall

9. The Cultural Revolution

10. A Second Revolution: The Reforms of Deng Xiaoping

11. The Era of Jiang Zemin

12. The Fourth Generation

13. The Era of Xi Jinping—The Fifth Generation of Chinese Leadership

Suggested Readings

About the Authors

June Grasso is Associate Professor of Social Sciences at the College of General Studies, Boston University, USA.

Jay P. Corrin is Professor of Social Sciences at the College of General Studies, Boston University, USA.

Michael Kort is Professor of Social Sciences at the College of General Studies, Boston University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 21st Century
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies