In the new millennium all eyes are on China, which many believe has the potential in the near future to rise to world prominence as a political leader and an economic powerhouse. Yet several aspects of Chinese society remain an obstacle to internal growth and of deep concern to the outside world.
In Modern China Graham Hutchings offers a timely and useful reference guide to the people, places, ideas, and events crucial to an understanding of this rising power. The focus is on society and politics and their impact on both China and the world. After an introduction that discusses key themes in twentieth-century China, Hutchings provides over two hundred insightful short essays, arranged alphabetically, that cover central figures and events from Sun Yat-sen to Jiang Zemin and the Boxer Rebellion to Tiananmen Square. Included are separate entries on each province, the current political leadership, and the two colonies recently returned to Chinese control, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as trenchant essays on subjects that remain sensitive within and controversial outside China, such as religion, ethnic minorities, Tibet, Taiwan, and human rights.
Accessible and authoritative, Modern China is invaluable for anyone interested in the transformation of this ancient land into a modern power.
Hutchings’ focus on events of the 20th century provides a clean temporal boundary—a century marked by revolutionary movements and institutions, change and evolutions, all dominated by communism—the period in which China established itself as a major actor on the world stage. The author intends to create ‘neither a dictionary nor an encyclopedia,’ ‘to be authoritative rather than academic; comprehensive rather than exhaustive; enjoyable as well as enlightening.’ The result is a work that can serve as a reference resource, tempered by a recognition of the author’s deliberate use of ‘point of view’ essays… [T]he book has much value. It is an ambitious and affordable resource.
This book offers an excellent summary of many important aspects of China in the modern era. As the China correspondent for London’s Daily Telegraph for over a decade, educated at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, Hutchings has compiled a useful ‘dictionary’ of prominent people, places, policies, and political events that comprise the country’s landscape. The entries, preceded by an introduction discussing general themes, are concise and complete, simplified but not simplistic, and supplemented by helpful inserts… Highly recommended.
You could not possibly have a better guide to China than Graham Hutchings. His book—the product of years of scholarship and first-hand experience—is sharply written, perceptive, and judicious. That overworked word ‘indispensable’ is for once wholly deserved.
- 560 pages
- 5-7/8 x 8-7/8 inches
- Harvard University Press
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