|The Search for modern China|
|Author||Spence, Jonathan D.|
|Pub. Location||New York||Publisher||W. W. Norton & Company|
|Date||1990||Phys. Desc.||xxv, 876 p.,  p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.|
|Location||Reading Room||Call Number||DS754.S65 1990|
|Jonathan D. Spence.|
I. Conquest and Consolidation -- II. Fragmentation and Reform -- III. Envisioning State and Society -- IV. War and Revolution -- V. Living in the World.
"Over four centuries of Chinese history, from the waning days of the once-glorious Ming Dynasty to Deng Xiaoping's bloody suppression of the pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, Spence fashions the astonishing story of the effort to achieve a modern China. Through the ideas and emotions of its reformist Confucian scholars, its poets, novelists, artists, and visionary students, we see one of the world's oldest cultures struggling to define itself as Chinese and modern. Through the achievements and failures of the great Qing emperors--Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong--and the dominant figures of the twentieth century--Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kaishek, Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, and Deng Xiaoping--we see an immense nation struggling to establish harmony within and autonomy in the world. And through the daily work of survival and the collective bursts of rebellion and revolution--1644, 1850, 1911, 1949--we see the Chinese people struggling to remake their lives."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 749-788) and index.