The Penguin History of Modern China

The Penguin History of Modern China

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'China's reemergence as a global economic powerhouse has compressed into a single generation an industrial and urban revolution on a scale the world has never seen. Its transformation looks to many foreigners, and to millions of newly prosperous Chinese, like a near-miraculous escape from the agonies of its recent history - late imperial, warlord-republican and Maoist. The great merit of Jonathan Fenby's vivid account of the years since 1850 is to underline how heavily that history still weighs on the present' Rosemary Righter, The TimesThe sacred nature of the Little Red Book had less extreme parallels in the devotional reading out of Sun Yat-sena#39;s will at morning ceremonies under the KMT. ... The way Red Guards took bottles of water from beneath the Gold Water Bridge by Tiananmen Square on trips to the provinces ... The bourgeois-capitalist counterrevolutionaries were the modern equivalent of malevolent figures of tradition, anbsp;...

Title:The Penguin History of Modern China
Author: Jonathan Fenby
Publisher:Penguin UK - 2008-05-29

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