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The Resource China : a new history, John King Fairbank

China : a new history, John King Fairbank

Label
China : a new history
Title
China
Title remainder
a new history
Statement of responsibility
John King Fairbank
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Recognized for decades as the West's doyen on China, John King Fairbank here offers the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast, ancient civilization. Fairbank's masterwork, China: A New History is without parallel as a concise, comprehensive, and authoritative account of China and its people over four millennia
  • Bringing to bear sixty years of research, travel, and teaching, Fairbank weaves a richly detailed history that reaches from China's neolithic days to its troubled present. With a deft hand, he depicts a country ever-changing and yet constant in its effort to achieve a cohesive identity, an enormous and enormously complex nation perpetually balancing between the imperatives of force and the power of ideas. Here are the Chinese autocrats in their various times and guises, maintaining Confucian civility and order through---paradoxically---the perpetual threat of irrational imperial violence. Here is the intellectual class, revered for its wisdom and counsel and yet---as events from the Cultural Revolution to the massacre in Tiananmen Square demonstrate---eminently expendable. And here are China's farmers engaged in a never-ending, backbreaking attempt to tame their temperamental countryside only to face repeated famine as China's agrarian-based economy fails to develop. At the center of all stands the Chinese family, until recently the model for both obedience and tyranny in society at large
  • Fairbank traces the growth of a civilization that could embrace so many contradictions and disruptions and yet retain a strong sense of its identity. Following China's ambivalent relations with the West and with the forces of modernization, he identifies, even in the great leap forward signaled by the Communist Revolution, the assumptions that have informed Chinese society for thousands of years
  • From the influences of Buddhism through the flowering of Song China to the reforms of Deng Xiaoping, this richly illustrated history unfolds in the wise yet often unconventional style that is quintessentially Fairbank: informal, witty, magisterial, and clear. Informed by the most recent scholarly research, this delicately nuanced and broadly interpretive introduction to the Chinese people and their past will enlighten both the novice and the seasoned China-watcher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1907-1991
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fairbank, John King
Dewey number
951
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS735
LC item number
.F27 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
China
Label
China : a new history, John King Fairbank
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 435-490) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pt. 1. Rise and decline of the Imperial Autocracy -- Origins: the discoveries of archaeology -- First unification: imperial Confuncianism -- Reunification in the Buddhist age -- China's greatest age: northern and southern song -- Paradox of song China and inner Asia -- Government in the Ming dynasty -- Qing success story -- Pt. 2. Late Imperial China, 1600-1911 -- Paradox of growth without development -- Frontier unrest and the opening of China -- Rebellion and restoration -- Early modernization and the decline of Qing power -- Republican revolution, 1901-1916 -- Pt. 3. The Republic of China, 1912-1949 -- Quest for a Chinese civil society -- Nationalist revolution and the Nanjing government -- Second coming of the Chinese Communist Party -- China's war of resistance -- Civil war and the Nationalists on Taiwan -- The People's Republic of China, 1949-1991 -- Establishing control of state and countryside -- Great Leap Forward -- Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976 -- Deng Xiaoping's reforms, 1978-1988
Control code
25008188
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 519 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674116702
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91044164
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780674116702 (acid-free paper)
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1433967
Label
China : a new history, John King Fairbank
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 435-490) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pt. 1. Rise and decline of the Imperial Autocracy -- Origins: the discoveries of archaeology -- First unification: imperial Confuncianism -- Reunification in the Buddhist age -- China's greatest age: northern and southern song -- Paradox of song China and inner Asia -- Government in the Ming dynasty -- Qing success story -- Pt. 2. Late Imperial China, 1600-1911 -- Paradox of growth without development -- Frontier unrest and the opening of China -- Rebellion and restoration -- Early modernization and the decline of Qing power -- Republican revolution, 1901-1916 -- Pt. 3. The Republic of China, 1912-1949 -- Quest for a Chinese civil society -- Nationalist revolution and the Nanjing government -- Second coming of the Chinese Communist Party -- China's war of resistance -- Civil war and the Nationalists on Taiwan -- The People's Republic of China, 1949-1991 -- Establishing control of state and countryside -- Great Leap Forward -- Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976 -- Deng Xiaoping's reforms, 1978-1988
Control code
25008188
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 519 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674116702
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91044164
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780674116702 (acid-free paper)
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1433967

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