China: A Modern History
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China: A Modern History

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China's transformation in the last few decades has been perhaps the most remarkable - and most controversial - development in modern history. Barely a century removed from the struggling and out-dated Qing Empire, China has managed to reinvent itself on an unprecedented scale: from Empire, to Communist state, to hybrid capitalist superpower. Yet the full implications of Ch...more
Paperback, 520 pages
Published September 15th 2012 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2010)
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Michael Dillon's study is not as lengthy as the similar study by Jonathan Fenby, but it has it's own strengths, and can be recommended to those, like myself, who already have similar volumes of Chinese history or politics behind them.
Dillon's study is essentially a sweep of history from the early to mid 19th Century up to the present.
An advantage of Dillon's work is a greater insight into the unequal treaties and century of humiliation heaped upon China, and the subsequent 1911 revolution, warlo...more
This was a very interesting and well written book, with very interesting details about the 1820 to 1930 period but was short on good information on the post 1930 period, especially the most modern era...It is on a par with The Search for Modern China by Jonathan Spence....for the earlier part of this history.
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