John King Fairbank was the West's doyen on China, and this book is the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast ancient civilization. It remains a masterwork without parallel. The distinguished historian Merle Goldman brings the book up to date, covering reforms in the post-Mao period through the early years of the twenty-first century, including the leadership of Hu Jintao. She also provides an epilogue discussing the changes in contemporary China that will shape the nation in the years to come.
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Number of pages: 640
Dimensions: 235 x 162 x 30 mm
Manages to tell its sprawling, turbulent, 4,000-year story in a single volume without either losing clarity or oversimplifying its subject...Rich and fascinating. - Arnold R. Isaacs, San Francisco Chronicle
Will serve for decades to come as a standard reference and textbook. - Robert L. Worden, Washington Post Book World
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