Historical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China - Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania and the Middle East 63 (Hardback)
  • Historical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China - Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania and the Middle East 63 (Hardback)
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Historical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China - Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania and the Middle East 63 (Hardback)

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When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seized power in October 1949 China was one of the poorest nations in the world. In fact, it was so weak it had been conquered by Japan, a country one-tenth its size, a decade earlier. Now, more than fifty years later, the People's Republic of China (PRC) is an emerging economic, political, and military superpower with the world's fastest growing economy and largest population (1.3 billion in 2005). A member of the United Nations Security Council since the early 1970s and a nuclear power, China wields enormous influence in the world community. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China contains more than 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on individual topics spanning China's political, economic, and social system along with short biographies on important figures-from politicians to writers and movie directors-who have shaped Chinese history during the period of Communist rule from 1949 to 2006. Supplementing the entries are a chronology, an introduction, charts outlining the structure of the Chinese government, and a bibliography of works in English, making this a superb resource for college and high school students needing a quick reference on contemporary China.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810853805
Number of pages: 720
Weight: 1116 g
Dimensions: 224 x 154 x 51 mm
Edition: Second Edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
It is recommended for all libraries... * American Reference Books Annual, March 2008 *
The dictionary is recommended.... * Booklist, October 1, 2007 *
Because of its breadth of coverage and the significance of its subject matter, this volume is highly recommended.... * Library Journal, 9/1/2007 *
Lawrence Sullivan's reference work is a distinguished entry in a line of English language historical dictionaries....There are no competing works on the market. Libraries with or without the first edition should strongly consider buying this revision. * American Journal of Chinese Studies *
Few know that the Socialist Education Movement of 1962-66, which advocated the implementation of the "four cleans," was a precursor to the Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1976. Probably even fewer understand the relationship between the People's Republic of China and the autonomous Tibet. Sullivan (political science, Adelphi U.) here presents a strong command of the political history of the PRC, and keeps his more than 400 entries concise and loaded with data. Sullivan includes events, people and trends in his consideration; his bibliographies are particularly good and he supplies a thorough and very helpful chronology, which also works as a cross reference to the entries. The result is sure to help high school students and general readers significantly in their search for the basics. * Reference and Research Book News, August 2007 *

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