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The Chinese Revolution in Historical Perspective, 2nd Edition (Hardback)
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The Chinese Revolution in Historical Perspective, 2nd Edition (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 30/01/2004
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This fully updated second edition provides a succinct and self-contained history of China. The text emphasizes the relationship between China's modern era and its past, employing a unique approach that presents the story in terms of traditional Chinese historical theories. When the West enters the scene in modern times, Schrecker fits its impact into the Chinese story, rather than the reverse, as is commonly done. This study demonstrates that traditional China was not homogeneous or changeless, thus offering a much-needed corrective to common stereotypes about other cultures that is essential for both classroom use and for the general reader. The Chinese Revolution in Historical Perspective, available here in a fully updated second edition, provides a succinct and self-contained history of China. The text emphasizes the relationship between China's modern era and its past, employing a unique approach that presents the story in terms of traditional Chinese historical theories. When the West enters the scene in modern times, Schrecker fits its impact into the Chinese story, rather than the reverse, as is commonly done. This study demonstrates that traditional China was not homogeneous or changeless, thus offering a much-needed corrective to common stereotypes about other cultures that is essential for both classroom use and for the general reader. Schrecker's approach permits a full appreciation of the connections between the contemporary scene and the Chinese past-an appreciation that is increasingly important as China moves away from typical Communist practices and returns to more traditional Chinese patterns-for example, recreating a lively entrepreneurial economy of the sort that characterized China for a thousand years. This edition brings China's story up to the present. An additional preface and map are included, along with an updated bibliography and supplemental notes. A new appendix details the traditional understanding of the key Chinese historiographical terms used in the book.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275974756
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 30 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition


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.,."a historical narrative certain to be of great value to students of politics and society. It is at once lively and engaging and theoretically sophisticated. By adopting a Chinese perspective and applying it not only to China itself but also to the interventions of the West, Schrecker opens the way for a new comparative history."-Michael Walzer The Institute for Advanced Study
"John Schrecker has neatly sabotaged the habit of shoe-horning Chinese history into categories of analysis derived from Western experience. He recasts the familiar narrative in a vocabulary drawn from old Chinese ways of understanding Chinese politicds. While retaining a social scientist's sensibility, he challenges the implicit conclusions about Chinese history that ineveitably flow from a Western frame of reference. The effect is to see it all afresh."-Ernest P. Young University of Michigan
"In this remarkably original synthesis, John Schrecker integrates Chinese and Western history in the last two hundred years. Instead of applying Western concepts of historical analysis to China, he seeks to understand modern history, both of China and of the West, through Chinese historiographical categories. The reader will appreciate not only the Chinese historiographical tradition but also the way this tradition enriches one's understanding of world history. An ambitious, much needed study."-Akira Iriye Harvard University

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