The Great Chinese Revolution, 1800-1985

John King Fairbank, Author HarperCollins Publishers $20.95 (396p) ISBN 978-0-06-039057-0
In a highly readable work of sound scholarship, Fairbank (a general editor of The Cambridge History of China and author of more than 20 books on China) undertakes the daunting task of integrating pre- and postrevolutionary China in a historical overview. Tracing the origins of the Communist revolution of 1949 back to the late imperial era, he claims that the roots of this triumph of Marxist ideology go deep into Chinese tradition and convincingly relegates Western influence to the periphery. He proceeds to an expert analysis of the Manchu dynasty, the warlords (who found both their ultimate expression and death knell in Chiang Kai-shek), Mao's creation of a new state and China under Deng Xiaoping. Insightful and informative, this excellent synthesis of the forces that shaped contemporary China should be basic reading for anyone interested in understanding what the author calls ""a largely unknown country seen from a great distance.'' (September 10)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
Paperback - 396 pages - 978-0-06-039076-1
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