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 ofChina'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 China’s rapid march to modernity are not widely understood -- particularly, the effects of China’s meteoric rise on the nation’s many ethnic minorities. China: A Modern History is the definitive guide to this complex contemporary phenomenon.Deng Xiaoping’s 1980s policy of 'reform and opening," which saw China enter the world market, is only the most recent in a series of dramatic shifts that have transformed Chinese society over the past 150 years. China: A Modern History explores these contrasts in detail, while also highlighting the enduring values which have informed Chinese identity for millennia.Michael Dillon’s China: A Modern History is essential reading for those interested in the past, present and future course of one of the world’s great nations. Clearly and compellingly written, this will stand as the best introduction to this spectacular and still-unfinished story. ...
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China: A Modern History Reviews
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, warlord era, and invasion by Japan.Where the book is relatively brief, or at least not as detailed on other works, is the post 1949 era, which is not as detailed as Fenby's work, and there is much less study of the post Deng era, with leaders such as Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao getting only a brief mention, and the events of 1989 figure very little within this book.However, a strength of China: A Modern History is the chapter on Tibet and Xinjiang. This gives far more detail on the unease and tensions in these turbulent regions than other works have done, and one can gain a sense of sympathy for the Uyghurs and Tibetans and appreciate why there are underlying tensions.In all, a recommended book. While some may have read other studies of modern Chinese history, this one is a welcome addition to their study if they want to go further, or a less time consuming read than Fenby's longer, though superior study.But on the whole recommended, to old and new China hands alike.
This book was. Fine. It was a good introduction to the subject, though I think that the author could probably do with some post colonial theory to have a more nuanced view of that aspect of history generally. It wasn't a particularly well written book, but it was far from the worst I've ever read. It kind of falls squarely in the 'meh' category as far as the quality of the writing goes.
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.