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China A Modern History 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 ing 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 phenomenonDeng 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 millenniaMichael 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  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 themDillon's study is essentially a sweep of history from the early to mid 19th Century up to the presentAn advantage of Dillon's work is a greater insight into the uneual treaties and century of humiliation heaped upon China and the subseuent 1911 revolution warlord era and invasion by JapanWhere 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 bookHowever a strength of China A Modern History is the chapter on Tibet and Xinjiang This gives far 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 tensionsIn 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 studyBut on the whole recommended to old and new China hands alike Any writer on the modern history of China will struggle with the following1 How detailed do you want the treatise to be China is very complex and there are many stories and events The detailed the longer the book 2 How do you make readers put on the cultural lens of the Chinese It is only then that you can explain events and actions in its proper context 3 How many versions of history do you put forth As China is a communist state official sources and documents are in many cases closed Dillon does a pretty good job but this is a lengthy read But the history of modern China is a giant tapestry It will take many books for one to really understand China 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 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 suarely in the 'meh' category as far as the uality of the writing goes

  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • China A Modern History
  • Michael Dillon
  • English
  • 10 June 2016
  • 9781850435822

About the Author: Michael Dillon

Michael Dillon is a China specialist with expertise in teaching the history politics and society of the Chinese world and the Chinese language He was founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Durham where he taught courses on modern China in the Department of East Asian Studies He has a BA and PhD in Chinese Studies from Leeds University and is a Fel


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