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A Bitter Revolution China's Struggle with the Modern World (Paperback)
A Bitter Revolution China's Struggle with the Modern World (Paperback)
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About the Book

In this powerful new look at modern China, Rana Mitter goes back to a pivotal moment in Chinese history to uncover the origins of the painful transition from pre-modern to modern. Mitter identifies May 4, 1919, as the defining moment of China's twentieth-century history. On that day, outrage over the Paris peace conference triggered a vast student protest that led in turn to the May Fourth Movement. Just seven years before, the 2,000-year-old imperial system had collapsed. Now a new group of urban, modernizing thinkers began to reject Confucianism and traditional culture in general as hindrances in the fight against imperialism, warlordism, and the oppression of women and the poor. Forward-looking, individualistic, and embracing youth, this New Culture movement made a lasting impact on the critical decades that followed. Throughout each of the dramatically different eras that followed, the May 4 themes persisted, from the insanity of the Cultural Revolution to China's recent
romance with space-age technology.

About the Author:
Rana Mitter is Lecturer in the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of St. Cross College. In addition to many books and journal articles, Mitter has contributed to documentaries on the History Channel and is involved in a forthcoming documentary on Kublai Khan.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780192806055
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 20 mm
  • Weight: 584 gr
  • ISBN-10: 019280605X
  • Publisher Date: 25 Aug 2005
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 237 mm
  • No of Pages: 378
  • Series Title: Making of the Modern World
  • Sub Title: China's Struggle With The Modern World
  • Width: 159 mm


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