David Kenley’s Modern Chinese History is a great introductory text to understanding China’s history for the last several centuries. Kenley wove together economic, political, cultural, and religious history into a short, cohesive, and thoroughly approachable book. As an ELA/Social Studies educator, this was a nice introductory resource for me. I highly recommend this book for those interested in acquiring a basic understanding of contemporary China and recent history. With such a large swath of history covered in such a short book, many of the nuances and details are lost. Regardless, Modern Chinese History is a great starting point for investigating and understanding Chinese history.
Modern Chinese History: Revised and Expanded Second Edition
|Title||Modern Chinese History: Revised and Expanded Second Edition|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Series Title||Key Issues in Asian Studies|
|Number of Pages||108 pages|
|Publisher||Association for Asian Studies|
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The second edition of Modern Chinese History provides a concise narrative of Chinese history from the period 1644 to the present. Organized around the twin themes of Chinese cosmopolitanism and exceptionalism, it can easily supplement any history, international studies, cultural studies, or Asian studies course. It can also provide valuable background information necessary to understand contemporary Chinese politics, society, and economics. General readers wanting quickly to understand the collapse of the imperial system, the rise of Communism, and the role of China in our contemporary world will welcome this eminently readable text.
The author David Kenley has taken the complicated story of Chinese history from the beginning of the Qing dynasty to current times with finesse. He shares content on government, diplomatic relations, history and key individuals that shaped China. Worth the read and a great resource.