The breakdown of imperial China in the face of Japanese and Western encroachments
The early struggles between the ideologies and armies of Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong
China's bitter and costly war with Japan
The Chinese Communist Party’s successes during the 1950s
Mao Zedong’s turbulent and tragic Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution
Deng Xiaoping’s far-reaching reforms that resulted in the dismantling of socialism and China’s dramatic economic growth
The triumphant hosting of the 2008 summer Olympics and China’s emergence as a world power.
Spanning the years from China's defeat in the Opium Wars to its current status as a potential superpower, the fifth edition of Modernization and Revolution in China is essential reading for courses on Modern Chinese History, Chinese Politics and Modern East Asia.