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Chinese Book List

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He's added 5 more books to this, and may add another 5 (unlikely at this point), but I've read more than half of this list already by now. The core is drawn from readings I've done over this past semester in an independent study with the professor - very useful - and the focus is on the emergence of China as a "modern" (whatever that means) nation, fully engaged with the rest of the world post 1800. My interest really ends with Nixon in the 1970s.

 

John Spence – The Search for Modern China

John Spence – The Gate of Heaven

Merle Goldman – Literary Dissent in Communist China

Hevia – English Lessons

Marie Claire Bergere – Sun Yat Sen

Mark Seldan – The Yenan Way

Jung Chang – Wild Swans

Through the Consul's Eyes

Chen Jian – China's Road to the Korean War

Daniel Bays – China Enters the 20th Century

Jian, Chen, Mao’s China and the Cold War, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina

Press, 2001.

Tuchman, Barbara W., Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45, New

York: Macmillan Co., 1971.

Wong, R. Bin, China Transformed: Historical Change and the Limits of European

Experience, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997.

Bao, Xiaolan, Holding Up More than Half the Sky: Chinese Women Garment Workers in

New York City, 1948-92, Urbana: University of Illinois, 2001.

Naquin, Susan, and Evelyn S. Rawski, Chinese Society in the Eighteenth Century, New

Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.

Spence, Jonathan D., God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong

Xiuquan, New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1996.

Esherick, Joseph W., The Origins of the Boxer Uprising, Berkeley: University of

California Press, 1987.

Diem, Bu, with David Chanoff, In The Jaws of History, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987. (Possibly Vietnam?)

Through the Narrow Gate

 

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