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The Chinese Revolution
Lazzerini, Edward J.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xx, 197 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1470 Lexile.
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DS774 .L39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Chinese Revolution is long in the making, an unfolding process that has spanned most of the twentieth century. This comprehensive and ready-reference guide will help students and interested readers to understand the process and the events that have contributed to the ongoing revolution in the most populous nation on earth. Seven essays provide information and analysis of the revolution from the first decades of this century through 1998. Ready-reference components include lengthy biographical sketches of the seventeen most important and influential leaders in twentieth-century Chinese history, and the text of nine primary documents provides direct access to their words, which shaped the Revolution. A timeline of significant events, a glossary of selected terms, and an annotated bibliography of suggested reading for students add value to the guide.

The first essay puts the Chinese Revolution into the context of Chinese culture and practice, especially in light of Confucian teaching, and examines national and international events that contributed to the Revolution. Five essays examine specific aspects of the Chinese Revolution: the thought of Mao Zedong; the political philosophy of Deng Xiaoping; the multiethnic character of China; China's relations with the United States and the Soviet Union; and China's interest in Hong Kong and Taiwan. A concluding essay assesses the consequences of the Chinese Revolution. The essays, biographical sketches, primary documents, timeline, and annotated bibliography all contribute to this comprehensive yet accessible student's guide.

Author Notes

EDWARD J. LAZZERINI is Professor of History at the University of New Orleans.

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Booklist Review

This title from the Guides to Historic Events of the Twentieth Century series offers biographies, primary documents, and an annotated bibliography, in addition to background information.

Table of Contents

Series ForewordRandall M. Miller
The Chinese Revolution Explained
The Chinese Revolution: An Overview Basic Features of Mao Zedong
Thought Redirecting the Revolution: The Reform Ideology of Deng Xiaoping One Nation
Many Peoples: Han and Non-Han in the Making of the PRC
Enemies and Friends: China, the Soviet Union, and the United States
Greater China: The PRC, Hong Kong, and Taiwan
Interpreting China's Revolution: Impact and Consequences
Biographies: The Personalities Behind the Chinese Revolution
Primary Documents of the Chinese Revolution
Glossary of Selected Terms Annotated