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The Penguin History of Modern China The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present, Third Edition

by Jonathan Fenby

The Penguin History of Modern China The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present, Third Edition Synopsis

In 1850, China was the 'sick man of Asia'. Now it is set to become the most powerful nation on earth. The Penguin History of Modern China shows how turbulent that journey has been. For 150 years China has endured as victim of oppression, war and famine. This makes its current position as arguably the most important global superpower all the more extraordinary. Jonathan Fenby's comprehensive account is the definitive guide to this remarkable transformation. 'His book is a miracle of thoroughness, truthfulness and readability - the perfect primer for a time when China is about to enter all our lives' Sunday Telegraph 'Jonathan Fenby's ... illuminating book [is] the first major history that looks at the country with the eyes of the 21st century rather than the 20th' Rana Mitter, Financial Times 'Reads like a novel and is never less than thoughtful and compassionate for the fate of a much-abused people ... [Fenby has] a journalist's eye for telling detail' Herald 'Taut, anecdote-studded ... a great introduction for a general audience, with vivid scene setting and character sketches' Michel Sheridan, Sunday Times 'For an accessible, authoritative, fair and comprehensive and well written account, this would be hard to better' BBC History 'A wonderful history of modern China and a cracking good read' Chris Patten Jonathan Fenby, CBE, has been the editor of the Observer and the South China Morning Post. His books include Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the China He Lost and Dealing with the Dragon: A Year in the New Hong Kong. He is currently Editor-in-Chief and China Editor of the analytical service, Trusted Sources.

The Penguin History of Modern China The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present, Third Edition Press Reviews

A wonderful history of modern China and a cracking good read -- Chris Patten For an accessible, authoritative, fair and comprehensive and well written account, this would be hard to better * BBC History * Taut, anecdote-studded ... a great introduction for a general audience, with vivid scene setting and character sketches -- Michel Sheridan * Sunday Times * [It] reads like a novel and is never less than thoughtful and compassionate for the fate of a much-abused people ... [Fenby has] a journalist's eye for telling detail * Herald * Jonathan Fenby's ... illuminating book [is] the first major history that looks at the country with the eyes of the 21st century rather than the 20th -- Rana Mitter * FT * His book is a miracle of thoroughness, truthfulness and readability - the perfect primer for a time when China is about to enter all our lives * Sunday Telegraph *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141988450
Publication date: 31st January 2019
Author: Jonathan Fenby
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 848 pages
Categories: Asian history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, 21st century history: from c 2000 -,

About Jonathan Fenby

Jonathan Fenby has edited the Observer, the South China Morning Post and Reuters World Service as well as holding senior positions at the Economist, Independent and Guardian. His books include Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the China He Lost, Dealing with the Dragon: A Year in the New Hong Kong, The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved, The History of Modern France andTiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today, How It Got There and Where It is Heading. He is currently Managing Partner and China Director of the analytical service Trusted Sources. He was a made a Commander of ...

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