China: a new history / John King Fairbank and Merle Goldman.—2nd. enl. ed. Introduction: Approaches to Understanding China's History. 1. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, — p. John King Fairbank was the West’s doyen on China, and this book is the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast ancient civilization. The distinguished historian Merle Goldman brings the book up. China: a new history / John King Fairbank and Merle enl. ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN (pbk.

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New Cambridge History of India series. JOHN F. RIDDICK. Central Michigan University. Fairbank, John King, and Merle Goldman. China: A New History. modern.] A HISTORY OF CHINA by. WOLFRAM EBERHARD. CONTENTS the new empire 3 Fusion of Chou and Shang 4 Limitation of the imperial power 5. China: A New History. The American Historical Review, Volume 98, Issue 5, December , This content is only available as a PDF.

He was its director from to He welcomed and funded researchers from all over the world to spend time in Cambridge and hosted a series of conferences, which brought scholars together and yielded publications, many of which Fairbank edited himself. He established the Harvard East Asian Series, which published monographs to enable students to publish dissertations, which was essential for achieving tenure. Originally intended to cover the entire history of China in six volumes, the project grew until it reached a projected 15 volumes.

Twitchett and Fairbank divided the history, with Fairbank editing volumes on modern post China, and Twitchett and others took responsibility for the period from the Qin to the early Qing dynasties. Fairbank edited and wrote parts of Volumes 10 to 15, the last of which appeared in the year after his death.

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By his grounding the study of Asia in modernization theory , Fairbank and other liberal scholars presented China as an irrational country, which needed American tutelage.

Since Fairbank rejected revolution, he condoned imperialism. A later report said a "debacle unfolded as Harvard historian and AHA president in John Fairbank literally wrestled the microphone from Zinn's hands", [18] in what Fairbank called "our briefly-famous Struggle for the Mike. On September 14, he delivered the manuscript to Harvard University Press , then returned home and suffered a fatal heart attack.

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Smith, H. Conference volumes[ edit ] John King Fairbank, ed.

John King Fairbank, ed. Ernest R. The paragraph was scrubbed page ; 2 anything touching border issues even if this meant deleting a passage from a historical source that contradicts the current CCP line while retaining a passage from the same source that supports it page Even the author's correct observation that the History of the Ming , the official history of the dynasty, places Taiwan in the section reserved for foreign countries was deleted page ; 3 anything showing Chinese people making fun of propaganda slogans page ; 4 any statistical estimate that differs from official statistics on sensitive issues was simply suppressed.

For example, the number of people who died of starvation during the Great Chinese Famine page Some 12, primary and secondary sources, reference works, journals, book chapters, journal articles, and databases are introduced in the course of the discussion compared to 9, in the fourth edition; 8, in the third edition; 4, in the second edition ; and 2, in the first edition Of the 12, resources roughly one-third are primary sources almost all Chinese and two-thirds secondary sources mainly monographs in Chinese and English, about equally divided between the two, and over works in Japanese and other languages.

Roughly 1, scholarly articles and book chapters are cited mostly in English but also in Chinese, Japanese and other languages.

A few hundred book reviews that make a substantial contribution are noted. In other words, it is a case of new wine in old bottles. Books 10—12 present pre-history and the sources chronologically by dynasty or group of dynasties sources for the first half of the twentieth century are in book Book 14 is on the history of the book in China and historical bibliography.

Boxed topics range from guanhua jokes to the influence of images of the Buddha on the depiction of Confucius; from the board game Struggling to advance in officialdom to the speed of Chinese armies and fleets; from the connections between height and power to marching in step; from tomes in tombs to tomb robbers; from why women would have spoken with much thicker dialect accents than their brothers, to an analysis of duplicate biographies in the Histories.

One series of boxes takes on the origins, history, and nature of Chinese characters. Another series gives a rundown on social history, such as coming of age and age at death. The tables include obvious data such as the dynasties of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam or the contents of major sources or reference works but also less obvious subjects from statistical analyses of the gender breakdown in the first four Histories or the amount of repetition in the Siku Quanshu to tables of extremely large and extremely small numbers; from ancient zodiacs to phases of the moon; from nautical units of measure to details of promulgated and actual weights and measures in different periods; from changes in book classification schemes Han dynasty to the present to changes in personal naming systems from the Zhou dynasty to the present; from the lexical influence of textiles to the size of steppe armies.

Changes in Typography[ edit ] Overall the changes to the Fifth edition were so extensive amounting to pages of new material that the manual had to be redesigned. The decision was made easier because one of the criticisms especially from older readers was that the light-weight typefaces used in previous English editions were difficult to read.

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Accordingly, three changes were made to the design of the Fifth edition: 1 light-weight fonts have been replaced with regular-weight fonts; 2 the main text is distinguished from bibliographic entries by using a serif font for the former and a non-serif for the latter; and 3 highlighting has been introduced: for example, boxes, are shaded in legal-pad yellow; tables in pale blue; and examples of passages censored in the Chinese translation of the manual are underlined in green.

A monumental achievement! Smith Professor Emeritus of History, Rice University quoted on the back cover of the Fifth edition Fourth edition: "For any student of China and at every level , Chinese History: A New Manual is not only a masterful scholarly endeavor, it is also happily a real page turner indeed, with captivating insights on every page.

NYR Blog. Sivin, Nathan Journal of Asian Studies. Wilkinson, Endymion Chinese History: A New Manual, 5th edition. The fifth edition is also available as an e-book on the Pleco platform.

Chinese History: A New Manual, 4th edition. ISBN ISBN 2nd edition. Nov 01, Jack Ziegler marked it as to-read Shelves: download Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To download short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

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I read the whole thing. She also provides an epilogue discussing the changes in contemporary China that will shape the nation in the years to come. Reischauer worked out a year-long introductory survey covering China and Japan and later Korea and Southeast Asia.

Yet in the decades that followed, the political ideas that had been tested and, for all their grandeur, found wanting, were never given a decent burial.