A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World (review)

A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World (review) Reviews of the China Program, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. (976­993). notes . Reviewed in China Review International (Spring 2002): 2­7. 2. See Harold D. Roth, Original Tao: Inward Training (Nei-yeh) and the Foundation of Taoist Mysticism (New York: Columbia University Press, 999), reviewed in China Review International (Fall 2000): 535­538. 3. See Donald J. Munro, The Concept of Man in Early China (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 969), especially chap. 5, "The Taoist Concept of Man," pp. 7­39. Rana Mitter. A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. xix, 357 pp. Hardcover 30.00. isbn 0­9­28034­7. This accessible, engaging book for the general reader introduces the history of twentieth-century China through the lens of the "May Fourth Movement," the complex agitation that engulfed China's intellectuals in reaction to the Versailles Treaty of 99. Lest any complain that such a lens shuts out at least three quarters of the nation's population, Rana Mitter states up front that this is "a book about urban ideas." Because "urban ideas" are what interest China's ruling elites, they are what most histories focus on when relating modern China's "political, cultural and social history." http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

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Reviews of the China Program, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. (976­993). notes . Reviewed in China Review International (Spring 2002): 2­7. 2. See Harold D. Roth, Original Tao: Inward Training (Nei-yeh) and the Foundation of Taoist Mysticism (New York: Columbia University Press, 999), reviewed in China Review International (Fall 2000): 535­538. 3. See Donald J. Munro, The Concept of Man in Early China (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 969), especially chap. 5, "The Taoist Concept of Man," pp. 7­39. Rana Mitter. A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. xix, 357 pp. Hardcover 30.00. isbn 0­9­28034­7. This accessible, engaging book for the general reader introduces the history of twentieth-century China through the lens of the "May Fourth Movement," the complex agitation that engulfed China's intellectuals in reaction to the Versailles Treaty of 99. Lest any complain that such a lens shuts out at least three quarters of the nation's population, Rana Mitter states up front that this is "a book about urban ideas." Because "urban ideas" are what interest China's ruling elites, they are what most histories focus on when relating modern China's "political, cultural and social history."

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