China Review International: Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2007 Peter Zarrow. China in War and Revolution, 18951949. London: Routledge, 2005. xix, 395 pp. Paperback $21.99, isbn 0415364485. The Chinese Republic, the successor to the Qing dynasty and the precursor of the Peoples' Republic, is often treated as an interregnum between the imperial system and the Communist era, a brief (in Chinese history) period of confusion and failure between two great eras. This rather cavalier treatment of the period is particularly true of general histories of modern China, which tend to gloss over the forty-eight years of the Republic on the mainland. This negligence is a mistake. In the two millennia of China's history as a state, short dynasties have often been critical. The decade and a half of the Qin dynasty laid the framework for the whole empire. The three and a half decades of the Sui dynasty reunited China after three centuries of division. And the Yuan dynasty, less than a hundred years in duration, made China a part of the empire of the steppes. The Republic fits this model of a short very important era. It also contained great promise for a modern, transformed China. It
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
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