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Sources in Chinese History: Diverse Perspectives from 1644 to the Present ed. by David G. Atwill and Yurong Y. Atwill (review)

Sources in Chinese History: Diverse Perspectives from 1644 to the Present ed. by David G. Atwill... Reviews David G. Atwill and Yurong Y. Atwill, editors. Sources in Chinese History: Diverse Perspectives from 1644 to the Present. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Press, 2010. xxv + 400 pp. Maps, glossary, index. Paperback $60.00, isbn 978-0-13-233089-3. There are few better ways to engage the minds and imaginations of a new generation of undergraduates studying modern Chinese history than a good collection of primary documents. For the period ranging from the late Ming to the People's Republic of China (PRC), the second edition of Sources of Chinese Tradition, vol. 2 (2000), and The Search for Modern China: A Documentary Collection (1999) (hereafter, Search) have set the standard.1 The husband-and-wife team of David G. and Yurong Y. Atwill have contributed another sourcebook, one that "goes beyond the narrow boundaries of political and intellectual thought" as they explore "broad cultural, social, and ethnic trends" ( p. xix). In this undertaking, the Atwills retrace the steps Pei-kai Cheng, Michael Lestz, and Jonathan Spence took in Search to illustrate "aspects of social life, political and military problems, ethical conceptions and practice, and the inner dynamics of everyday life" (Search, p. xv). In their attempt to draw on a "broad spectrum http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Sources in Chinese History: Diverse Perspectives from 1644 to the Present ed. by David G. Atwill and Yurong Y. Atwill (review)

China Review International , Volume 19 (2) – May 7, 2012

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Reviews David G. Atwill and Yurong Y. Atwill, editors. Sources in Chinese History: Diverse Perspectives from 1644 to the Present. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Press, 2010. xxv + 400 pp. Maps, glossary, index. Paperback $60.00, isbn 978-0-13-233089-3. There are few better ways to engage the minds and imaginations of a new generation of undergraduates studying modern Chinese history than a good collection of primary documents. For the period ranging from the late Ming to the People's Republic of China (PRC), the second edition of Sources of Chinese Tradition, vol. 2 (2000), and The Search for Modern China: A Documentary Collection (1999) (hereafter, Search) have set the standard.1 The husband-and-wife team of David G. and Yurong Y. Atwill have contributed another sourcebook, one that "goes beyond the narrow boundaries of political and intellectual thought" as they explore "broad cultural, social, and ethnic trends" ( p. xix). In this undertaking, the Atwills retrace the steps Pei-kai Cheng, Michael Lestz, and Jonathan Spence took in Search to illustrate "aspects of social life, political and military problems, ethical conceptions and practice, and the inner dynamics of everyday life" (Search, p. xv). In their attempt to draw on a "broad spectrum

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