The Gate of Heavenly Peace by Jonathan D. Spence
The Chinese and Their Revolution

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“A milestone in Western studies of China.” (John K. Fairbank)

In this masterful, highly original approach to modern Chinese history, Jonathan D. Spence shows us the Chinese revolution through the eyes of its most articulate participants—the writers, historians, philosophers, and insurrectionists who shaped and were shaped by the turbulent events of the twentieth century. By skillfully combining literary materials with more conventional sources of political and social history, Spence provides an unparalleled look at China and her people and offers valuable insight into the continuing conflict between the implacable power of the state and the strivings of China's artists, writers, and thinkers.

About Jonathan D. Spence

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Jonathan D. Spence is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught for thirty years. He has been awarded MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. The Search for Modern China won the Lionel Gelber Award and the Kiriyama Book Prize.
Published October 28, 1982 by Penguin Books. 560 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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By subtly interweaving the lives of a series of Chinese writers, Yale historian Spence (Emperor of China, The Death of Woman Wang) has given new meaning to the passage from Imperial to Communist China--and produced one of the more original and distinguished books of recent times.

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