Some Useful Sources on Modern China
- An Annotated Bibliography
Power and Politics: The Cultural dimension of Authority
Lucien W. Pye with Mary W. Pye. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press,
is a excellently-researched book delves into the traditional concepts
of power and authority in East Asia. It clearly shows that these
concepts still inform government structure in the region today.
Essential reading for those who want to understand modern Asian
Values and Human Rights: a Confucian Communitarian Perspective
William Theodore De Bary, Princeton: Harvard University Press,
author argues that while the Confucian sense of personhood differs
somewhat from the Western Libertarian concepts of the individual,
it is not incompatible with human rights, in fact it could enhance
them. This provides use with a more rounded view on the Chinese
human rights debate.
Search for Modern China
Jonathon Spence, W.W. Norton & Co, Reprint edition, 2001.
is an excellent survey of contemporary China with solid historical
backdrop in great and reasoned detail. This books chronicles the
immense changes of modern China as seen in the context of the
last 300 years. Spence is not afraid to voice his opinions in
eloquent and concise prose.
Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution
Jonathon Spence, Viking Press, 1982.
book is a description of the Chinese political and social revolution
that took place from the last days of the Empire until after the
establishment of the PRC. Spence focuses on individual ideas and
the transformation of intellectual thought during this tumultuous
period of Chinese history.
Literature of China in the Twentieth Century
Bonnie S. McDougall and Kam Louie.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 1997.
work should be a basic reference for anyone interested in Chinese
literature of the last 100 years. Divided into fiction, drama
and poetry, this concise volume discusses how each genre has developed,
the major writers, dramatists and poets and their major works.
This book will provide context for more in-depth literary study.
Ghosts, Old Dreams
Geremie Barme and Linda Jaivin (editors), Times Books, 1992.
collection of primary sources from China in the 1980s, written
by counterculture figures, dissidents, writers and others leading
up to the Tiananmen massacre of June 1989. This serves as a useful
companion piece to political analyses of the period. The voices
ring out passionately and vehemently.