The Chinese Century: A Photographic History

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China's 20th-century has been marked by a succession of tumultous events including the Boxer rebellion, Japanese invasion and occupation, and the Tiananmen Square massacre. This record of the Chinese century includes photographs from official archives and private collections with accompanying text.

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THE CHINESE CENTURY is a remarkable and powerful record of a nation and its people, a unique evocation of one of the most dramatic and tragic countries on earth.

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'The Chinese Century' is a magnificent and moving photographic chronicle of the past tumultuous century of China's history. It brings together nearly three hundred stunning photographs, most of them never before published outside China, and an authoritative and accessible text by Jonathan Spence and Annping Chin. Drawn from private collections, recently opened historical archives throughout China, Taiwan and elsewhere, and the work of several outstanding contemporary Chinese photojournalists, the book's spectacular array of photographs bring to life, as never before, the hidden face of China.

Here are the last rulers of the waning empire and the revolutionaries who were to overthrow them; the warlords and capitalists who exploited the new order; the chaos of civil war and the brutality of Japanese invasion and occupation; the Long March and the great famine; the triumph of the Red Army and the terrible cruelty and suffering of the Cultural Revolution; the depredations and downfall of the Gang of Four; and the tragedy of Tiananmen Square.

Alongside these often shocking scenes are glorious landscapes and teeming cities, intimate portraits of Chinese men and women, townspeople and peasants, artists, writers, film stars and the country's leaders, as they have rarely been seen in the West.

'The Chinese Century' is a remarkable and powerful record of a nation and its people, a unique evocation of one of the most dramatic and tragic countries on earth.

Annping Chin was born in Taiwan of mainland Chinese parents, and moved to America when she was eleven years old. She teaches the intellectual and cultural history of China at Yale, and is the author of 'Children of China: Voices from Recent Years' and ' Tai Chen on Mencius'.

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