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"A remarkable achievement...vivid...fluent, graceful.... A publishing event."—Boston Globe


In this widely acclaimed history of modern China, Jonathan Spence achieves a fine blend of narrative richness and efficiency. Praised as "a miracle of readability and scholarly authority," (Jonathan Mirsky) The Search for Modern China offers a matchless introduction to China's history.

About the Author


Jonathan D. Spence (1936—2021) was Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, where he taught for more than forty years. He was 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.

Praise For…


Monumental.... History that is always lively, always concrete, always comprehensible.
— New York Times

History at its best...all in the vivid, accessible style for which the author is well known.
— Washington Post Book World


Product Details
ISBN: 9780393307801
ISBN-10: 0393307808
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 17th, 2001
Pages: 912
Language: English