By Edward J. Lazzerini
WESTPORT, CT: GREENWOOD PRESS, 1999
GREENWOOD PRESS GUIDES TO HISTORIC EVENTS
OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
197 + xix PAGES
Edward Lazzerini’s book is an important addition to the Guides to Historic Events of the Twentieth Century series published by the Greenwood Press. It provides a succinct overview of Chinese political history from the last decade of the nineteenth century to the present in a clear and crisp language which will be helpful to both students and non-specialist instructors. The author is particularly and refreshingly unorthodox in explaining Confucian China’s struggle for modernization and industrialization from the perspectives of the country’s internal dynamics. This indeed is a fresh interpretation of the history of the making of modern China in place of the stereotypical explanation emphasizing a cultural confrontation between the agrarian Orient and the technical industrial West.