The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution

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Penguin, Oct 28, 1982 - History - 560 pages
8 Reviews
“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.
  

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Review: The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution

User Review  - Sandra Wagner-Wright - Goodreads

Spence published Gate of Heavenly Peace in 1981. At the time, his concept of personalizing history through the people who lived it was innovative. But which people. Spence used Chinese intellectuals ... Read full review

Review: The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution

User Review  - Qmmayer - Goodreads

Spence profiles a number of important (but often lesser known) figures from recent Chinese history. They are collectively described as the revolutionaries, writers, and philosophers of the time ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 1 AROUSING THE SPIRITS
1977
CHAPTER 2 VISIONS AND VIOLENCE
1977
CHAPTER 3 WANDERINGS
1977
CHAPTER 4 THE FAR HORIZON
1977
CHAPTER 5 THE LAND OF HUNGER
1977
CHAPTER 6 EXTOLLING NIRVANA
1977
CHAPTER 7 WHOSE CHILDREN ARE THOSE?
1977
CHAPTER 8 WAKE THE SPRING
1977
CHAPTER 10 REFUGEES
1977
CHAPTER 11 RECTIFICATIONS
1977
CHAPTER 12 A NEW ORDER
1977
CHAPTER 13 THE NOISE OF THE RENEGADES
1977
SOURCES OF ILLUSTRATIONS
1972
Return to Dragon Mountain
2006
The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci
2007
Copyright

CHAPTER 9 FAREWELL TO THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS
1977

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About the author (1982)

Jonathan Spence's eleven books on Chinese history include The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Treason by the Book, and The Death of Woman Wang. His awards include a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Fellowship. He teaches at Yale University.

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