China is now poised to take a key role on the world stage, but in the early twentieth century the situation could not have been more different. By the 1920s, the world shaped over the last two thousand years by the legacy of the great philosopher Confucius was falling apart in the face of western imperialism and internal warfare. Mitter explores the resulting social turmoil and political promise, the devastating war against Japan in the 1940s, Communism and the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, and the new era of hope in the 1980s ended by the Tian'anmen uprising.In the 1960s, he began to write satirical essays rather like those in the later work of Lu Xun, which dealt with the eternal dilemma of Chinese modernization. At this time, most political discussion on Taiwan ran in grooves shaped by debatesanbsp;...
|Title||:||A Bitter Revolution|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press on Demand - 2005|