Rereading Modern Chinese History is a collection of short essays on aspects of the history of the Qing dynasty, a regime dominated by Manchus that ruled China from 1644 to 1911. Using sources from that period and earlier it addresses key themes on the nature of Qing rule. These include the defeat by the British in the Opium Wars, the twin-track administration of Manchus and Han Chinese, the rise of Chinese military leaders in southern China, the purchase of office and endemic corruption, the challenge of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, and the failure of political reform. There are new insights on all the Qing emperors and the Empress Dowager Cixi, who ruled China between 1861 and 1908.
Zhu Weizheng† (1936~2012) was Professor of History at Fudan University, China. He published monographs and many articles on Chinese cultural history, Chinese intellectual history and Chinese Confucian studies.
Michael Dillon, PhD. (1976), former Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies University of Durham. Most recent books are
China: a Modern History (I.B. Tauris, 2010);
Deng Xiaoping: The Man Who Made Modern China (I.B. Tauris, 2014).
Series Editors’ Foreword
Part 1 Historical Uncertainties
Part 2 Looking Back
Part 3 On Reform or Modernisation
Part 4 The History of Opium
Part 5 Gods and Sages
Part 6 Rapidly changing times
Part 7 Problems of political reform
Part 8 Remembering the Empress Dowager Cixi
Students and others interested in the history of the Manchus and the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).