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The Age of Openness: China before Mao

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Hong Kong's Chinese History Curriculum from 1945: Politics and Identity

Frank Dikotter

The era between empire and communism is routinely portrayed as a catastrophic interlude in China's modern history, but this book shows instead that the first half of the twentieth century witnessed a qualitatively unprecedented trend towards openness. The book argues that the years from 1900 to 1949 were characterised at all levels of society by engagement with the world, and that the pursuit of openness was particularly evident in four areas: in governance and the advance ... Read more


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