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Out of China Read Ö 5 Ü ➱ [Read] ➬ Out of China By Robert Bickers ➼ – Insolpro.co.uk SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE The extraordinary and essential story of how China became the powerful country it is today Even at the high noon of Europe's empires China managed to be SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE The eEn agonising process by which the Chinese had by the end of the th Out of Epubcentury regained control of their own country Out of China uses a brilliant array of unusual strange and vivid sources to recreate a now fantastically remote world the corrupt lurid modernity of pre War Shanghai the often tiny patches of 'extra territorial' land controlled by European powers one of which unnoticed had mostly toppled into a river the entrepôts of Hong Kong. History of China from 19th to 21st centuryRobert Bickers has written extensively about the history of China under foreign powers and the struggle to form a national identity by various regimes and nationalists Its a good read for ordinary laymen who are not well versed on the history of China but it may provoke controversy among China experts There are comprehensive accounts on foreign legations in large cities and on Cultural Revolution but accounts of Japanese invasion of the country is sparse Chinese people suffered tremendously from the invasion but in my opinion few were mentioned The battles that took the lives of millions on both sides are given a few lines I am also surprised by the scarce mentioning of activities by the Communists and the subseuent Long March to escape he Guomingtang And another economic disaster that the author wrote in a few lines was the rampant inflation that led to the victory of Mao's Communists These have greater conseuences on the migration of Chinese diaspora to South East Asia and the rest of the world Anyway the book is a good read for those studying foreign presence in China from 19th to 20th centuries

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE The extraordinary and essential story of how China became the powerful country it is today Even at the high noon of Europe's empires China managed to be one of the handful of countries not to succumb Invaded humiliated and looted China nonetheless kept its sovereignty Robert Bickers' major new book is the first to describe fully what has proved to be one of the modern era's most important stories the long oft. Although China is indisputably today among the world’s greatest powers — diplomatically economically and militarily – many Westerners are unaware of what an incredible transformation this represents in less than 70 years China’s long civil war most of it waged at the same time that China was also fighting to repel Japanese invaders ended in 1949 with the defeat of Chiang Kai Shek’s Nationalist forces But it was a poor nation its people and resources exhausted from decades of war It was also still largely a rural agriculture oriented society Under the leadership of the Communist Party and aided in the early years by the Soviet Union under Stalin China began to rapidly industrialize and urbanize achieving the kind of makeover in mere decades that took most other nations a century If we are to understand China’s deep reservations about Western — and US — motives and intentions we must be mindful of the two centuries of interactions between China and the West before our present time China is a very ancient society with around 5000 years of history and her memory runs deep Two excellent books by Robert Bickers that cover the often unhappy relations between China and the West from the early 19th century to the present day are The Scramble for China Foreign Devils in the ing Empire and Out of China How the Chinese Ended the Era of Western Domination Bickers reveals how the West in the 19th century — Great Britain being the chief offender — repeatedly insulted China by firing upon her territory occupying large portions of her coastal regions around key trading ports and forcing her to agree to commercial terms far favorable to them than to China While it is customary for nations to regard others’ diplomatic stations as representing their nations’ own soil the British — soon followed by the French the Dutch and the Americans — took over entire neighborhoods as if they were their own; Chinese streets alleyways and boulevards therein often became dangerous for Chinese ignoring posted notices warning against “trespassing” To be sure this behavior was typical of how in the latter part of the 19th century Western nations also behaved towards other nations they deemed “lesser” as they competed among themselves for commercial advantage and colonial possessions This hardly made the offenses less so in the eyes of the Chinese though In addition to the impact that trade backed up by force had on China it uickly became a magnet for another in many ways even unsettling intrusion the arrival of Christian missionaries Some of these came with similar faulty assumptions about China’s alleged “backwardness” to “save the heathen natives” still others to both share their faith and study the differences between their own societies and China’s They often had a positive impact by their habit of establishing schools for local children and interested adults and in offering health care services that clearly helped isolated areas But their proselytizing combined with their ignorance of Chinese religious practices also offended many especially when they interpreted Chinese reverence for their ancestors as a form of ido

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Out of ChinaAnd Macao and the myriad means through armed threats technology and legal chicanery by which China was kept subservient Today Chinese nationalism stays firmly rooted in memories of its degraded past the uest for self sufficiency a determination both to assert China's standing in the world and its outstanding territorial claims and never to be vulnerable to renewed attack History matters deeply to Beijing's current rulers and Out of China explains why. Robert Bickers work looks at the cultural aspects of the China throughout and after the Western domination of China I found the work to remarkable in that aspect A lot of the historical events and milestones are less significant in the book It will be disappointment to a reader to look relay on this work as sole source for the history of the period