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China-From Empire to Peoples Republic 1900-49  

China-From Empire to Peoples Republic 1900-49

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The Access to History series is the most popular and trusted series for advanced level history students, offering:

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About the book
In 1900 China was politically undeveloped and economically exploited by western colonial powers. Over the next fifty turbulent years it had rejected its imperial past, welcomed republicanism, survived Japanese occupation, witnessed civil war and embraced a Marxist revolution. These extraordinary developments are examined in this book which combines a factual narrative with up-to-date analysis of the events.

Throughout the book, key dates, terms and issues are highlighted, and historical interpretations of key debates are outlined. Summary diagrams are included to consolidate knowledge and understanding of the period, and exam-style questions and tips written by examiners provide the opportunity to develop exam skills.


  • Relevant content specific to the AS and A Level history specifications.
  • In-depth coverage of the period presented in an accessible way.
  • Exam-style questions and tips written by examiners offer support with assessment.
  • Summary diagrams throughout aid with revision of the key topics and themes.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 The End of Imperial China
The China of the Emperors
The Impact of the West
The shape of Chinese History, 1911-49
The fall of the Qing dynasty, 1900-11
The Revolution of 1911-12
Study guide
Chapter 2 The Troubled Republic, 1912-19
Reformers and revolutionaries
The Rule of Yuan Shikai, 1912-16
Sun Yatsen and the Three People’s Principles
China and Japan, 1914-19
The May 4th Movement, 1919
Study guide
Chapter 3 Warlord China, 1919-27
The Formation of the Chinese Communist Party, 1921
The Revived Guomindang
The Warlords
The GMD-CCP United Front
The Rise of Chiang Kaishek
The Northern expedition, 1924-27
Study guide
Chapter 4 Nationalist-Communist Conflict, 1927-35
The White Terror, 1927
Mao Zedong
The Jiangxi Soviet, 1928-34
The Encirclement Campaigns
The Long March, 1934-35
Study guide
Chapter 5 Nationalist China, 1936-45
The Xian Incident, 1936
Chiang Kaishek’s rule in China
The New life Movement
The Yanan Soviet, 1937-45
Study guide
Chapter 6 The Sino-Japanese war, 1937-45
Japanese designs on China
The Seizure of Manchuguo, 1931
The Japanese Occupation, 1937-45
The GMD-CCP Resistance Front
The Defeat of Japan 1945
Study guide
Chapter 7 The Chinese Civil War, 1945-49
The Breakdown of GMD-CCP Relations
The Soviet and American failures in China
Chiang Kaishek’s Strategy
Mao Zedong’s Strategy
Communist Victory, Nationalist Flight, 1949
Reasons for the Communist triumph
Study guide

About the Author(s):
Modern History Lecturer Leicester University; Best-selling Access To History author and series editor.

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