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For two generations scholars and general readers have looked to John King Fairbank for knowledge and insights about China. In three editions of The United States and China he has provided these. In this fourth edition, enlarged, he includes a new Preface and an Epilogue that brings the book up to date through the events of 1982. He has also updated the vast bibliography an For two generations scholars and general readers have looked to John King Fairbank for knowledge and insights about China. In three editions of The United States and China he has provided these. In this fourth edition, enlarged, he includes a new Preface and an Epilogue that brings the book up to date through the events of 1982. He has also updated the vast bibliography and both indexes. This book stands almost alone as a history of China, an analysis of Chinese society, and an account of Sino-American relations, all in brief compass. The older portions of the book still sparkle, and they have been refined by the latest scholarship and the author's own observations in the People's Republic of China. And many photographs, especially chosen by John and Wilma Fairbank, show a changing land and its inhabitants.


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For two generations scholars and general readers have looked to John King Fairbank for knowledge and insights about China. In three editions of The United States and China he has provided these. In this fourth edition, enlarged, he includes a new Preface and an Epilogue that brings the book up to date through the events of 1982. He has also updated the vast bibliography an For two generations scholars and general readers have looked to John King Fairbank for knowledge and insights about China. In three editions of The United States and China he has provided these. In this fourth edition, enlarged, he includes a new Preface and an Epilogue that brings the book up to date through the events of 1982. He has also updated the vast bibliography and both indexes. This book stands almost alone as a history of China, an analysis of Chinese society, and an account of Sino-American relations, all in brief compass. The older portions of the book still sparkle, and they have been refined by the latest scholarship and the author's own observations in the People's Republic of China. And many photographs, especially chosen by John and Wilma Fairbank, show a changing land and its inhabitants.

30 review for The United States and China

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Yes this book is rather old, but as a novice student of Chinese history I found it to be an invaluable resource. It is a great starting point to familiarizing American students with Chinese culture and history.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ida Schmitt

    It is obviously a dated "old" school's book, but it's a good starter if one wants to learn about the history of the history writing about the United States and China, two great countries.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ray Du

    I read the translated version in Chinese. The translation could be better but all the in-depth analyses on China throughout its long history were really great. I probably like the United States and China better than Henry Kissinger's On China (I like them both a lot) as it is more scholastic and has more fascinating ideas and views. One of its many highlights is in the presentation of China's great on-going transition from a Confucian middle kingdom to a modern Communist society with its own man I read the translated version in Chinese. The translation could be better but all the in-depth analyses on China throughout its long history were really great. I probably like the United States and China better than Henry Kissinger's On China (I like them both a lot) as it is more scholastic and has more fascinating ideas and views. One of its many highlights is in the presentation of China's great on-going transition from a Confucian middle kingdom to a modern Communist society with its own many characteristics. According to Fairbank, it has certainly been an eventful and at times painful transition. But it is interesting to see what the future of China will be like after it complete this transition. Major powers like the United State will have to work really hard on how to handle its relations with this nation that has its own long history but recently has been reinventing itself.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hubert

    A classic in Sino-American studies, although I surmise that the introductory chapters on older Chinese (pre-1911) history are actually stronger than the later chapters which read like summaries of Foreign Affairs journal. This text goes to show the young writers out there that even in the face of new research (and ever-changing environs in China), good writing and research holds up.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I read this as part of my final year American history module (with specific focus on foreign affairs). Was certainly helpful in providing the basics for my study into the relationship between the US and China.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Mostly interesting in the context of Chinese historiography. As an actual history, parts are severely outdated and Fairbank largely just glosses over the pre-contemporary period.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Impressive in its scope and insights, even if dated. Very interesting in its place in history, though more recent portions not as well-nuanced or fluid.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Linton

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Chen

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    Keith Wheeles

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    Elisa Rice

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    Xixi Chen

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    Ruobing Sun

  29. 4 out of 5

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