The Chinese Century is a magnificent and moving photographic chronicle of the past tumultuous century of china's history. Yale history professor Spence, a noted China expert, and his wife, Chin, who teaches intellectual and cultural history at Yale, have produced a stirring, spectacular political and social chronicle indispensable to understanding modern China.
These astonishing black-and-white images--more than 300, many of them never seen before outside China--provide a kaleidoscopic portrait of China from the late Qing dynasty through the present. Here are the last rulers of the waning empire and the revolutionaries who were to overthrow them; the warlords and capitalists who exploited the new order; the chaos of civil war and the brutality of the Japanese invasion and occupation; the Long March and the great famine; the triumph of the Red Army and the terrible cruelty and suffering of the Cultural Revolution; the depredations and downfalls of the Gang of Four; and the tragedy of Tiananmen Square.
Alongside these often shocking scenes are glorious landscapes and teeming cities, intimate portraits of Chinese men and women, townspeople and peasants, artists, writers, film stars and the country's leaders, as they have rarely been seen in the West.
The Chinese Century's spectacular array of photographs bring to life, as never before, the hidden face of China.