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China's Revolutions in the Modern World by Rebecca E. Karl
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Jan 28, 2020 | ISBN 9781788735599

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“Rebecca Karl brings to life in wonderful detail the successive revolutionary moments that constituted modern China, illuminating their importance even when they failed to achieve their goals. Although that modern world may now be behind us, Karl shows how the modern Chinese experiments provide an essential basis for thinking revolution in our future.”
—Michael Hardt, co-author of Assembly

“How do we reckon with ‘state communism’ and the twentieth-century revolutions now that they have passed? This is not an abstract question, but a pressing concern for all those who are committed to the long struggle against capitalism during the current interregnum. Rebecca Karl’s China’s Revolutions in the Modern World underscores the centrality of China’s revolutionary experience to global modernity, and, through an analysis of China’s one and a half centuries of revolution in its many permutations, offers readers a deepened understanding of revolution itself.”
—Prof. Christopher Connery, University of California, Santa Cruz

“Karl blows away the manufactured fog that has obscured our understanding of China’s radical history. She allows us to see the patterns of serial revolution that have brought so much turmoil and innovation to modernity. Breathtaking and indispensable!”
—Andrew Ross, author of Fast Boat to China: Lessons from Shanghai and Stone Men

“It is exceedingly rare for a book to provide both a synthetic, comprehensive overview of a complex historical period and new, original perspectives for our understanding of that period: Rebecca Karl achieves just that in this clearly written and insightful volume. By investigating seven revolutionary moments, from the Taiping to 1989, Karl shows us that China’s revolutions were part and parcel of global struggles to define possible futures. Unabashedly anti-teleological, theoretically inspired, and politically engaged, China’s Revolution in the Modern World is a perfect introduction to modern China for non-specialists, an excellent teaching tool, but also a revealing read for China specialists, who will find much to think with in this volume.”
—Fabio Lanza, author of The End of Concern: Maoist China, Activism, and Asian Studies

China’s Revolutions in the Modern World is an insightful, sometimes provocative, and always readable survey of the most tu-multuous events in China’s history. Karl provides a convincing narrative of political, social, and intellectual change while offering a unique global perspective as well as nuanced discussions of gender and historiographical issues. This book would make an excellent introductory text in university undergraduate courses.”
—Peter Zarrow, author of China in War and Revolution, After Empire: The Conceptual Transformation of the Chinese State, and Educating China

“A tour de force re-narration of modern China’s revolutionary moments. Written with uncommon grace and lucidity, Karl invites readers to rethink China’s past as lived creations of the present and explorations of possible futures. A spectacular achieve-ment!”
—Ching Kwan Lee, author of The Specter of Global China

“Rebecca Karl’s masterful study of revolution in modern China shows us how revolutionary movements became thinka-ble.”
—Asad Haider, author of Mistaken Identity

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