This comprehensive but concise narrative of China since the eighteenth century builds its story around the delicate relationship between central government and local communities.
- Rejects the traditional view of China as a wholly harmonious society based on principles of stability – the Unwobbling Pivot of Ezra Pound's translation of the Chinese classic Zhongyong
- Provides an original interpretation, arguing that developments can be explained through an understanding of China’s surprising swings between centralization and decentralization, between local initiative and central authoritarianism
- Serves as an introduction to the subject, while readers with a background in Chinese history will find the book offers a personal perspective and addresses long-standing interpretive issues
- Supported by a variety of timelines, maps, illustrations, and extensive notes for further reading
- Places China’s history within the context of global change
Wiley; January 2010
- ISBN 9781444319965
- Read online, or download in secure PDF format
- Title: The Wobbling Pivot, China since 1800
- Author: Pamela Kyle Crossley
About The Author
Pamela Kyle Crossley is Professor of Inner Asian, East Asian Intellectual and Chinese History at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. Her publications include The Manchus (Blackwell, 1997); A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Ideology (1999); and What is Global History? (2008). She is a past Guggenheim Fellow and was awarded the Levenson Prize from the Association for Asian Studies in 2001.