Patterns of Modern Chinese History offers a broad narrative - introductory but detailed - of the period starting with the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) to the present. With proven pedagogical features and a fluid narrative, it examines large patterns and their origins, interactions, and adaptations, providing in-depth coverage of modern Chinese history. Its versatile organization accommodates both chrological and thematic approaches. The narrative arc begins with imperial China's greatest extent of wealth and power, traces it through its downward spiral and ultimate demise, and follows its revolutions, civil wars, invasions, radical political interlude, and rise once again to world prominence.
Charles Chip Desnoyers is Professor of History at LaSalle University, where he directs the Center for Asian Studies. He is former president of the Mid-Atlantic Asian Studies Organization. Chip is co-author of the successful Oxford University Press world history textbook Patterns of World History.