China is both the oldest and the newest of the great powers. It's hard to imagine, given China's stature in the world today, but People's Republic of China was born in 1949; the country that recently staged the most spectacular Olympics ever is only 60 years old. An ancient dynasty, a modern democracy, and a charismatic Communist have all led China for some portion of the twentieth century. You might start by finding an entry in a good print encyclopedia or by reading a short, general book on China. This will give you an overview of the subject and help you to refine your search.
Check out the starting your research project page before you begin! Possible topics in modern Chinese history include:
the Boxer Rebellion, the collapse of the Qing dynasty
Dr. Sun Yatsen and the Nationalist period
the Long March, the growth of the Communist Party
the Great Leap Forward
the Cultural Revolution
We can't fit every resource about modern China on to this list! A topic guide is just the beginning of building your bibliography.
DeFronzo, James. (2006). Revolutionary movements in world history. REF 303.64 REV A 3 volume set. Look under "Chinese Revolution" in Volume 1.
Gall, Timothy, ed. (2004). Worldmark encyclopedia of the nations: Asia and Oceania. REF 910.3 W89 v. 4
Herb, G. and Kaplan, D. ( 2008). Nations and nationalism: a global historical overview. REF 320.54 NAT 4 volume set with olive-green spines. Volume 2, pages 787-795 for overview and current bibliography.
Xiao-bin, Ji. (2003). Facts about China. REF 951 F11 2003
Britannica Online Great for pre-search and primary sources, including speeches, essays, biographies, court decisions, editorials and photos.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
General Reference Center Gold
Routledge Reference Resources
Fairbank, John King. (1986). The great Chinese revolution, 1800-1985. 951 F15 396 pages.
Green, Robert. (1999). China. 951 G82 1999 127 pages.
Lawson, Don. (1983). The Long March : Red China under Chairman Mao. 951.04 L44 181 pages.
Schoppa, R. Keith. (2004). Twentieth century China : a history in documents. 951.05 Sch8 2004 222 pages.
Biography in Context For information on famous people associated with 20th century China. Search by the person's last name.
Expanded Academic ASAP
World History In Context
SIRS Copy this subject heading: China, History, Revolutions (1911-1949) Paste it into the search field. You can modify the subject terms to fit your particular interest.
China in the 20th century Maintained by the history department at Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Exploring Chinese history Maintained by Dr, Richard Wertz, an amateur with a strong interest in Chinese history.
Internet East Asian History Sourcebook Primary sources on modern China. Scroll down to "China's Disaster: 1840-1949".
*Brainy Quote. (2008). Mao Ze Dong quotes. Retrieved 11-11-08 from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mao_zedong.html.