China Book Report Essay

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China Book Report




China Book Report
The book China Since 1945, written by author Stewart Ross, opens in a description of the
Chinese Empire in the 1900’s. There it describes the terrain of the Chinese lands and
thoroughly states the fact of having the Great Wall of China to keep out the barbarians at
221 B.C. The author uses a very admiring tone of the Chinese Empire and seems to think
it’s one of the very few best empires that have ever formed. In fact, Rozman states, ‘
…the cultural and scientific achievements of the Chinese had been immense, including the
invention of paper, printing and gunpowder, and the creation of the most exquisite
paintings and by most “Empire Critics” China was one of the best Civilizations around.

The author starts the book by Revolution and disintegration incident that happened in
1911, where the British and Japanese fought over control of China. Chinese prisoners were
being led away for execution during the revolution where they would be beheaded with
swords, which the author states is very popular. It mentions the presidency of Sun Yatsen
and his reforms which he could not control that he made himself in 1912. Around this
time, “warlords” took over China controlling it and ruining its economy. The author moves
on to war that involved China and its neighbors. It describes the Communist Revolution
and Mao Zedong, an the “Autumn Harvest.” The author then relates to Mao’s victory in
1945-1949 and the Japanese forces pulling out.

The author’s view toward Chinese views is very critical and then goes to analysis of the
book, but supports China. In fact, the way that this was looked upon, is that this is
actually a bunch of essays that were put together by the author that’s why his mood
changes. The only way of finding out what the author really thinks is the way of his
introduction. The author, actually, does support China and doesn’t take a prejudice side
to it. Rozman says, “Although critics sometimes critique China and its imperialistic
ways, I find it most innovating that China is superior in many of its way and its
technologies that keep us alive today are immense and should be recognized as an act of a
strong economic nation, not as a communist ‘death hole’.” He completely wants the reader
to understand that he has no offense on China, but China has an effect on itself from many
other critics. Stewart Ross on the other hand, uses China in a horrible sense or
criticism. He critiques China after 1945 in almost anyway he can. His tone doesn’t sound
biased, but after the first 10 pages, the book starts taking a negative effect towards
China. He starts the book as if it is the most intriguing country in the world, but soon
it his enthusiasm descends to a lower degree. The conclusion that the reader would be
able to see is that the actual author isn’t biased about China but about Communism, since
it affected China in every way after 1945.

The writing of the book looks as if it is directed to any American who is interested in
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