Long Peace Street: A Walk in Modern China

Author:   Jonathan Chatwin
Publisher:   Manchester University Press
ISBN:  

9781526131577


Pages:   264
Publication Date:   12 July 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Jonathan Chatwin
Publisher:   Manchester University Press
Imprint:   Manchester University Press
ISBN:  

9781526131577


ISBN 10:   1526131579
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   12 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Introduction Day one: Shougang Iron and Steel to Tiananmen 1 Capital Iron and Steel - origins - the Great Leap Forward - a bad neighbour - future plans 2 New suburbia - the city in history - the hutong - Shijingshan Amusement Park 3 Change - ring roads and the New Beijing - Great Olympics 4 Babaoshan ghosts - the cemetery - the life of Peng Dehuai - return to Hunan 5 A diversion - straightness - the road as metaphor 6 Military markings - Tomb of the Princess - new regime, new capital? - the Military Museum 7 Diaoyutai State Guesthouse - December 1980 - 'To Rebel is Justified' - Chairman Mao's dog 8 Big roofs - Capital Museum - pailou - some history 9 Muxidi Bridge - petitions and protests - May Fourth - Democracy Movement - 1976 - 1978 - 1989 - the aftermath 10 Rainbows - walls, walls, and yet again walls - breaches - New Year's Day in Xi'an - demolition - socialist core values 11 A hungry refrain - little grey streets - reform and opening-up - state owned enterprises 12 An assassination - Middle and Southern Seas - imperial pretensions - Xinhuamen - paranoia - hidden places - Mao at Zhongnanhai Day two: Tiananmen to Sihui Dong subway station 13 The middle of the Middle Kingdom - hidden tales of Tiananmen - the Great Helmsman 14 A walk to Tiananmen - into the Forbidden City - intruders 15 Four days in the Forbidden City 16 Out of the Forbidden City - scholar trees - dislocation - destruction - impressions of Beijing - going native - Legation Street today - fireworks over Tiananmen 17 The man who died twice - Wangfujing - a literary traveller - the end of the Qing - Morrison and Yuan Shikai - a sad coda - Palm Sunday in Sidmouth 18 Oriental Plaza - walking in cities - the Imperial Observatory - origins of the Chinese calendar - the Jesuits - the Republican calendar - time in modern China 19 Outside the wall - the Grand Canal and the eastern suburbs - 22nd August 1967 - all palaces are temporary palaces - Forsan et haec olim - red 20 One city - the east is rich - weird architecture - mall life - underground 21 G103 - the story of a nation - the end Epilogue Index -- .

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'Even the most dedicated flaneur has to work hard to find the charm in Chang'an Avenue, the main thoroughfare of, as Jonathan Chatwin rightly describes it, the glorious mess of Beijing . Industrial relics, bankrupt theme parks, rabbit hutch housing, paranoid Communist Party elite boltholes and Tiananmen's ghosts all loom large. But Chatwin walks the walk and, along the way dissects the street, its denizens and its enduring role in China's history and collective modern traumas. ' Paul French, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight in Peking and City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir 'Jonathan Chatwin offers a distinctive window onto Beijing's past and present by taking readers along with him on a long trek down an important thoroughfare. An appealing mix of anecdotes from a journey and digressions backward in time make Long Peace Street a novel addition to the rich literature on China's sprawling capital.' Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, coauthor of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know 'This three-dimension, moving timeline along the heart of imperial and contemporary Beijing made me want to head out the door and follow Chatwin's flaneur footsteps. Long Peace Street seamlessly blends history and reporting, shining a light on both the capital's neglected bookends and its dense core. I couldn't put it down.' Michael Meyer, author of The Last Days of Old Beijing, In Manchuria, and The Road to Sleeping Dragon -- .


'Even the most dedicated flaneur has to work hard to find the charm in Chang'an Avenue, the main thoroughfare of, as Jonathan Chatwin rightly describes it, the glorious mess of Beijing . Industrial relics, bankrupt theme parks, rabbit hutch housing, paranoid Communist Party elite boltholes and Tiananmen's ghosts all loom large. But Chatwin walks the walk and, along the way dissects the street, its denizens and its enduring role in China's history and collective modern traumas. ' Paul French, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight in Peking and City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir -- .


Author Information

Jonathan Chatwin is a writer from Birmingham, England, and author of Anywhere Out of the World, a literary biography of the traveller and writer Bruce Chatwin. He has lived in and written widely on China -- .

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