China Yesterday and To-Day

China Yesterday and To-Day

China Yesterday and To-Day

China Yesterday and To-Day

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The recent developments in China have created a demand on the part of the English-speaking public for books dealing with her historical background as well as with her present-day conditions. This handbook is one of the serious attempts to meet this growing demand. The materials contained herein have been carefully chosen and touch upon the important phases of her national life. Such being the case, the book should prove to be useful not only to students of international relations, but also to all those interested in China and in the study of her problems. In the brief space allotted to the introduction no attempt will be made to give a connected and comprehensive story of China, but rather to point out a few salient facts about the present situation in China so as to give a clear and right perspective.

In the development of social and political institutions the time element plays an important part. As an organized state China has had a practically unbroken history of more than 4000 years but as a republic she is one of the youngest, since the change of her form of government from monarchy to republic did not take place until 1911. Rome was not built in a day and a modern democracy cannot be created overnight by a revolution, but rather through a slow process of evolution. In many ways China is still going through a period of transition and readjustment, and the troubles of the period represent but the birth pains of a new republic and are likely to be overcome in the passage of time.

It must be remembered that the task involved in making the change is not the importation of a governmental scheme nor the introduction of a political panacea from . . .

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