Excellent – The Man Awakened from Dreams: One Man’s Life in a North China Village, 1857-1942

Based on nearly 400 volumes of Liu Da Peng’s diary and other writings recorded over 50 years, this slim book illustrates what life was like under the Manchus and under the Japanese occupation. I find this book fascinating. Harrison writes well and neatly conveyed details of everyday life in a China village in the context of momentous changes in China. Her research is thorough. I highly recommend this book.

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