China in the 21st Century

China in the 21st Century

What Everyone Needs to Know

Book - 2010
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The need to understand this global giant has never been more pressing: China is constantly in the news, yet conflicting impressions abound. Within one generation, China has transformed from an impoverished, repressive state into an economic and political powerhouse. In China in the 21stCentury: What Everyone Needs to Know, Jeffrey Wasserstrom provides cogent answers to the most urgent questions regarding the newest superpower and offers a framework for understanding its meteoric rise.Focusing his answers through the historical legacies - Western and Japanese imperialism, the Mao era, and the massacre at Tiananmen Square - that largely define China's present-day trajectory, Wasserstrom introduces readers to the Chinese Communist Party, the building boom in Shanghai, and theenvironmental fall-out of rapid Chinese industrialization. He also explains unique aspects of Chinese culture such as the one-child policy, and provides insight into how Chinese view Americans.Wasserstrom reveals that China today shares many traits with other industrialized nations during their periods of development, in particular the United States during its rapid industrialization in the 19th century. Finally, he provides guidance on the ways we can expect China to act in the futurevis-a-vis the United States, Russia, India, and its East Asian neighbors.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780195394122
Characteristics: xxii, 164 p. :,maps ;,21 cm.


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Dec 01, 2015

Very brief and informal... like getting two paragraph answers to questions in a classroom. On the other hand, that is its beneficial point - one can read just one or two pages at a time.

Mar 22, 2011

This book is a superficial study of modern China. There is not much detail here.

It begins with several chapters covering bits and pieces of China's history, but it's not clear what this contributes to the final chapters.

There is some good stuff in here, and it's worth reading but don't expect much more than a few essays.

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