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China in the 21st Century Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

China in the 21st Century By Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

China in the 21st Century by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom


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Jeffrey Wasserstrom offers a fully updated and revised edition of his popular introdution to China, providing cogent answers to the most urgent questions regarding modern China, and a framework for understanding its meteoric rise.

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China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (R) by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

The need to understand China has never been more pressing. Within one generation, the global giant has transformed from an impoverished, repressive state into an economic and political powerhouse; yet conflicting impressions of the country and its leaders abound. In the fully revised and updated second edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, China expert Jeffrey Wasserstrom provides cogent answers to the most urgent questions regarding the 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 near Tiananmen Square-that largely define China's present-day trajectory, Wasserstrom introduces readers to the Chinese Communist Party, the building boom in Shanghai, and the environmental 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. He provides guidance on the ways we can expect China to act in the future vis-a-vis the United States, Russia, India, and its East Asian neighbors. The second edition has also been updated to take into account changes China has seen in just the past two years, from the global economic shifts to the recent removal of Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai from power. Concise and insightful, China in the 21st Century provides an excellent introduction to this significant global power.

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This rather small book serves a far larger purpose, which is to explain modern China through accessible descriptions drawn from history. Most of the questions the author addresses are intelligent and essential, and in many cases answered with lucidity, proportion and balance. * Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, *

About Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is a Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Global Shanghai, China's Brave New World, and Twentieth Century China.

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GOR012474969
9780199974962
0199974969
China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (R) by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
Used - Like New
Paperback
Oxford University Press Inc
2013-06-28
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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