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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (30 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 113728157X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137281579
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Assuming no prior knowledge, this book provides a lively and readable introduction to the politics, economy, society and culture of contemporary China

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KERRY BROWN is Director of the China Studies Centre and Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Sydney, Australia.
 

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In 1949 China was the archetypical third world country - ruined by twenty years of civil war and foreign military aggression, politically and economically isolated from most of the rest of the world, and with just an average life-span of 35 years per citizen. Sixty years later everything has changed in possibly the greatest reversal of fortune ever experienced by one country in such a short period. This book explains how and why.

Kerry Brown is one of the West's leading interpreters of modern China and his latest book should be required reading for students and others with a non-professional interest in the second largest economy in the world. His writing style is easy to read though the amount of background information that he lines up behind his points sometimes creates unusually long sentences. He does not beat the reader over the head with graphs, charts and statistics but there are just enough of these in the book to illustrate the narrative properly. He manages to maintain a neutral though realistic tone while dealing with some of the unpleasant events that have happened there since the CCP became the government.

The book is divided in to eight chapters each of which looks at one aspect of modern China from its history, to its politics, to its economy and to its people. There are insights in each chapter that will surprise even experienced students of China - this student, for example, had not realized how the rise of China's modern economy can be traced directly to the implementation of the Household Responsibility System, with which Deng Xiaoping replaced the grossly inefficient communes of the Maoist era.
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