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Contemporary China (Contemporary States and Societies Series) [Hardcover]

Kerry Brown
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30 Jan 2013 Contemporary States and Societies Series
China has created its own distinctive pathway to becoming one of the world's largest economies – and the country's economic and political development over the next decade will have profound implications for the rest of the world. Knowledge of contemporary China is therefore essential for anyone who seeks to understand politics, business and international affairs in the twenty-first century.

Assuming no prior knowledge, this book presents an accessible and engaging introduction to all aspects of China. Following a scene-setting chapter on the making of modern-day China, the book moves on to examine the country's political and economic structures, its society and culture, and its changing place in the world. Looking to the future, the book also considers the demographic and political challenges which China now faces. Kerry Brown shows that there is a vibrant debate within the country about what China is, in what direction it might go and what sort of power it should become.

The text is illustrated throughout with figures and tables, boxes focusing on key issues and an extensive guide to further reading and useful websites. This accessible and lively book is the ideal starting point for students and general readers who want to know more about this important country.

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (30 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137281588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137281586
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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

About the Author

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

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to modern Chna available 2 Mar 2013
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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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