China in the 21st Century

ISBN-10: 0199974969

ISBN-13: 9780199974962

Edition: 2nd 2013

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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 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 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 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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List price: $16.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/10/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.47" wide x 8.27" long x 0.57" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Author's Note
Historical Legacies
Schools of Thought
Who was Confucius?
What were Confucius's core ideas?
What was his political vision?
How important was history to Confucius?
Has Confucius always been venerated in China?
Was Confucius celebrated in his own times?
When did the ideas of Confucius gain influence?
How was Confucius viewed a century ago?
Is Confucianism a religion?
How did Confucius fare after 1949?
Why is Confucius back in favor?
How exactly has the regime used Confucius in recent years?
Did Confucianism hinder imperial China's economic development?
Does China have an indigenous "democratic" tradition?
What Is the Chinese term for democracy and what exactly does it mean?
Imperial China
What were the main early dynasties?
How did dynasties rule?
What was the "dynastic cycle?"
What were the political implications of this cyclical view?
Were all dynasties the same?
How did dynasties interact with foreign counties?
What was the Opium War?
What impact did the Opium War have?
Why did the Qing Dynasty fall?
What internal developments weakened the Qing?
What was the significance of peasant rebellions?
What was the Taiping Uprising?
Why was the 1894-1895 Sino-Japanese War so important?
What was the Boxer Rebellion?
How has this crisis been misunderstood?
How does the reputation of the crisis differ in China?
Why does this difference in views of the Boxers matter?
How did Qing rule finally end?
Is the Chinese Communist Party anew dynasty?
Revolutions and Revolutionaries
Who was Sun Yat-sen?
What happened to Sun after he became president?
What was the "Warlord era"?
What was the May 4th movement?
Who was the most important radical writer of the May 4th era?
How does the Communist Party view the May 4th era?
Why was the example of the Russian Revolution so important?
What was the First United Front?
Why was the May 30th movement important?
What was the Northern Expedition?
Who was Chiang Kai-shek?
What was the Long March?
What was the Rape of Nanjing?
How did the Communists beat the Nationalists?
What role have mass campaigns played in the People's Republic of China?
What was the Resist America, Support Korea campaign?
What was the Hundred Flowers campaign?
What happened during the Anti-Rightist campaign?
How did women fare during the first decade of the PRC?
What sort of people were Mao and his main allies?
How were Mao's writings viewed?
What was the Great Leap Forward?
What was the Cultural Revolution?
What was the Gang of Four?
Why hasn't Mao been repudiated by China's current leaders?
What is the alternative to viewing Mad as a monster?
Is Mao seen in China as someone who made errors?
How do ordinary Chinese feel about Mao?
The Present and the Future
From Mao to Now
Who was Deng Xiaoping?
Who were Deng's successors?
What exactly did Deng do?
How is Deng viewed now?
What was the Democracy Wall movement?
What is the real story of the Tiananmen Uprising?
Why hasn't the Chinese government changed its line on Tiananmen?
What effect did the fall of other Communist governments have on China?
How did China's rulers avoid falling prey to the "Leninist extinction"?
How has the government responded to protests since 1989?
Why and how has the CCP suppressed the Falun Gong movement?
Who are the Chinese dissidents now?
Who is Liu Xiaobo?
What is the role of the Internet in political dissent?
What does the digital divide mean in China?
Is the Great Firewall of China a unique structure?
Why were the 2008 Olympics such a big deal for China?
What does the handling of the Beijing Games say about today's China?
Will grand spectacles continue to be important to China?
What is the "One-Child Family" policy?
Was female infanticide encouraged to help limit population size?
Is contemporary China utterly unique?
What does China have in common with other counties?
US-China Misunderstandings
What is the most common thing Americans get wrong about China?
Why is China's diversity overlooked?
How does ethnicity come into the picture?
How important are regional divides?
How important are age divides in China?
Is China still truly an atheist state?
Is China a Big Brother state?
What is the biggest source of Chinese misunderstanding of the United States?
How do US and Chinese views on Tibet differ?
The Future
Is China bent on world domination?
How likely is a war with Taiwan?
Will China become the world's dominant economic power?
Will China, long thought of as a land of villages, soon be a land of cities?
Is China likely to become a democracy?
How will the Hu Jintao era be remembered?
How powerful is Chinese nationalism?
What kind of government will China have in a decade?
What big challenges lie ahead for the CCP?
What big issues relating to the environment and energy does China face?
Why are corruption and credibility concerns for the CCP?
How can the United States and China adjust to an era in which they are the two superpowers?
What other kinds of things do China and the United States have in common?
Is this an argument for Americans to refrain from all criticism of China?
Further Reading
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