China today is never out of the news: from human rights controversies and the continued legacy of Tiananmen Square, to global coverage of the Beijing Olympics, and the Chinese 'economic miracle'. It seems a country of contradictions: a peasant society with some of the world's most futuristic cities, heir to an ancient civilization that is still trying to find a modern identity. This Very Short Introduction offers the reader with no previous knowledge of China a variety of ways to understand the world's most populous nation, giving a short, integrated picture of modern Chinese society, culture, economy, politics and art. Readership: There is growing international interest in China: in part due to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. This book will be of use to anyone with an interest in modern China, including tourists, policymakers, business people, students, and academics. The book is a quick way to get up to speed on debates on modern China without having to tackle a lot of specialist literature.
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Rana Mitter is University Lecturer in the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of St Cross College. He is the author of The Manchurian Myth: Nationalism, Resistance and Collaboration in Modern China (California, 2000), and A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World (OUP, 2004), for which he won the title Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year 2005. The book was also runner-up for the Longman/History Today Book of the Year prize, a finalist for the British Academy Book Prize, and named by Foreign Affairs as one of five <"must-read>" Notable Books on China. He presents and comments regularly on radio and television, and his reviews and essays have appeared in the Financial Times, History Today, and London Review of Books.Revue de presse :
A brilliant essay. ( Timothy Garton, TLS)
A perfect overview for level 5 students who are not yet familiar with the workings of China - politically and socially ( Clodagh Harrington, De Montfort University)
Anyone with an interest in China, and anyone who teaches about China, knows the importance of a brief and reliable introduction to the topic of contemporary China ... This book is not only a far more reliable overview, and the product of a serious historian, but it is an immensely enjoyable read. ( David S.G. Goodman, Journal of Contemporary History)
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Description du livre Oxford Uni Press, 2008. Paperback. État : New. Modern China is a country full of contradictions: a peasant society with some of the world's most futuristic cities, the heirs to an ancient heritage striving for a modern identity. This Very Short Introduction offers a variety of ways to understand the world's most populous nation, giving a short, integrated picture of contemporary Chinese history, politics, society, and it's thriving cultural scene. Covering a range of current topics from China's economic boom, its record on freedom, and the legacy of Communism, to the Beijing Olympics, the arts, and the position of women in society, this is an indispensable starting point for anyone who needs quickly to understand the themes and controversies that have shaped China today. N° de réf. du libraire 021834