Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York Oxford University Press, ISBN ; ISBN . China in the 21st Century has ratings and 52 reviews. Ryanofthenorth said: Concise survey that hits some of the highlights of Chinese history and cul. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know by Jeffrey Wasserstrom Oxford University Press stars. Alexandre HuiBonHoa.
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Even though it is only five years old, the changes in the country are amazing.
A foolproof “Chinese history for dummies” book, it clears up misconceptions and offers a prediction of the mainland’s future. He has taught and written about subjects ranging from gender to revolution, human rights to urban change. Question and answer format. It’s a quick, enjoyable read and I recommend it to anyone who would like the ‘Cliff Notes’ version of how to begin learning about the complexities of history, culture and peoples of China.
As is often the case respectable nonfiction, this is also quite long and often politically correct, making a minimum of information into equivocal, overly-simplistic verbal chins and the occasional lukewarm joke.
Aug 10, Tate rated it really liked it.
Book review: ‘China in the 21st Century’, by Jeffrey Wasserstrom | South China Morning Post
Should be an essential carry-on item for the plane trip to China-whether in a student backpack or an executive briefcase. No, too short for that– probably China for Adolescents. For example, the explanation of the Taiping Rebellion, which was the first instance of total war in modern China, is too short and touches more upon the leader, Hong Xiuquan, than the actual event.
Updated to include perspectives on Hong Kong’s shifting political status, as well as an expanded discussion of President Xi Jinping’s time in office, China in the 21st Century provides a concise and insightful introduction to this significant global power. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider.
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This is an interesting, concise book. Jul 27, Suzette Kunz rated it liked it. Chin is a great book for Chinese people to know how American think about China. I keep this book within reach at all times. The essentials of China’s history and politics are engagingly distilled in question-answer format, providing brief inn authoritative explanations of the core issues that still permeate modern Chinese society.
Yoga ball murderer was a manipulative, bullying husband: Sunday, 04 August,2: This book is an excellent primer on modern China – but when I say “primer”, I don’t mean to imply that that it is simply a “noddy” guide.
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Book review: ‘China in the 21st Century’, by Jeffrey Wasserstrom
The need to understand this global giant has never been more pressing: This book was exactly what it wanted to be – a simple condensed guide of relevant history and cultural points related to understanding China today.
Is it China for Dummies? That would have resulted in a great reduction of blank spaces, introductory expressions and book size, consequently, especially in the first half. In the final chapter, Wasserstrom presents a set of forecasts and provides insightful answers to troubling political matters surrounding China today and in the near future.
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No, too short for that– probably This was an assigned book to read before we began our stint in China as English teachers. I was intrigued because Chinese history wasn’t something I had much exposure to.
Overall, China in the 21st Century: Although limited at times, the book’s succinct information sets the basis for more focused, in-depth books on Chinese history.
The first half of the book attempts to present contemporary China in the context of its longer history, although the pre-Maoist history wasxerstrom quite weak and frankly shoddy. Wasserstrom and Cunningham have managed to pull this trick off in China in the 21st Century: As with all history, when it’s told from only wasserxtrom perspective or viewpoint you can never understand it fully.
Very open centruy, no ‘bashing’ of any nation, just plain facts and understanding of issues. You may also like. But it has some greatmostly historical, information. The former gives a brief – sometimes too brief – introduction to China’s history.
Dec 11, John Vanbrunt, rated it liked it Shelves: Not a substitute for real academic writing on contemporary China. This book presented itself as a wonderful framework which provided me a general understanding of relevant topics surrounding contemporary China, and now I can go deeper into my specific chjna of interest.
Are mainland Chinese ruining Hong Kong or propping it up? The first half focuses on the historical context; this is only partly successful in that it really doesn’t inform the reader about the true historical sweep of the Chinese story. The book could have been written in a chronological narrative to help avoid any confusion. Why hairy crab is all the craze in China Oct 18th4: Women’s Sports Jaime Schultz. Read this one twice, in fact. In China in the 21st Century: Mar 10, Matthew rated it really liked it.
Aug 28, Michelle rated it it was ok Shelves: That being said, there were times when the flow centjry questions weren’t always logical to me, but it wasn’t a big deal.
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