Understanding China: A Guide to China's Economy, History and Political Culture / Edition 2

Understanding China: A Guide to China's Economy, History and Political Culture / Edition 2

by Starr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809094894

ISBN-13: 9780809094899

Pub. Date: 03/14/2001

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In this succinct, modest, and refreshingly forthright book—now revised and updated for the new century—Starr introduces to the uninitiated reader the background, basic data, and issues at stake in China's crisis-ridden present and future.

The death of Deng Xioaping in February 1997, revelations about Chinese influence in our election campaigns, and

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In this succinct, modest, and refreshingly forthright book—now revised and updated for the new century—Starr introduces to the uninitiated reader the background, basic data, and issues at stake in China's crisis-ridden present and future.

The death of Deng Xioaping in February 1997, revelations about Chinese influence in our election campaigns, and Chinese eagerness to acquire advanced American technology, are only some of the developments that show how urgently we need to know and understand China better than we do. In this revised edition of his essential book, Starr focuses his shrewd attention on them all. He furnishes additional material on China's relations with Taiwan and Tibet, the transfer of Hong Kong to Chinese rule, China's nuclear weapons program, and its environmental and human rights records.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809094899
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
03/14/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tablesix
List of Mapsxi
Introduction3
IGeographical Inequalities19
IIPatterns from the Past40
IIIChina's Political System: The Party-State and the Power Grid54
IVChina's Economy: Who Owns What, Who Works Where, and Who Makes the Decisions72
VThe Chinese Armed Forces90
VISources of Rural Discontent108
VIIChina's Cities: Unemployment, Corruption, and Anomie127
VIIIThe Centrifugal Forces of Regionalism146
IXHan and Non-Han: The Divisive Forces of Ethnicity162
XThe Challenge of Environmental Degradation176
XIOne Billion Plus: Controlling Population Growth191
XIIHuman Rights and the Rule of Law204
XIIIIntellectual Freedom and Chinese Education220
XIVArtistic Freedom and China's Contemporary Culture235
XVHong Kong and Macao: The Special Administrative Regions253
XVIDemocratization on Taiwan: Model or Rival?275
XVIIChina's Foreign Relations300
Conclusion: China in the Twenty-first Century318
Bibliography327
Index349

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