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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Jul 27, Suzette Kunz rated it liked it. To say that this is an oversimplification of China is a huge understatement. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Wasserstrom is especially interested in noting that China is not homogenous, neither in ethnicity, or regional attitudes, or generational perspective. What Everyone Needs to Know, Jeffrey Wasserstrom provides cogent 21s to th The need to understand this global giant has never been more pressing: Within one generation, China has transformed from an impoverished, repressive state into an economic and political powerhouse.
I’m about 18 months late in reading it, so my experience is somewhat different now than it would have been then–experience and perspective under my belt. The extent to which both the U.
Framing centjry answers through the historical legacies – Confucian thought, Western and Japanese imperialism, the Mao era, and the Tiananmen Square wasseestrom – that largely define China’s present-day trajectory, Wasserstrom and Cunningham introduce readers to the Chinese Communist Party, the building boom in Thd, and chkna environmental fallout of rapid Chinese industrialization. As a whole we’ve got so much potential freedom when it comes to information about global affairs but often don’t take advantage of digging for it.
He also explains unique aspects of Chinese culture such as the one-child policy, and provides insight into how Chinese view Americans. Layout is probably the best that can be managed for the subject, and the writing is academic. On the contrary, the author has a real talent for making some quite subtle and sophisticated points in a very striking but concise manner.
This book was a waste of time. Balance Trump, th up to China, Koreas: Admittedly I cherrypicked the parts I found most interesting, but an informative read overall. The one on Cuba I read which is reviewed here on GR too is also excellent.
I for one am grateful to have this little book in hand when I greet the next round of fresh-faced undergraduates coming to my classes wishing to know something about ‘China. Good quick summary on relevant episodes of Chinese thr to understand China currently.
Lessons from Shanghai “Readers who know a fair bit about China already will be left better informed, looking at what they already knew in another light. The best part, for me at least, is when he goes over the similarities between the United States and China.
In the fully revised and updated second wassetstrom of China in the 21st Century: The Present and the Future 4. Aug 10, Tate rated it really liked it. Within one generation, China has transformed from an impoverished, repressive state into an economic and political powerhouse. Promotions Register for a free copy of Wazserstrom Essentials now.
Book review: ‘China in the 21st Century’, by Jeffrey Wasserstrom
I was intrigued because Chinese history wasn’t something I had much exposure to. Dying alone in Japan: Paperbackpages. Is it China for Dummies? There are some interesting points which are totally out of my mind. The author delivers on a big challenge: And now they have taken on the hardest question of all: He also explains unique aspects of Chinese culture such as the one-child policy, and provides insight into how Chinese view Americans.
This is an interesting, concise book. The former gives a brief – sometimes too brief – introduction to China’s history. Yoga ball murderer was a manipulative, bullying husband: This was a very good introduction to the country of China. May 04, Cynthia Bond rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This, unlike the rest of the great powers.
Book review: ‘China in the 21st Century’, by Jeffrey Wasserstrom | South China Morning Post
China is constantly in the news, yet conflicting impressions abound. Most Popular Viewed 1. Sunday, 04 August,2: Wasserstrom, a Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, is a modern Chinese social and cultural historian, with a strong interest in connecting China’s past to its present and placing both into comparative and global perspective. The rest of the book gives a nuanced perspective of China not as a homogeneous society but one that is at root more respectful of the diversity of its population in spite of the overwhelming Han majority.
Wadserstrom strength of the book lies in the fact that the author clearly strives to be objective.
In the second part of the book, Wasserstrom successfully clarifies our misconceptions about modern China by answering questions such as “why is China’s diversity overlooked? Then goes into more current history and issues that China faces today.
Wasserstrom is especially inte This book was exactly what it wanted to be – a wazserstrom condensed guide of relevant history and cultural points related to understanding China today.