The rise of China is the most significant development in world affairs in this generation. No nation in history has risen as quickly or modernized as rapidly as has China over the four decades. This sixth edition of The China Reader chronicles the diverse aspects of this transition since the late-1990s. It is comprehensive in scope and draws upon both primary Chinese sources and secondary Western analyses written by the world's leading experts on
contemporary China. Perfectly suited as both a textbook for students as well as for specialists and the public alike, the volume covers the full range of China's internal and external developments.
During the past three decades China dramatically modernized its economy and taken a position as one of the two major powers in the world. Its mega-economy has skyrocketed to being the second largest in the world, and will soon surpass the United States on aggregate. The physical transformation of the country has been extraordinary to witness, with infrastructure development unparalleled in human history. Modern cities featuring futuristic architecture have literally risen from farmland across
As China has developed domestically, it has also taken its place as a major power on the world stage. Whether in its relations with other powers-the United States, Russia, and European Union-with its neighbors in Asia or other countries across the world, China is now a major factor in international relations. Its businesses are "going global" and its people are establishing their footprint from Antarctica to outer space.
For all its newfound prowess, China's rise has not been a smooth process. Domestically, the nation's juggernaut economy has produced numerous negative social and environmental side-effects. Its political system remains anachronistic and authoritarian, with substantial repression. Externally, Beijing's rapid military modernization and regional territorial claims have alarmed China's neighbors. Its relationship with the United States is complex and increasingly strained. And its "soft power"
Still, the rise of China is the story of the current era. The China Reader is a perfect window into the complexities of this historic process.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 568
Weight: 900 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 38 mm
Edition: 6th Revised edition
A one-stop shop for everything you need to know about China and its dramatic transformation over the past two decades. David Shambaugh has brought together a terrific collection of China thinkers, both well-known and newer voices, from the United States, China, and elsewhere to share their insights on the most important domestic and foreign policy issues defining the Chinese experience." * Elizabeth E. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, and co-author of By All Means Necessary
China's rise makes it increasingly urgent that all of us understand China's trajectory and its impact on the rest of the world. The China Reader places us right in the middle of the key debates about those topics. It is a great resource for anyone who wants to figure out the China puzzle." * Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
In scope, speed, and significance, the rise of China challenges the ability of individuals and nations to understand and respond wisely. The sixth edition of The China Reader brings together a wide range of perspectives from China and the outside world that in one volume informs the reader, raises the big questions, and provides a broad base for objective and comprehensive understanding." * Ezra F Vogel, Harvard University, author of Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
An authoritative guide to the puzzles and controversies surrounding China's rise. Few readers, including China specialists, will fail to benefit from this fascinating volume" * Andrew Walder, Stanford University