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


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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.

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Derived from a course on contemporary Chinese politics taught at Yale (where he was head of Yale's China Association; Starr is now director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown U.), this revised edition of the 1997 text offers an overview of the geography, political systems, power structure and economic makeup of China before turning to problem areas such as environmental pollution, ethnic separatism, population growth, urban and rural concerns. China's relations with Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, and its broader economic, political, and strategic relations round out this study, which is supplemented with maps and tables.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [327]-347) and index.

About the Author

John Bryan Starr, who served as President of both the Yale China Association and the China Institute in New York City, and as managing director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform in Providence, Rhode Island, is now Executive Director of the Tri-State Consortium. In addition, he serves as Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Education at Brown University. The author of many articles and books on China, including Ideology and Culture and Continuing the Revolution: The Political Thought of Mao, and editor of The Future of U.S.-China Relations, he has taught at the University of California, Yale, and Dartmouth. He lives in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Product Details

A Guide to China's Economy, History, and Political Culture
Starr, John Bryan
Hill and Wang
New York
Politics and government
Asia - China
General Political Science
China--Politics and government--1976-2002
Edition Description:
Revised, Update
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
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Maps, Graphs, Tables, Bibliography, Inde
8.25 x 5.50 in

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