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Modern China (Brief Insight)
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China today is never out of the news: from human rights controversies and the continued legacy of Tiananmen Square, to global coverage of the Beijing Olympics, and the Chinese economic miracle. It is a country of contradictions and transitions: a peasant society with some of the world's most futuristic cities, an ancient civilization that is modernizing as rapidly as possible, a walled-off nation that is increasingly at the center of world trade. This Very Short Introduction offers an indispensable starting point for anyone who needs to quickly know the themes and controversies that have shaped modern China. Prize-winning author and scholar Rana Mitter examines the modern history, politics, economy, and thriving cultural scene of contemporary China, and its relations with the wider world. This lively guide covers a range of social issues from the decline of footbinding and the position of women in society, to the influence of television and film, and the role of the overseas Chinese diaspora. It covers many prominent figures as well, such as the Communist leaders, the last emperors, and prominent writers and artists throughout China's history.
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This concise volume profiles modern China within historical and global contexts, from its politics to its culture. Mitter (history and politics of modern China, U. of Oxford, UK) describes China from the perspective that it is an open society and affected by the outside world; a mix of indigenous social influences and customs and external influences; and that understanding of China must also be through its communities and changes in society and culture. He also discusses key events in the country's history, its leaders and politics, its economic boom, its record on freedom, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the position of women in society, and Taiwan and Hong Kong. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
China today is rife with contradictions: its a peasant society with futuristic cities, an ancient civilization striving for a modern identity. This Brief Insight paints a succinct and integrated picture of the country and its history, politics, and culture. Covering a range of topics from Chinas economic boom and its record on freedom to the Beijing Olympics and the position of women in society, Modern China is an indispensable starting point for anyone striving to understand the worlds most populous nation.
About the Author
RANA MITTER is a lecturer on the History and Politics of Modern China at Oxford. In addition to authoring several noteworthy books, he also broadcasts regularly on television and radio.
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