China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know ®
China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know &#174  -     By: Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 0190659084
ISBN-13: 9780190659080
Series: What Everyone Needs to Know

Publisher's Description

In this fully revised and updated third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom and Maura Elizabeth Cunningham provide cogent answers to urgent questions regarding the world's newest superpower and offer a framework for understanding China's meteoric rise from developing country to superpower. Framing their answers through the historical legacies - Confucian thought, Western and Japanese imperialism, the Mao era, and the Tiananmen Square massacre - that largely define China's present-day trajectory, Wasserstrom and Cunningham introduce readers to the Chinese Communist Party, the building boom in Shanghai, and the environmental fallout of rapid Chinese industrialization. They also explain unique aspects of Chinese culture, such as the one-child policy, and provide insight into Chinese-American relations, a subject that has become increasingly fraught during the Trump era. As Wasserstrom and Cunningham draw parallels between China and other industrialized nations during their periods of development, in particular the United States during its rapid industrialization in the 19th century, they also predict how we might expect China to act in the future vis-à-vis the United States, Russia, India, and its East Asian neighbors.

Updated to include perspectives on Hong Kong's shifting political status, as well as an expanded discussion of President Xi Jinping's time in office, China in the 21st Century provides a concise and insightful introduction to this significant global power.

Author Bio


Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is a Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. His previous books include Global Shanghai, China's Brave New World, and Twentieth-Century China.

Maura Elizabeth Cunningham is an Associate at the University of Michigan's Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. She has written on modern Chinese history for the Wall Street Journal and the LA Review of Books.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for the first edition:

"Wasserstrom is a sure-footed guide through the thickets of China's history and the turbo-driven landscape of its current affairs. Indispensable reading." - Andrew Ross, author of Fast Boat to China: 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. Readers new to the subject couldn't start in a better place." - Urbanatomy.com


"Wasserstrom, a preeminent scholar of Chinese history, here provides a useful resource for those who want a greater understanding of the how and why of China's emergence as a global power." - Library Journal


"Wasserstrom has accomplished a remarkable feat: melding the insights from deep scholarly immersion in history with an up-to-the-minute grasp on contemporary developments in China and beyond. Written in a crisp prose...questions big and small, alarmingly complex and deceptively simple--from who Confucius was to how the Communists defeated the Nationalists and whether China was bent on world domination--are answered with aplomb and precision.... 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.'" - Haiyan Lee, Stanford University


"[China in the 21st Century] has asked most of the questions that the intelligent visitor to China will ask, and has answered them lucidly, vividly, and originally. Anyone who wants to know about the coming superpower can profit from this book." - Timothy Garton Ash, author of The File


"A remarkable feat that melds the insights from deep scholarly immersion in history with an up-to-the-minute grasp on contemporary developments in China and beyond." - Haiyan Lee, Stanford University


"A sure-footed guide through the thickets of China's history and the turbo-driven landscape of its current affairs. Indispensable reading." - Andrew Ross, author of Fast Boat to China


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