Modern China: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Feb 28, 2008 - History - 168 pages
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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 seems a country of contradictions: a peasant society with some of the world's most futuristic cities, heir to an ancient civilization that is still trying to find a modern identity. This Very Short Introduction offers the reader with no previous knowledge of China a variety of ways to understand the world's most populous nation, giving a short, integrated picture of modern Chinese society, culture, economy, politics and art. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Mitter presents a very brief history of 20th Century China and follows it with the question "Is China modern?" He breaks it into a section on economy, politics and culture. To each, his answer is ... Read full review

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When picking up this book I expected a timeline of recent Chinese history. This book delivered that but also so much more. The basic question of this book is to address the question "Is China modern ... Read full review


1 What is modern China?
2 The old order and the new
3 Making China modern
4 Is Chinese society modern?
5 Is Chinas economy modern?
6 Is Chinese culture modern?
7 Brave new China?
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Rana Mitter is University Lecturer in the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of St Cross College. He is the author of The Manchurian Myth: Nationalism, Resistance and Collaboration in Modern China (California, 2000), and A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World (OUP, 2004), for which he won the title Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year 2005. The book was also runner-up for the Longman/History Today Book of the Year prize, a finalist for the British Academy Book Prize, and named by Foreign Affairs as one of five " Notable Books on China. He presents and comments regularly on radio and television, and his reviews and essays have appeared in the Financial Times, History Today, and London Review of Books.

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