This book presents a concise introduction to contemporary China. It is intended as a first book for those coming new to the subject, providing the essential information that most people need to know, without going into excessive detail. Its coverage includes the economy, society, politics and international relations; China's history, especially the twentieth century; and Taiwan and Hong Kong as well as the People's Republic of China.
The book provides an up-to-date and clear guide to the often bewildering changes which have taken place in China in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It draws on the enormous body of empirical and theoretical research that is being carried out by economists, political scientists and sociologists on contemporary China, but is itself written in non-technical and accessible language. It does not assume any previous knowledge of China and explanations of Chinese terms are provided throughout the book. It includes a map, a chronology, a glossary of Chinese terms, biographical notes on key figures, and a guide to further reading.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction 1. Land and People 2. China’s Past in the Present Part 2: The Economy 3. Economic Growth and the Changing Economy 4. Rural Economy 5. Urban and Industrial Economy 6. Banking, Finance and Foreign Trade 7. Tourism and Transport Part 3: Society 8. Rural and Urban Social Change 9. Education and Health 10. Law and Human Rights 11. Mass Media 12. Religion and Ethnic Minorities 13. Gender and Modernisation 14. Environment Part 4: Politics and International Relations 15. Government and Politics 16. Fourth Generation Leadership 17. Tibet 18. Xinjiang 19. Hong Kong 20. Taiwan 21. Western Development Programme 22. China and the World 1: Strategic Relationships 23. China and the World 2: New Neighbours to the West 24. China Rising and a "Harmonious Society"?
Michael Dillon is a frequent commentator on Chinese affairs for the BBC and other broadcasters. He was formerly Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Durham, UK, where he taught Chinese and Chinese history. His previous publications include China: A Historical and Cultural Dictionary, China's Muslim Hui Community: Migration, Settlement and Sects and Xinjiang: China’s Muslim Far Northwest (all published by Routledge and RoutledgeCurzon).
'Dillon offers a concise, thoughtful, and balanced overview of contemporary China. Recommended.' - CHOICE, November 2009