1st Edition

Contemporary China - An Introduction

ISBN 9780415343190
Published December 24, 2008 by Routledge
312 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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"?

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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