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Modern China: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Rana Mitter

February 2016

ISBN: 9780198753704

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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This Very Short Introduction addresses the themes, developments, and controversies that have shaped Modern China. Covering a range of social issues, Rana Mitter provides a contemporary view of the world's most populous nation, with a new acknowledgement of China's changing foreign policy, and its unique engagement with the internet.

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This Very Short Introduction addresses the themes, developments, and controversies that have shaped Modern China. Covering a range of social issues, Rana Mitter provides a contemporary view of the world's most populous nation, with a new acknowledgement of China's changing foreign policy, and its unique engagement with the internet.

  • Examines the modern history, politics, economy, and thriving cultural scene of contemporary China, and its relations with the wider world
  • Covers a range of social issues from the position of women in society, to the influence of television and film, and the role of the overseas Chinese disapora
  • Includes accounts of many prominent figures, such as the Communist leaders, the last emperors, and writers and artists
  • Offers a guide to the themes and controversies that have shaped modern China
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China and Director of the University China Centre, University of Oxford

Rana Mitter is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China and Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Manchurian Myth: Nationalism, Resistance, and Collaboration in Modern China (University of California Press, 2000) and A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World (OUP, 2004). His most recent book is China's War with Japan, 1937-1945 (Penguin, 2014), which won the 2014 Duke of Westminster's Medal for Military Literature, and was a 2014 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title. He is a presenter for BBC Radio 3's arts and ideas programme, Free Thinking.

Table of Contents

    1:What is modern China?
    2:The old order and the new
    3:Making China modern
    4:Is Chinese society modern?
    5:Is China's economy modern?
    6:Is Chinese culture modern?
    7:Brave new China?
    Further Reading
    References

Reviews

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