In this succinct, modest, and refreshingly forthright book now revised and updated for the new century Starr introduces to the uninitiated reader the background, basic data, and issues at stake in China s crisis ridden present and future.After ten years, John Bryan Starr has thoroughly revised and updated his classic introduction to the background of, the data about, and the issues at stake in China s present and future In the new edition, Starr seamlessly weaves in additional material on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government s ongoing efforts to curb the influence of the Internet, and the intensifying trade disputes between the United States and China Succinct, modest, and refreshingly forthright, Understanding China remains a necessary guide for the uninitiated to everything from the Chinese economy and political system, to its intellectual freedoms and human rights, to its relationship with the rest of the world....
|Title||:||Understanding China: A Guide to China's Economy, History, and Political Culture|
|Number of Pages||:||509 Pages|
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Understanding China: A Guide to China's Economy, History, and Political Culture Reviews
Understanding China by John Bryan Starr, now in it's 3rd Edition, is a must read for anyone embarking on a study of China or those just wishing for a general appreciation of a country that has become the world's ongoing 'story of the day'.
An excellent, near-comprehensive guide to the state of China and it's ruling Communist Party, Starr attempts to neatly compile and analyse the problems facing both in the 1990s. Starr makes compelling arguments for many of China's difficulties, as well as it's promising points going into the 2000s. The writing is compelling and smooth, and the book is formatted in a way that opens up a natural progression through Chinese issues, starting with the most difficult to change, up to the most fickle and unpredictable. Well-argued, and broad in scope, "Understanding China" makes for an excellent introduction to the economic and political situation of the world's most populous country, despite its age in relation to the rapid change China is experiencing.
The book has some worthwhile insights and definitely conducts an interesting survey of a number of issues. However, the way the history section is described and the focus on enviornmental concerns later in the book seems imbalanced. The history section is mostly an explanation of ancient Chinese cultural values (interesting and worthwhile, but not a recount of major historic events). The focus on environmental concerns seems like a late add-on, almost obligatory for a western author from a liberal university. The environmental issues are significant in many respects, but not a dominant geopolitical concern to the Chinese.
Its a decent book for someone who is looking for background on China. The section on the autotomous regions leaves out Tibet and Inner Mongolia. Tibet is touched on briefly in some chapters but not in depth. The information is a bit dated and this edition was printed in 2010.
Very informative, interesting book. I have read many books about China, but this one included much information that I had never seen before. This book is a "must read' for anyone living, or working in China, who wants to understand in better!
Seems to be a practical, fairly non-biased view of China, it strengths, weaknesses, and how it is governed. For good or bad, China as a world economic power is not going away. Books like this one should help us to better understand 'where China is coming from'.
Very informative on many levels. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to understand the mind of the Chinese people.