Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York Oxford University Press, ISBN ; ISBN . China in the 21st Century has ratings and 52 reviews. Ryanofthenorth said: Concise survey that hits some of the highlights of Chinese history and cul. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know by Jeffrey Wasserstrom Oxford University Press stars. Alexandre HuiBonHoa.

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He doesn’t bog the reader down with heavy details, focusing on being informative rather than be overly detailed.

The blog tracks trends in what is going on in China and how China is being written about. That would have resulted in a great reduction of blank fhe, introductory expressi An overview of recent history through a socioeconomic and politic perspective, but for a more varied range of subjects, try ” China A to Z: Wasserstrom, a Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, is a modern Chinese social and cultural historian, with a strong interest in connecting China’s past to its present and placing both into comparative and global perspective.

Book review: ‘China in the 21st Century’, by Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Shame on you Jeffrey Wasserstrom. Are mainland Chinese ruining Hong Kong or propping it up? But u need to a little of a knowledge background to understand the book. Nov 21, Graham Mulligan rated it it was ok. Lessons from Shanghai “Readers who know a chona bit about China already will be left better informed, looking at what they already knew in another light.


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China in the 21st Century by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

For anyone who wants to understand today’s China, this is a terrific place to start. These are books that as a librarian I would not hesitate to recommend to readers wanting to learn more on a topic. His work has received funding from the Charlotte W. The first half of the book attempts to present contemporary China in the context of its longer history, although the pre-Maoist history is quite weak and frankly shoddy.

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I’m looking forward to an updated edition. Trivia About China in the 21st One of the best ways to get up to speed on China today.

It’s covering a wide range of information in a relatively small space so most things don’t get too deep, but it’s a great starting place and the notes contain a bunch of suggestions for further reading based on what you’re interested in.

China in the 21st Century – Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom – Oxford University Press

However, the way questions and answers are structured makes dates and important figures confusing to follow because the events do not flow in a chronological order.

The author delivers on a big challenge: What Everyone Needs to Know is a worthwhile dasserstrom at a time when getting a grip on China’s background is vital. This man obviously does NOT know what he is talking about!! I especially liked how some of the contradictions were presented- like how the view of Confucius by the state has changed drastically over living lifetimes, or how Mao might chhina viewed internally by an every-day person vs a higher-up vs a foreigner.


China is constantly in the news, yet conflicting impressions abound. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It’s a quick, enjoyable Admittedly, I felt like I knew very little about China wasserstrim to reading this book, and because of an upcoming business trip I am in cramming mode.

Rock teh Michael Toman. Apr 27, Phil rated it it was ok Shelves: As is wassdrstrom the case respectable nonfiction, this is also quite long and often politically correct, making a minimum of information into equivocal, overly-simplistic verbal shrubbery and the occasional lukewarm joke.

A few longer descriptive pieces would have covered the same information more succinctly. He is basically showing readers that while the nations are different, they also have many things in common. Finally, but most notably, what distinguishes this book from many others is Wasserstrom’s convincing answers to the most misunderstood questions and current issues that revolve around China today. Dying alone in Japan: