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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This is a good book for those who are new to China affairs, but bad for those who are already familiar with contemporary China. Nov 13, Marilyn rated it liked it Shelves: Since I’m heading to China in a few weeks, this was a perfect, light book to help me get prepared for the trip.

China in the 21st Century

Promotions Register for a free copy of Home Essentials now. Dec 11, John Vanbrunt, rated it liked it Shelves: The author delivers on a big challenge: For example, the explanation of the Taiping Rebellion, which was the first instance of total war in modern China, is too short and touches more upon the leader, Hong Xiuquan, than the actual event. 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.


An excellent primer for the key terms one needs to understand China today. Jul 27, Matthew Green rated it liked it.

Women’s Sports Chia Schultz. What Everyone Needs to Know is a worthwhile read at a time when getting a grip on China’s background is vital. The best part, for me at least, is when he goes over the similarities between the United States and China.

Bangkok set to sparkle Sponsored by: I think he achieves that pretty well. On the contrary, the author has a real talent for making some quite subtle and sophisticated points in a very striking but wasserstfom manner.

Even though it is only five years old, the changes in the country are amazing. These are books centurg as a librarian I would not hesitate to recommend to readers wanting to learn more on a topic. However, don’t take the author’s interpretations as gospel.

His work has received funding from wasssrstrom Charlotte W. Written in a crisp prose, What Everyone Needs to Know. Further Reading at the back of the book points to a wide selection of books that will take you a long time to get through. As is often 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.


Lessons from Shanghai “Readers who know a fair bit about China already will be left better informed, looking at what they already knew in another light.

China in the 21st Century: 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.

Wasserstrom is especially interested in noting that China is not homogenous, neither in ethnicity, or regional attitudes, or generational perspective.

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Anyways, the purpose of this book is to introduce newcomers to modern Chinese society, and it does its job. Wasserstrom and Cunningham have managed to pull this trick wassefstrom in China in the 21st Century: You are signed up.

Populist Authoritarianism Wenfang Tang. The Present and the Future 4. Then goes into more current history and issues that China faces today.