China's Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic, and Social Change

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Gregory Veeck
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - History - 381 pages
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A second edition of this book is now available. Despite China's obvious and growing importance on the world stage, it is often and easily misunderstood. Indeed, there are many Chinas, as this comprehensive survey of contemporary China vividly illustrates. Offering the first sustained geography of the reform era, the authors trace the changes occurring in this great and ancient nation across both time and space. Beginning with China's diverse landscapes and environments, and continuing through its formative history and tumultuous recent past, this text presents contemporary China as a product of both internal and external forces of past and present. The text traces current and future successes and challenges while placing China in its international context as a massive "developing nation" that must meet the needs of its 1.3 billion citizens while becoming a major regional and global player. Through clear prose and abundant maps and photos, China's Geography illustrates and explains the great differences in economy and culture found throughout China's many regions.
  

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Contents

Chinas Path and Progress
1
Chinas Natural Environments
15
Ancient Roots and Binding Traditions
43
The Political Geography of Emerging China A POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY FOR THE TWENTYFIRST CENTURY
77
Population and Human Resources
101
Culture and Cultural Change in Urban China
127
A Preface to Chinas Changing Economic Geography
177
Agriculture From Antiquity to Revolution to Reform
205
Urban Development in Contemporary China
233
Reform and Challenge in Chinas Industrial Sector
263
Hong Kong before and after the Return
291
Macao Macau AN EXPLORATION IN CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY
333
Taiwan
345
Index
367
About the Authors
381
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Gregory Veeck is professor of geography at Western Michigan University. Clifton W. Pannell is professor emeritus of geography at the University of Georgia. Christopher J. Smith is professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University at Albany, SUNY. Youqin Huang is assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University at Albany, SUNY.

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