China

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - History - 504 pages

Part of ABC-CLIO's Asia in Focus series, this authoritative resource is designed to help a wide variety of readers understand the complexities of the world's most populous country--a nation of ancient glory and rising importance, yet one that remains elusive and not generally well known.

Packed with recent scholarship and fascinating details, this concise, multifaceted volume offers an updated look at China's geography and history, from the political and technological dominance of the imperial period to the communist revolution and the present state. The work also vividly captures the "living" China of today--its economy, politics, and culture--with extensive coverage of topics ranging from education, languages, arts, and cuisine to industrialization, gender issues, population control efforts, and human rights controversies that have impacted the country's relationship to the global community.

 

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Contents

1 GEOGRAPHY
1
2 HISTORY
21
3 POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
67
4 THE MODERN CHINESE ECONOMY
103
5 SOCIETY
163
6 CULTURE
221
7 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
347
Glossary
373
Facts and Figures
383
Chinese Festivals and National Holidays
425
ChinaRelated Organizations
431
Annotated Bibliography
443
Thematic Index
453
Index
481
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About the author (2010)

Robert André LaFleur is professor of history and anthropology and chair of the Asian Studies program at Beloit College, Beloit, WI .

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