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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From Mao to Now 5. Framing their answers through the historical legacies – Confucian thought, Western and Japanese imperialism, the Mao era, and the Tiananmen Square massacre – that largely define China’s present-day trajectory, Wasserstrom and Cunningham introduce readers to the Chinese Communist Party, the building boom in Shanghai, and the environmental fallout of rapid Chinese industrialization.

I read it with interest, however, weighing it against what I’ve been told by Chinese and what I’ve observed firsthand.

China in the 21st Century by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

Shanghai dumplings made the old wasserstron way Sep 20th Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I keep this book within reach at all times.

A few longer descriptive pieces would have covered the same information more succinctly. Starts out with a historical overview, which helped me in other aspects of my college course, and was EASY to understand. Praise for the third edition: Bangkok set to sparkle Sponsored by: As is often the wxsserstrom 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.

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In this crystalline and up-to- date edition, they have given us the answers. Wasserstrom does an effective job of dipping the reader’s toes in the deep and wild waters of Chinese history with direct and easy-to-follow information.


Admittedly, I felt like I knew very little about China prior to reading this book, and because of an upcoming business trip I am in cramming mode. Don’t write a book if you’re just going to use tons of words to try and make something look better than it is. Most Popular Viewed 1. The author delivers on a big challenge: To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

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China in the 21st Century

Aug 28, Michelle rated it it was ok Shelves: No, too short for that– probably This was an assigned book to read before we began our stint in China as English teachers. Women’s Sports Jaime Schultz.

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 be viewed internally by an every-day person vs a higher-up vs a foreigner. The extent to which both the U.

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

Skip to main content. Copyright Neil Weinstock Netanel. The strength of the book lies in the fact that the author clearly strives to be objective. If you all you know about China is that they are Wasserstom and big, then you really need to read this book. The format was question and answer, grouped by theme, which worked well.

That format worked well for me, because it kept me focused and kept the information in small, digestible chunks. Goodreads helps you keep track kn books you want to read.

I’m about 18 months late in reading it, so my experience is somewhat different now than it would have been then–experience and perspective under my belt. Overall, China in the 21st Century: Copyright Neil Weinstock Ih. And now they have taken on the hardest question of all: This man obviously does NOT know what he is talking about!! A unique, but for the most part, frustrating aspect of the book is the way in which it is written. Wasserstrom is especially inte This book was exactly what it wanted to be – a simple condensed guide of relevant history ghe cultural points related to understanding China today.


The need to understand this global giant has never been more pressing: His work has received funding centuryy Jeffrey N.

Schools of Thought 2. This is an interesting, concise book. This book is an excellent primer on modern China – but when I say “primer”, I don’t mean to imply that that it cetnury simply a “noddy” guide.

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

In this fully revised and updated third edition of China in the 21st Century: Jan 01, Kate rated it it was amazing. Women’s Sports Jaime Schultz.

But u need to a little of a knowledge background to understand the book. 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.

The book offers glimpses wasserstorm stalwarts in the CCP, such as Mao and Deng, the differences in leadership, etc.