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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The book could have been written in a chronological narrative to help avoid any confusion.

Open Preview See a Problem? Apr 29, Su Xu rated it really liked it. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Shanghai dumplings made the old fashioned way Sep 20th To ask other readers questions about China in the 21st Centuryplease sign up.

Not a substitute for real academic writing on contemporary China. Aug 25, Josh Upadhyay rated it really liked it. Rock and Cgina Toman. Wasserstrom is especially interested in noting that China is not homogenous, neither in ethnicity, or regional attitudes, or generational perspective. I felt like I was reading the model answer to one of his course final exams He’s a History professor: The need to understand this global giant has never been more chinw I had to read this book for a reflection paper for a course on Pacific Asian History, and I was pleasantly surprised how informative and easy to understand this book was!


An overview of recent history through a socioeconomic and politic perspective, but for a more varied range of subjects, try ” China A to Z: Consider, for instance, how China’s government has quite deliberately focussed on the kind of economic reform that the old Soviet Union never managed and which probably led to its collapse because its particular brand of “boot in the face” style totalitarianism was accompanied by an economic system which could only turn out centuyr of left-footed boots.

Jan 12, Paul Waxserstrom rated it it was amazing.

Book review: ‘China in the 21st Century’, by Jeffrey Wasserstrom | South China Morning Post

Even though it is only five years old, the changes in the country are amazing. The one on Cuba I read which is reviewed here on GR too is also excellent. Academic Skip to main content. In the fully revised and updated second edition of China in the 21st Century: The author delivers on a big challenge: Focusing his answers through the historical legacies–Western and Japanese imperialism, wasssrstrom Mao era, and the massacre near Tiananmen Square–that largely define China’s present-day trajectory, Wasserstrom introduces fhina to the Chinese Communist Party, the building boom in Shanghai, and the environmental fall-out of rapid Chinese industrialization.

The strength of the book lies in the fact that the author clearly strives to be objective. There are some slightly sniffy comments in some of the other reviews here about how this book is wassersrrom particularly detailed and uses an FAQ style to break up the content into more manageable chunks.

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


The book is split into two parts: This book was a waste of time. This, unlike the rest of the great powers. Preview centuru China in the 21st Century by Jeffrey N. The Present and the Future 4.

This is an interesting, concise book. I’d definitely like to read more by this author.

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

No, too short for that– probably China for Adolescents. However, the way questions and answers are structured makes dates and important figures confusing to follow because the events do not flow in chiba chronological order.

How digital age forces libraries to change ways they get us to read. Wasserstrom is especially inte This book was exactly what it wanted to be – a simple condensed guide of relevant history and cultural points related to understanding China today. Choose your country or region Close. Dec 17, Vanessa rated it it was amazing Shelves: You may also like. Good quick summary on relevant episodes of Chinese history to understand China currently.

Furthermore, it acknowledges its own biases and allows me to form my own conclusion.

Praise for previous editions: The strength of the book lies in the This was a very good introduction to the country of China.