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China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know

China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to KnowTitoloChina in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know
AutoreWasserstrom, Jeffrey N.
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CategoriaHistory: Asia
Political Science: Comparative Politics
RilegaturaPaperback
Dati182 p.
Anno2013
EditoreOxford University Press, USA
CollanaWhat Everyone Needs to Know (Paperback)
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Jeffrey Wasserstrom offers a fully updated and revised edition of his popular introdution to China, providing cogent answers to the most urgent questions regarding modern China, and a framework for understanding its meteoric rise.

Indice e argomenti trattati
Acknowledgmentsxi
Author's Notexv
Map
xx
Part I Historical Legacies
1
1 Schools of Thought
3
Who was Confucius?
3
What were Confucius's core ideas?
4
What was his political vision?
4
How important was history to Confucius?
5
Has Confucius always-been venerated in China?
6
Was Confucius celebrated in his own times?
7
When did the ideas of Confucius gain influence?
9
How was Confucius viewed a century ago?
10
Is Confucianism a religion?
11
How did Confucius fare after 1949?
12
Why is Confucius back in favor?
13
How exactly has the regime used Confucius in recent years?
15
Did Confucianism hinder imperial China's economic development?
18
Does China have an indigenous "democratic" tradition?
20
What is the Chinese term for democracy and what exactly does it mean?
21
2 Imperial China
23
What were the main early dynasties?
23
How did dynasties rule?
24
What was the "dynastic cycle?"
25
What were the political implications of this cyclical view?
26
Were all dynasties the same?
26
How did dynasties interact with foreign countries?
28
What was the Opium War?
29
What impact did the Opium War have?
30
Why did the Qing Dynasty fall?
31
What internal developments weakened the Qing?
31
What was the significance of peasant rebellions?
31
What was the Taiping Uprising?
33
Why was the 1894-1895 Sino-Japanese War so important?
34
What was the Boxer Rebellion?
35
How has this crisis been misunderstood?
35
How does the reputation of the crisis differ in China?
36
Why does this difference in views of the Boxers matter?
37
How did Qing rule finally end?
37
Is the Chinese Communist Party a new dynasty?
38
3 Revolutions and Revolutionaries
41
Who was Sun Yat-sen?
41
What happened to Sun after he became president?
42
What was the "Warlord era"?
42
What was the May 4th movement?
43
Who was the most important radical writer of the May 4th era?
44
How does the Communist Party view the May 4th era?
46
Why was the example of the Russian Revolution so important?
47
What was the First United Front?
47
Why was the May 30th movement important?
48
What was the Northern Expedition?
48
Who was Chiang Kai-shek?
49
What was the Long March?
50
What was the Rape of Nanjing?
52
How did the Communists beat the Nationalists?
52
What role have mass campaigns played in the People's Republic of China?
54
What was the Resist America, Support Korea campaign?
55
What was the Hundred Flowers campaign?
56
What happened during the Anti-Rightist campaign?
57
How did women fare during the first decade of the PRC?
58
What sort of people were Mao and his main allies?
59
How were Mao's writings viewed?
61
What was the Great Leap Forward?
62
What was the Cultural Revolution?
63
What was the Gang of Four?
65
Why hasn't Mao been repudiated by China's current leaders?
66
What is the alternative to viewing Mao as a monster?
68
Is Mao seen in China as someone who made errors?
69
How do ordinary Chinese feel about Mao?
69
Part II The Present and the Future
73
4 From Mao to Now
75
Who was Deng Xiaoping?
75
Who were Deng's successors?
77
What exactly did Deng do?
79
How is Deng viewed now?
79
What was the Democracy Wall movement?
80
What is the real story of the Tiananmen Uprising?
81
Why hasn't the Chinese government changed its line on Tiananmen?
84
What effect did the fall of other Communist governments have on China?
85
How did China's rulers avoid falling prey to the "Leninist extinction"?
87
How has the government responded to protests since 1989?
90
Why and how has the CCP suppressed the Falun Gong movement?
92
Who are the Chinese dissidents now?
93
Who is Liu Xiaobo?
96
What is the role of the Internet in political dissent?
97
What does the digital divide mean in China?
98
Is the Great Firewall of China a unique structure?
100
Why were the 2008 Olympics such a big deal for China?
101
What does the handling of the Beijing Games say about today's China?
102
Will grand spectacles continue to be important to China?
103
What is the "One-Child Family" policy?
104
Was female infanticide encouraged to help limit population size?
106
Is contemporary China utterly unique?
107
What does China have in common with other countries?
109
5 US-China Misunderstandings
113
What is the most common thing Americans get wrong about China?
113
Why is China's diversity overlooked?
114
How does ethnicity come into the picture?
115
How important are regional divides?
116
How important are age divides in China?
117
Is China still truly an atheist state?
118
Is China a Big Brother state?
119
What is the biggest source of Chinese misunderstanding of the United States?
122
How do US and Chinese views on Tibet differ?
123
6 The Future
127
Is China bent on world domination?
127
How likely is a war with Taiwan?
129
Will China become the world's dominant economic power?
131
Will China, long thought of as a land of villages, soon be a land of cities?
132
Is China likely to become a democracy?
134
How will the Hu Jintao era be remembered?
135
How powerful is Chinese nationalism?
136
What kind of government will China have in a decade?
137
What big challenges lie ahead for the CCP?
139
What big issues relating to the environment and energy does China face?
140
Why are corruption and credibility concerns for the CCP?
141
How can the United States and China adjust to an era in which they are the two superpowers?
144
What other kinds of things do China and the United States have in common?
147
Is this an argument for Americans to refrain from all criticism of China?
148
Notes149
Further Reading161
Index173

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