Understanding China: A Guide to China's Economy, History, and Political Culture

Understanding China: A Guide to China's Economy, History, and Political Culture


By (author) Dr John Bryan Starr

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  • Publisher: Hill & Wang
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 34mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 31 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0809016516
  • ISBN 13: 9780809016518
  • Edition: 3
  • Edition statement: 3rd
  • Illustrations note: maps, diagrams
  • Sales rank: 181,818

Product description

After ten years, John Bryan Starr has thoroughly revised and updated his classic introduction to the background of, the data about, and the issues at stake in China's present and future. In the new edition, Starr seamlessly weaves in additional material on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government's ongoing efforts to curb the influence of the Internet, and the intensifying trade disputes between the United States and China. Succinct, modest, and refreshingly forthright, "Understanding China "remains a necessary guide for the uninitiated to everything from the Chinese economy and political system, to its intellectual freedoms and human rights, to its relationship with the rest of the world.

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Author information

John Bryan Starr is a lecturer in the Political Science Department at Yale University and serves as a consultant to the Tri-State Consortium. He has served as president of both the Yale China Association and the China Institute in New York City.

Review quote

"Packed with facts and figures, but enlivened with firsthand observations . . . ["Understanding China"] provides an excellent introduction to China for anyone in search of solid but concise information about that complicated country." --Lucian W. Pye, " The New York Times Book Review"