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The China Reader: Rising Power

David Shambaugh

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Oxford University Press Inc
03 June 2016
History; Globalization; International relations; Development economics
The rise of China is the most significant development in world affairs in this generation. No nation in history has risen as quickly or modernized as rapidly as has China over the four decades. This sixth edition of The China Reader chronicles the diverse aspects of this transition since the late-1990s. It is comprehensive in scope and draws upon both primary Chinese sources and secondary Western analyses written by the world's leading experts on contemporary China. Perfectly suited as both a textbook for students as well as for specialists and the public alike, the volume covers the full range of China's internal and external developments.

During the past three decades China dramatically modernized its economy and taken a position as one of the two major powers in the world. Its mega-economy has skyrocketed to being the second largest in the world, and will soon surpass the United States on aggregate. The physical transformation of the country has been extraordinary to witness, with infrastructure development unparalleled in human history. Modern cities featuring futuristic architecture have literally risen from farmland across the country.

As China has developed domestically, it has also taken its place as a major power on the world stage. Whether in its relations with other powers-the United States, Russia, and European Union-with its neighbors in Asia or other countries across the world, China is now a major factor in international relations. Its businesses are "going global" and its people are establishing their footprint from Antarctica to outer space.

For all its newfound prowess, China's rise has not been a smooth process. Domestically, the nation's juggernaut economy has produced numerous negative social and environmental side-effects. Its political system remains anachronistic and authoritarian, with substantial repression. Externally, Beijing's rapid military modernization and regional territorial claims have alarmed China's neighbors. Its relationship with the United States is complex and increasingly strained. And its "soft power" remains limited.

Still, the rise of China is the story of the current era. The China Reader is a perfect window into the complexities of this historic process.
Edited by:   David Shambaugh
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   6th Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   900g
ISBN:   9780199397082
ISBN 10:   0199397082
Pages:   568
Publication Date:   03 June 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and author on contemporary China, US-China relations, and the international relations of Asia. He is presently Professor of Political Science & International Affairs and Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution.

Reviews for The China Reader: Rising Power

A one-stop shop for everything you need to know about China and its dramatic transformation over the past two decades. David Shambaugh has brought together a terrific collection of China thinkers, both well-known and newer voices, from the United States, China, and elsewhere to share their insights on the most important domestic and foreign policy issues defining the Chinese experience. --Elizabeth E. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, and co-author of By All Means Necessary China's rise makes it increasingly urgent that all of us understand China's trajectory and its impact on the rest of the world. The China Reader places us right in the middle of the key debates about those topics. It is a great resource for anyone who wants to figure out the China puzzle. --Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University In scope, speed, and significance, the rise of China challenges the ability of individuals and nations to understand and respond wisely. The sixth edition of The China Reader brings together a wide range of perspectives from China and the outside world that in one volume informs the reader, raises the big questions, and provides a broad base for objective and comprehensive understanding. --Ezra F Vogel, Harvard University, author of Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China An authoritative guide to the puzzles and controversies surrounding China's rise. Few readers, including China specialists, will fail to benefit from this fascinating volume --Andrew Walder, Stanford University There's something endearingly quaint about The China Reader, like some treasure from a bygone era that's somehow wiggled through a wormhole into the internet age. The latest China Reader is a welcome addition to the series and one that shouldn't be allowed to gather dust. -South China Morning Post'


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