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Contemporary China: A History since 1978

Yongnian Zheng (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-53801-2 January 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 256 Pages


Using new research and considering a multidisciplinary set of factors, Contemporary China offers a comprehensive exploration of the making of contemporary China. 

  • Provides a unique perspective on China, incorporating newly published materials from within and outside China, in English and Chinese.  Discusses both the societal and economic aspects of China’s development, and how these factors have affected Chinese elite politics
  • Includes coverage of recent political scandals such as the dismissal of Bo Xilai and the intrigue surrounding the 18th National Congress elections in late 2012
  • Discusses the reasons for—and ramifications of—the gap that exists between western perceptions of China and China itself

List of Figures and Tables vii

Series Editor’s Preface ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

1 The Maoist Legacy 1

2 Elite Politics 21

3 Economic Reform 43

4 Globalization 63

5 Civil Society 83

6 Social Discontent 101

7 Cultural Changes 121

8 De Facto Federalism 139

9 Social Policy Reform 161

10 Bureaucracy and Governance 181

11 Democratization 195

Selected Bibliography 215

Index 229

“Zheng makes a marvellous attempt at dissecting this modern anomaly for readers.  Summing Up:  Highly recommended.  All academic levels/libraries.”  (Choice, 1 December 2013)