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The China reader : the reform era
Schell, Orville.
First Vintage Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Vintage Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
xx, 553 pages ; 21 cm
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DS777.55 .C4477 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Current Affairs/Asian Studies

Perhaps no nation in recent history has undergone as total a transformation as China has in the past twenty-five years. For Chinese leaders, the death of Mao Zedong, the rise of Deng Xiaoping, and unprecedented economic growth have spawned new complexities. For the country's 1.3 billion citizens, changes have been equally dramatic, from skyrocketing sales in automobiles and satellite dishes to an explosion in violent crime and drug trafficking.

The China Reader: The Reform Era is a fascinating compilation by two astute China watchers of the most important documents, articles, and statements on China from 1972 to the present. Here are the voices of the experts, from Chinese analyses of the fall of Soviet Communism to Western exposés of an ecological crisis that threatens global weather patterns into the next millennium. Here, too, are the artifacts of an era, from regulations to control Chinese cyberspace to a Party member's Orwellian justification of the military crackdown in Tiananmen Square. Authoritative and comprehensive, The China Reader is a timely guide to understanding a nation in the throes of change--a historic moment with profound implications for policy makers and markets from the Pacific Rim to Wall Street.

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Booklist Review

Few editors are better equipped to gather key documents and reportage on the past 25 years of Chinese history than Schell, dean of graduate studies in journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and Shambaugh, former editor of The China Quarterly and political science and international affairs professor at George Washington University. After a brief introduction, they open with politics within the Communist Party and outside it, capturing the voices of party leaders and reformers, as well as commentary from China scholars. An education, media, and culture section includes both internal and external analysis of how those key societal institutions are changing; sections on the economy, society, and security and foreign relations offer the same mix of positive and negative assessments of China's recent history from both within and outside China's borders. Casting a net wide enough to include both the World Bank and the Dalai Lama and issues as diverse as rural poverty and "The Battle for Cyberspace," the editors have produced a valuable library resource. --Mary Carroll