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Understanding China  [3rd Edition]

Understanding China [3rd Edition]

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

John Bryan Starr

Hill and Wang



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In this succinct, modest, and refreshingly forthright book--now revised and updated for the new century--Starr introduces to the uninitiated reader the background, basic data, and issues at stake in China's crisis-ridden present and future.

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.


As a first step toward understanding China, one can hardly do better than to spend some time with a good atlas. It is vital that we begin by understanding China's diversity, and a key element in that diversity is...


Praise for Understanding China [3rd Edition]

“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

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About the author

John Bryan Starr

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.

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