At noon on the fourth Tuesday of every month, a group of unabashed amateurs and non-specifically curious convene at Bookends & Beginnings to compare thoughts on a title in Oxford University Press's "Very Short Introduction" series. This month we turn our attention to modern China. China today is never out of the news: from international finance to human rights controversies, global coverage of its rising international presence, and the Chinese "economic miracle." It seems to be a country of contradictions: a peasant society with some of the world's most futuristic cities, heir to an ancient civilization, which is still trying to find a modern identity.
This Very Short Introduction offers the reader an entry to understanding the world's most populous nation, giving an integrated picture of modern Chinese society, culture, economy, politics, and art. In this new edition, Rana Mitter addresses China's current global position, accounting for the country's growth in global significance over the past decade.