Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York Oxford University Press, ISBN ; ISBN . China in the 21st Century has ratings and 52 reviews. Ryanofthenorth said: Concise survey that hits some of the highlights of Chinese history and cul. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know by Jeffrey Wasserstrom Oxford University Press stars. Alexandre HuiBonHoa.

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The strength of the book lies in the This was a very good introduction to the country of China. This is an interesting, concise book. Admittedly, I felt like I knew very little about China prior to reading this book, and because of an upcoming business trip I am in cramming mode. Apr 16, Whitney rated it it was ok Recommends it for: May 04, Nancy Mackay rated it it was amazing. Aug 28, Michelle rated it it was ok Shelves: Wasserstrom and Cunningham give you all you need to know to start understanding China.

China in the 21st Century

I’m about 18 months late in reading it, so my experience is somewhat different now than it would have been then–experience and perspective under my belt. As a whole we’ve got so mu Quick, clear, and a nice general overview. Academic Skip to main content. This book does a pretty good cchina at showing you how the Chinese people feel about certain events.

I think if you want a brief history of China this is a great book. It’s a great read, comprehensive and well researched.


Concise and insightful, China in the 21st Century provides an excellent introduction to this significant global power. What Everyone Needs to Know, Jeffrey Wasserstrom provides cogent answers to the most urgent questions regarding the newest superpower and offers a framework for understanding its meteoric rise.

Dec 17, Vanessa rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was an assigned book to read before we began our stint in China as English teachers. In the final chapter, Wasserstrom presents a set of forecasts and provides insightful answers to troubling political matters surrounding China today and in the near future.

I will recommend it to all Chinese people who would like to talk about this topic with his western friends. This book is definitely a must-read if you want to learn more on this topic. This was a very good introduction to the country of China. They also explain unique aspects of Chinese culture, such as the one-child policy, and provide insight into Chinese-American relations, a subject that has become increasingly fraught during the Trump era.

Anyone who wants to know about the coming superpower can profit from this book. I read this book wassegstrom my Chinese literature class and I really enjoyed it.

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Is China likely to become a democracy? Nov 19, Luke rated it liked it Shelves: Written in a conversational tone for a US audience, it’s a quick read and perhaps a decent jumping-off point for someone who needs to learn a hcina about China in a hurry.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Wasserstrom and Maura Elizabeth Cunningham provide cogent answers to urgent questions regarding the world’s newest superpower and offer a framework for understanding China’s wasserztrom rise from developing country to superpower.


Book review: ‘China in the 21st Century’, by Jeffrey Wasserstrom | South China Morning Post

This is a good book for those who are new to China affairs, but bad for those who are already familiar with contemporary Cdntury. An excellent primer for the key terms one needs to understand China today. What Everyone Needs to Know. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, provides an essential guide for understanding how China has become what it is today.

China in the 21st Century – Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom – Oxford University Press

Aug 20, Angel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Jul 27, Suzette Kunz rated it liked it. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Starts out with a historical overview, which helped me in other aspects of my college course, and was EASY to understand.

Apr 27, Phil rated it it was ok Shelves: This is a brief overview of current issues in China, set up in a question and answer format. Overall, China in the 21st Century: Within one generation, China has transformed from an impoverished, repressive state into an economic and political powerhouse.