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China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know

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BY JEFFREY N. WASSERSTROM
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2010
155 PAGES
ISBN: 978-0-19-539412-2, PAPERBACK

Reviewed by Mary Cingcade

Jeffrey Wasserstrom’s book China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know tempts the reader with its intriguing title. Written in question and- answer format, the volume features 108 questions culled from questions posed over two decades by lecture audiences. Wasserstrom writes,

The goal of this book is to help normalize discussions of China . . . My aim
is to clear up sources of Western misunderstanding about China, provide
insights into issues of significance relating to it, and, above all reveal that
. . . we can arrive at a basic understanding of its nature.

 

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