Understanding China by John Bryan Starr
A Guide to China's Culture, Economy, and Political Structure

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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.


About John Bryan Starr

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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.
Published August 31, 2010 by Hill and Wang. 448 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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With a thorough examination of China's inadequate infrastructure, Starr (Continuing the Revolution) casts doubt on widespread opinions forecasting that the country will be the world's dominant military and economic superpower in the 21st century.

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For while Grotius codified the Western definition of statehood, and the coexistence of nation-states in rough equality, Confucius defined his ideal world in vertical terms, governed by highly centralized (Chinese) power.

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