Living with Reform
China since 1989. Global History of the Present
China is huge. China is growing more powerful. Yet China remains a great mystery to most people in the West. This contemporary history, based on the latest scholarly research, offers a balanced perspective of the continuing legacy of Maoism in the lives not only of China's leaders but China's working people. It outlines the ambitious economic reforms taken since the 1980s and shows the complex responses to the consequences of reform in China today.
Cheek shows the domestic concerns and social forces that shape the foreign policy of one of the worlds great powers. His analysis will equip the reader to judge media reports independently and to consider the experience and values not only of the Chinese government but China's workers, women, and minorities.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
`Timothy Cheek offers a remarkably comprehensive and perceptive account of Chinese history in the post-Mao era.'
Maurice Meisner, University of Wisconsin at Madison
'This is a concise, systematic and illuminating introduction to the ways in which China as a complex nation-state works and is experienced by the Chinese during the tumultuous two and half decades of reform.'
Adam Yuet Chau, University of London
'Timothy Cheek provides readers with a lively introduction to the key dilemmas facing the world's most populous country.'
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, University of California
'Thought-provoking and thoroughly-argued'.
S. K. Ma, Choice