China today is never out of the news: from human rights
controversies and the continued legacy of Tiananmen Square, to
global coverage of the Beijing Olympics, and the Chinese 'economic
miracle'. It seems a country of contradictions: a peasant society
with some of the world's most futuristic cities, heir to an ancient
civilization that is still trying to find a modern identity. This
Very Short Introduction offers the reader with no previous
knowledge of China a variety of ways to understand the world's most
populous nation, giving a short, integrated picture of modern
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