China's Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic, and Social Change (Changing Regions in a Global Context: New Perspectives in Regional Geography Ser)

China's Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic, and Social Change (Changing Regions in a Global Context: New Perspectives in Regional Geography Ser)

Gregory Veeck, Youqin Huang

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 0742567834

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Despite China's obvious and growing importance on the world stage, it is often and easily misunderstood. Indeed, there are many Chinas, as this comprehensive survey of contemporary China vividly illustrates. Now in a thoroughly revised and updated edition that offers the only sustained geography of the reform era, this book traces the changes occurring in this powerful and ancient nation across both time and space. Beginning with China's diverse landscapes and environments and continuing through its formative history and tumultuous recent past, the authors present contemporary China as a product of both internal and external forces of past and present. They trace current and future successes and challenges while placing China in its international context as a massive, still-developing nation that must meet the needs of its 1.3 billion citizens while becoming a major regional and global player. Through clear prose and new, dynamic maps and photos, China's Geography illustrates and explains the great differences in economy and culture found throughout China's many regions. Data sets and power point ancillary materials are available for professors, contact textbooks@rowman.com to find out how to obtain this material.

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philosophy of urban development and to the effects of economic reforms that have initiated institutional changes on many fronts. These changes include the integration of the urban economy with the world economy through the government’s open-door policy, liberation of the nonstate economy, a relaxation in migration control, and reforms in the land and housing system. Opening Up and Uneven Urban Development In 1978, the new Chinese leadership initiated an open-door policy to utilize foreign

seem easier. In mainland China, the introduction of new mobile services involves political rather than business decisions, whereas in Hong Kong, mobile operators can introduce new services for consumers as and when they like. With no Internet censorship, the services that sell well in the West are also common in Hong Kong, with few if any restrictions on their content (see http://blogs.forbes.com/china/2010/05/11/why-hong-kong-is-chinas-new-tech-hub). 2. See also Li and Lo (1993) for a more

manifest as core or periphery conflicts challenging the national government suggest that the current political system in the PRC still has problems of control and governance. A fractious Taiwan would be difficult to control. Democracy has taken fifty years to emerge in Taiwan, and few would be willing to return to the fold without sound and credible guarantees for the long-term maintenance of this system. Conclusion Taiwan remains a place of great promise and horizons as well as a place

beyond this, few innovations were made. The Manchu successfully pacified the western tribes of Mongolia, Turkestan (Xinjiang), and Tibet, securing the greatest territory of China’s long history. Commerce between the East and West continuously expanded from around 1680 to 1820, at which point the Europeans grew avaricious and the “illegal” opium trade grew out of control. Reestablishing Central Asian trade with the modern state of Russia, in addition to maritime trade with Southeast Asia

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