William A. Joseph
Oxford University Press; 2nd Edition
Politics in China, Second Edition; Politics in China; (PDF) is an authoritative introduction to the modern governance of the nation with the most inhabitants on the planet and the fastest growing influence on the global stage. The chapters of this ebook, which were written by some of the most eminent China scholars alive today, provide concise overviews of major periods in China’s modern political history, beginning in the middle of the nineteenth century and continuing up to the present day; key topics in modern Chinese politics; and developments in four significant areas located on China’s geographic border: Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) held celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the country’s creation on October 1, 2009. And what a turbulent and adventurous half century it had been up until that point. During that time period, under the control of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), China was transformed from one of the world’s underprivileged countries into the world’s fastest-growing major economy. Additionally, China was transformed from a feeble state that was hardly capable of governing or protecting its own territory into a growing power that is challenging the United States for global power.
During the same time period, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) went through the deadliest famine in the history of humanity. This was largely due to the acts and inactions of the country’s political authorities. Not long after that, there was a breakdown in government authority that brought the nation to the brink of anarchy and civil war, and in certain areas, it actually drove the country over the edge into those states.
In the modern era, China is generally prosperous, peaceful, and proud of its achievements. This is the side of China that was seen to the rest of the world during the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has a tight grip on power thanks to the mix of popular support, which is mostly based on its current record of driving rapid economic growth, and the ruthless repression of political opposition. Nevertheless, both the nation and the party are confronted with significant difficulties on many fronts, including but not limited to: a weakening economy; entrenched corruption; environmental devastation; excessive inequality; and a growing tide of social dissent.
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