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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.
Gregory Veeck is professor of geography at Western Michigan University. Clifton W. Pannell is professor emeritus of geography at the University of Georgia. Christopher J. Smith is professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University at Albany, SUNY. Youqin Huang is assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University at Albany, SUNY.
Table of Contents
|Images and Tables||p. vii|
|China's Path and Progress||p. 1|
|China's Natural Environments||p. 16|
|Ancient Roots and Binding Traditions||p. 48|
|The Political Geography of Emerging China||p. 83|
|Population and Human Resources||p. 111|
|The Production and Consumption of Culture in Postsocialist China Christopher J. Smith||p. 139|
|A Preface to China's Changing Economic Geography||p. 179|
|Agriculture: From Antiquity to Revolution to Reform||p. 203|
|China's Industry, Energy, Trade, and Transportation in a Global Context||p. 234|
|Urban Development in Contemporary China Youqin Huang||p. 268|
|Hong Kong before and after the Return Christopher J. Smith||p. 303|
|Macau (Macao)||p. 328|
|Taiwan: Enduring East Asian ˘Economic Miracle÷||p. 342|
|About the Authors||p. 381|
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