China's Geography

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-06-17
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc

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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.

Author Biography

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 Tablesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
China's Path and Progressp. 1
China's Natural Environmentsp. 16
Ancient Roots and Binding Traditionsp. 48
The Political Geography of Emerging Chinap. 83
Population and Human Resourcesp. 111
The Production and Consumption of Culture in Postsocialist China Christopher J. Smithp. 139
A Preface to China's Changing Economic Geographyp. 179
Agriculture: From Antiquity to Revolution to Reformp. 203
China's Industry, Energy, Trade, and Transportation in a Global Contextp. 234
Urban Development in Contemporary China Youqin Huangp. 268
Hong Kong before and after the Return Christopher J. Smithp. 303
Macau (Macao)p. 328
Taiwan: Enduring East Asian ˘Economic Miracle÷p. 342
Indexp. 363
About the Authorsp. 381
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