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Understanding Contemporary China, 4th Edition

Robert E. Gamer, editor
Understanding Contemporary China, 4th Edition
ISBN: 978-1-58826-844-0
ISBN: 978-1-62637-175-0
2012/499 pages/LC: 2011052684
Understanding: Introductions to the States and Regions of the Contemporary World
Praise for the previous editions:       

"Leading readers almost painlessly through an extensive tour of modern China's events and issues, this anthology is well planned and, with its extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter, a useful guide to deeper study as well as a rich resource for acquainting readers with China.... a well woven and brightly colored tapestry creating a kaleidoscopic and vibrant picture of China."—Mary Karen Solomon, Education About Asia

"A well-balanced overview."—Future Survey


The latest edition of Understanding Contemporary China has been thoroughly revised to reflect a half-decade of significant events and trends, both domestically and in the international arena. The result is an accessible, well-grounded exploration of the most crucial issues affecting China today.

The authors assume no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, making the book a perfect choice for interdisciplinary "Introduction to China" courses, as well as for courses in political science and sociology. Numerous maps and photographs enhance the text.


Robert E. Gamer is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. His publications include Governments and Politics in a Changing World and The Developing Nations: A Comparative Perspective.


  • Introduction—R.E. Gamer.
  • China: A Geographic Preface—S.W. Toops.
  • The Historical Context—R. Murphey.
  • Chinese Politics—R.E. Gamer.
  • China's Economy—S.Y. Tong and J. Wong.
  • China Beyond the Heartland—L.T. White III and R.E. Gamer.
  • International Relations—R.E. Gamer.
  • Population Growth and Urbanization— R. Ma.
  • China's Environmental Problems—R.L. Edmonds.
  • Family, Kinship, Marriage, and Sexuality—W. Jankawiak and X. Zang
  • Women and Development—L. Bossen
  • Religion—H. Chan and A.Y.C. King.
  • Literature and Popular Culture—C.A. Laughlin.
  • Trends and Prospects—R.E. Gamer and LT. White III.
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