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China's Brave New World and Other Tales for Global Times

Wasserstrom, Jeffrey N.

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ISBN 10: 0253219086 / ISBN 13: 9780253219084
Published by Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, 2007
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Title: China's Brave New World and Other Tales for ...

Publisher: Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Soft

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed By Author

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If Chairman Mao came back to life today, what would he think of Nanjing’s bookstore, the Librairie Avant-Garde, where it is easier to find primers on Michel Foucault’s philosophy than copies of the Little Red Book? What does it really mean to order a latte at Starbucks in Beijing? Is it possible that Aldous Huxley wrote a novel even more useful than Orwell’s 1984 for making sense of post-Tiananmen China―or post-9/11 America?

In these often playful, always enlightening "tales," Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom poses these and other questions as he journeys from 19th-century China into the future, and from Shanghai to Chicago, St. Louis, and Budapest. He argues that simplistic views of China and Americanization found in most soundbite-driven media reports serve us poorly as we try to understand China’s place in the current world order―or our own.

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Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. His books include Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai. He lives in Irvine, California.

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