Despite China's clear and growing importance on the world stage, it remains often and easily misunderstood. Indeed, there are many Chinas, as this comprehensive survey, the most current and authoritative introduction available, vividly illustrates. Now in a thoroughly revised and updated edition, this text 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 show contemporary China as a product of both internal and external forces. They consider historical and current successes and difficulties, including economic, political, cultural, and environmental challenges, while placing China in its international context as a massive, developing, diverse nation that is meeting the needs of its 1.4 billion citizens while becoming an aggressive major regional and global player. Through clear prose and 160 insightful maps, tables, and photos, China's Geography illustrates and explains the great economic, political, and social differences found throughout China's many regions.
Accompanying the book is a companion website that provides a wealth of additional materials, including sample lectures, color versions of all the graphics, time series and provincial data files for student projects in Excel, lists of favorite films and websites, and public domain maps for student use.
Gregory Veeck is professor of geography at Western Michigan University. Clifton W. Pannell is professor emeritus of geography at the University of Georgia. Xiaoping Shen is professor of geography at Central Connecticut State University. Youqin Huang is professor of geography and planning and a research associate of the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis at the University at Albany, SUNY.
List of Figures, Photos, and Tables
1 Introduction: China’s Path and Progress
Gregory Veeck and Clifton W. Pannell
2 Physical Geographies: Landscapes of Diversity
3 History: Ancient Roots and Binding Traditions
4 Politics: The Central Kingdom in a Globalized World
Clifton W. Pannell and Gregory Veeck
5 Cities: The Road to an Urban Revolution
6 Population: Demographic Changes and Challenges
7 Inequality: Rising Social, Economic, and Spatial Divides
8 Economy: China’s Changing Economic Geography
9 Agriculture: From Antiquity to Revolution to Reform
10 Industry and Energy: A Geohistorical Survey
11 Trade and Transportation: New Pillars of Growth
12 The Environment: Crises and Responses
13 Taiwan: An Enduring East Asian Miracle
14 Hong Kong and Macau: Postcolonial Futures
About the Authors
The most informative, insightful, up-to-date, and readable account of the diverse and ever-changing geography of China as an important player of our interdependent world. Drawing on a wide range of complementary perspectives and the decades-long experience of four outstanding scholars, it provides a compelling and illuminating documentation of the phenomenal changes affecting not just one-fifth of the human race but the entire planet as well. An essential reference and must-read for anyone interested in China and global developments.
A nuanced understanding of nations is essential in today’s interconnected world, and the fourth edition of China’s Geography delivers a timely refresher. Now more than four decades into its economic transition, China faces a spectrum of shifts and transitions. This book presents multiple perspectives on critical issues throughout the country’s vast and diverse geography. A valuable source of knowledge for students and general readers alike.
China’s Geography is a compelling and comprehensive text that engages with a wide range of China’s current opportunities and challenges and places these topics in geographical and historical context. Students in courses in East Asian or Chinese geography, history, sociology, anthropology, politics, and economics will benefit from its clear and evidence-based approach. This timely new edition offers substantially updated treatment of topics such as China’s global expansion via the Belt and Road Initiative, rising inequality, environmental issues, and the political struggle over Hong Kong.
-Topics and chapters are integrated through two organizing geographic principles: China’s spatial organization and human/environment relations over time
-More than 160 maps, graphics, photographs, and tables offer compelling snapshots of all topics
-Includes chapters on Taiwan and on Hong Kong and Macau
-Data-based chapters also summarize ideas and perspectives from leading contemporary scholars
-Historical approach in all chapters place contemporary issues in appropriate context
-Chapter by chapter learning objectives, questions for discussion, and a companion website offer extensive resources for students
-The authors have extensive experience living and working in China
-Analysis of current and future issues of geopolitical significance and potential conflict
-New coauthor Xiaoping Shen
-New and revised maps
-New chapter on China’s political geography focusing on Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power and on growing domestic and regional tensions
-New or significantly revised chapters on the environment, trade, transportation, and social equity
-New chapter on population and demography
-Updated chapters on Hong Kong and Macau reflect contemporary events
-New sections on the Zhou, the nuclear power industry, and hi-tech industrial parks