The study of contemporary China constitutes a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. Recent decades have brought dramatic changes to China's economy, society and governance. Analyzing such changes in the context of multiple disciplinary perspectives offers opportunites as well as challenges for scholars in the field known as contemporary China Studies. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China is a two-volume exploration of the transformations of contemporary China, firmly grounded in the both disciplinary and China-specific contexts. Drawing on a range of scholarly approaches found in the social sciences and history, an international team of contributors engage with the question of what a rapidly changing China means for the broader field of contemporary China studies, and identify areas of promising future research. Part 1: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment Part 2: Economic Transformations Part 3: Politics and Government Part 4: China on the Global Stage Part 5: China's Foreign Policy Part 6: National and Nested Identities Part 7: Urbanization and Spatial Development Part 8: Poverty and Inequality Part 9: Social Change Part 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies

China–US Relations in a Changing Global Order

China–US Relations in a Changing Global Order

China–US Relations in a Changing Global Order
Rosemary Foot


From the Cold War era to the current day, the People's Republic of China's (PRC) relationship with the United States has been one of considerable significance for global politics. At the height of the Cold War, levels of animosity were high in part because the establishment of a communist regime on the mainland of China reinforced the sense that the US-led liberal world order had met an additional serious challenger. The former Soviet Union at that time was America's primary strategic opponent, but the PRC also positioned itself as an alternative political-economic model in the global system and one that might be especially attractive to ...

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