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
Academic studies of China–Japan relations since the end of World War II have covered all aspects of the relationship, reflecting the varied, and intermittently troubled, nature of interaction. While the 1950s and 1960s were marked by a lack of diplomatic links between the two sides, the nature of informal contacts, the separation of politics from economics, the conclusion of private trade agreements, and the environment of the Cold War provided scholars with considerable material to help shed light on the emerging structures and processes of the post-conflict relationship.
After diplomatic normalization took place in 1972, academic studies reflected the honeymoon period of revived economic and cultural relations, but in the ...