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Author Encyclopedia Britannica
Book Publisher Running Press
Book Subject China
Year Published 2008

The Britannica Guide to Modern China: A Comprehensive Introduction to the World's New Economic Giant. Introduction by Jonathan Mirsky.

An encyclopedic-like volume containing statistics and factual data about China from 1912 to the present. Useful if you are conducting research on the Middle Kingdom but is relatively devoid of analysis, interpretation, or editorialization.

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Reviewed by Dr. Greg
February 15, 2010
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This book was useful to me to the degree I am always looking for reliable and valid information about China for our Guide. It will probably not hold much interest for anyone other than researchers and journalists.

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Good Points An excellent source of information if you are looking for reliable facts and figures from the world's leading publisher of encyclopedias. The book is well organized and heavily indexed making it easy to find specific information quickly. This volume's greatest, if not only, strength is the fact that it aggregates both historical and current information about China in one volume that one would otherwise have to spend hours browsing the Internet for.
Bad Points The volume's readability suffers tremendously from a virtual absence of any interpretation or analysis of why events unfolded in the manner that they did. Imagine reading the driest possible textbook on history you can find. Useful only if you want to know facts, figures, and dates but are not particularly interested in what they mean or why historical events happened in the way that they did. The information contained within this 377-page volume can be found from several online sources including the Encyclopedia Britannica itself.
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