For many people China reflects a significant millenary culture; for others, it is merely the largest market for goods and services in the world. So is China a distant, mysterious country, or a venue for developing modern capitalist structures? As both a trading partner and an ideological reference point, contemporary China has undisputedly become a major player on the global stage, with which most countries entertain important relations. The author uses eight key words to shed light on the social, political, and cultural framework of Xi Jinping’s China, thus identifying enduring features and discontinuities that emerge from the great historical transformations the country has experienced since the 19th century. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand an incredibly multifaceted and ever more rapidly evolving land.
Beatrice Gallelli teaches Chinese Language and Translation at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and Sociology of Asian Countries at the University of Bologna.