China's Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic, and Social Change (Changing Regions in a Global Context: New Perspectives in Regional Geography Ser)

China's Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic, and Social Change (Changing Regions in a Global Context: New Perspectives in Regional Geography Ser)

Gregory Veeck, Youqin Huang

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 0742567834

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Despite China's obvious and growing importance on the world stage, it is often and easily misunderstood. Indeed, there are many Chinas, as this comprehensive survey of contemporary China vividly illustrates. Now in a thoroughly revised and updated edition that offers the only sustained geography of the reform era, this book 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 present contemporary China as a product of both internal and external forces of past and present. They trace current and future successes and challenges while placing China in its international context as a massive, still-developing nation that must meet the needs of its 1.3 billion citizens while becoming a major regional and global player. Through clear prose and new, dynamic maps and photos, China's Geography illustrates and explains the great differences in economy and culture found throughout China's many regions. Data sets and power point ancillary materials are available for professors, contact to find out how to obtain this material.



















problems once originated largely in urban areas because, up until the reform era that began in 1978, major cities (over 500,000 persons) claimed the lion’s share of industrial production and coal and oil consumption. After the reforms, however, the problems associated with point-source pollution spread throughout most of eastern China and into many areas of the West (Economy 2004; Smil 1984). As Chinese and international firms sought lower labor and land costs by shifting manufacturing and raw

domestic “industrial revolution” where inventions became innovations with commercial applications did not occur in China. Shortages of capital and strong central government control over manufactured goods such as salt, cloth, ceramics, and metal goods may partly explain these different trajectories. During the late dynastic era, most existing industries in China, such as silk and porcelain manufacture, salt production, tea processing, and food processing (rice mills or oil-pressing plants),

agricultural hinterland. Recent infrastructural improvements have opened up more of the interior, but it still remains relatively isolated, and recent stringent environmental regulations work to ensure that these areas will be as pristine as possible for coming generations (see figure13.5). Within the densely populated western portions of the island, major cities are dotted at intervals from Keelung, Taoyuan, and Taipei in the north to Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung in the south, all linked

(ca. 2200–1766 BC) has been much discussed by historians and remains within our idealized lineage of Chinese dynasties despite the lack of definitive archaeological evidence to support its existence as a true dynasty. Based on the presence of several large palace-style buildings of extraordinary size, scholars have suggested that the extensive ErliTou site on the middle reaches of the Huang He might have been the site of the capital of the Xia state. Until proper archaeological evidence is

very high-quality bronze, fine pottery, and oracle bones covered with written records. The Shang bronzes not only are marvels of metallurgy and artistry but also reflect a benchmark in technology and organization for bronze manufacture. Some of the larger artifacts weigh over 85 or 90 kg. Casting required the orchestrated efforts of a workforce of over three hundred artisans and laborers working to simultaneously lift and pour up to seventy crucibles of molten metal. These early bronzes were some

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