05 June 2017

Coming Later in 2017: Harvard University Press to Publish Fairbank Center Volume on “The China Questions”

This volume commemorates the Fairbank Center’s 60th anniversary.

Jennifer Rudolph and Michael Szonyi, eds., The China Questions: Critical Insights into a Rising Power (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, forthcoming December 2017).

From the Publisher:

About the Editors

Jennifer Rudolph is Associate Professor of modern Chinese political history at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Michael Szonyi is Professor of Chinese History at Harvard University.

About the Book

Many books offer information about China, but few make sense of what is truly at stake. The questions addressed in this unique volume provide a window onto the challenges China faces today and the uncertainties its meteoric ascent on the global horizon has provoked.

In only a few decades, the most populous country on Earth has moved from relative isolation to center stage. Thirty of the world’s leading China experts—all affiliates of the renowned Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University—answer key questions about where this new superpower is headed and what makes its people and their leaders tick. They distill a lifetime of cutting-edge scholarship into short, accessible essays about Chinese identity, culture, environment, society, history, or policy.

Can China’s economic growth continue apace? Can China embrace the sacrifices required for a clean environment? Will Taiwan reunite with the mainland? How do the Chinese people understand their position in today’s global marketplace? How do historical setbacks and traditional values inform China’s domestic and foreign policy? Some of the essays address issues of importance to China internally, revolving around the Communist Party’s legitimacy, the end of the one-child policy, and ethnic tensions. Others focus on China’s relationship with other nations, particularly the United States. If America pulls back from its Asian commitments, how will China assert its growing strength in the Pacific region?

China has already captured the world’s attention. The China Questions takes us behind media images and popular perceptions to provide insight on fundamental issues.

Table of Contents


1. Is the Chinese Communist Regime Legitimate? [Elizabeth J. Perry]

2. Can Fighting Corruption Save the Party? [Joseph Fewsmith]

3. Does Mao Still Matter? [Roderick MacFarquhar]

4. What Is the Source of Ethnic Tension in China? [Mark Elliott]

5. What Should We Know about Public Opinion in China? [Ya-Wen Lei]

6. What Does Longevity Mean for Leadership in China? [Arunabh Ghosh]

7. Can the Chinese Communist Party Learn from Chinese Emperors? [Yuhua Wang]


8. Will China Lead Asia? [Odd Arne Westad]

9. How Strong Are China’s Armed Forces? [Andrew S. Erickson]

10. What Does the Rise of China Mean for the United States? [Robert S. Ross]

11. Is Chinese Exceptionalism Undermining China’s Foreign Policy Interests? [Alastair Iain Johnston]

12. (When) Will Taiwan Reunify with the Mainland? [Steven M. Goldstein]

13. Can China and Japan Ever Get Along? [Ezra F. Vogel]


14. Can China’s High Growth Continue? [Richard N. Cooper]

15. Is the Chinese Economy Headed toward a Hard Landing? [Dwight H. Perkins]

16. Will Urbanization Save the Chinese Economy or Destroy It? [Meg Rithmire]

17. Is China Keeping Its Promises on Trade? [Mark Wu]

18. How Do China’s New Rich Give Back? [Tony Saich]

19. What Can China Teach Us about Fighting Poverty? [Nara Dillon]


20. Can China Address Air Pollution and Climate Change? [Michael B. McElroy]

21. Is There Environmental Awareness in China? [Karen Thornber]


22. Why Does the End of the One-Child Policy Matter? [Susan Greenhalgh]

23. How Are China and Its Middle Class Handling Aging and Mental Health? [Arthur Kleinman]

24. How Important Is Religion in China? [James Robson]

25. Will There Be Another Dalai Lama? [Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp]

26. Does Law Matter in China? [William P. Alford]

27. Why Do So Many Chinese Students Come to the United States? [William C. Kirby]


28. Who Is Confucius in Today’s China? [Michael Puett]

29. Where Did the Silk Road Come From? [Rowan Flad]

30. Why Do Intellectuals Matter to Chinese Politics? [Peter K. Bol]

31. Why Do Classic Chinese Novels Matter? [Wai-yee Li]

32. How Have Chinese Writers Imagined China’s Future? [David Der-wei Wang]

33. Has Chinese Propaganda Won Hearts and Minds? [Jie Li]

34. Why Is It Still So Hard to Talk about the Cultural Revolution? [Xiaofei Tian]

35. What Is the Future of China’s Past? [Stephen Owen]

36. How Has the Study of China Changed in the Last Sixty Years? [Paul A. Cohen]

  • Further Reading
  • Acknowledgments
  • Contributors
  • Index


Product Details


$27.95 • £22.95 • €25.00

ISBN 9780674979406

Available 12/11/2017

320 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

4 graphs, 2 tables


Related Subjects

History: Asia: China

Political Science: World: Asian

Social Science: Developing & Emerging Countries

Political Science: International Relations: General


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