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China from the Inside

Letters from an Economist

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Uses letters to give unique insights into China through a visiting economics' professors eyes

  • Three themes run through the book: living in China; travelling in China; and the socioeconomic situation in China

  • Uses often amusing and surprising anecdotes to reveal how Chinese society sees itself and how its political and economic system works

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Life on Mars

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 1-6
  3. Getting There

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 7-16
  4. A Poison Pen Letter

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 17-22
  5. The Temple of Heaven

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 23-25
  6. When the Chips Are Down

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 27-30
  7. Building Sights

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 31-36
  8. Xi’an

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 37-53
  9. A Week of Firsts

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 55-70
  10. Safety and Security

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 71-85
  11. A Cup of Tea and a Nice Sit Down

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 87-122
  12. “You’re in the Army, Now”

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 123-138
  13. Inner Mongolia

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 139-160
  14. Journey to the West, Part 1

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 175-205
  15. The Journey to the West, Part 2

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 207-240
  16. Huaguoshan and Guizhou

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 241-262
  17. The Art of the Steal

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 263-274
  18. Hukou’s There?

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 275-293
  19. China’s “Japan Moment”

    • Liam Brunt
    Pages 295-311

About this book

This book delivers the fascinating account of one Western family’s time living and working in China. Told through a series of letters, China from the Inside: Letters from an Economist presents insights into the society and economy of a country that is often opaque to outsiders and poorly understood. The author’s expertise as an economist, and the family’s efforts to integrate into Chinese society, furnish a vivid and unique account. It provides a valuable new perspective on the Chinese worldview, social relations and economy, as well as informed opinion on its projected economic development.

Addressing issues ranging from the education system to the sustainability of economic growth, this is an accessible and engaging book that will be essential reading for all those interested in China and its future.

 

Keywords

  • Chinese economics
  • China’s development prospects
  • Chinese society
  • Economic anthropology
  • Western perspectives
  • Chinese censorship
  • Asian economic growth
  • Miracle growth
  • Everyday life in China
  • Economic development in China
  • Communist China
  • China’s society, economy and business
  • Chinese education

Reviews

“Brunt (Norwegian School of Economics, Norway) provides a valuable new perspective on China’s economy, politics, history, and the lives of Chinese citizens. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals.” (R. M. Ramazani, Choice, Vol. 55 (9), May, 2018)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway

    Liam Brunt

About the author

Liam Brunt is Professor of Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics, Norway. Brunt spent spring 2016 on sabbatical in China, where he and his family were based in Beijing from January to August but also travelled widely. His research interests include Chinese economic history, the modern Chinese economy and business in China.


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Buying options

eBook
USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-65672-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)