In this clear and carefully constructed text, Frank Leeming provides a superb introduction to the changing geography of China, which will be welcomed by students and teachers alike.By any criteria one of the most fascinating of nations, the People's Republic of China maintains around twenty-two per cent of the earth's human population in only seven per cent of its land area. No single human system has ever before attempted to manage so many people, placing massive demands upon water, land, mineral and energy resources on the one hand, and upon internal bureaucratic and political structures on the other. The success - or otherwise - of China in meeting this challenge forms one of the key themes of this study. Other themes examine the relationships among political, management and production systems, regional structures in this vast and immensely varied country, and the practical progress of the reforms which started in 1978. In successive chapters, Frank Leeming covers:* resources and physical landscapes,* the historic foundations of contemporary change,* the structure of the People's Republic,* rural development and rural problems,* the industrial system and the state economy,* urban China,* features of regional change,* the prospects for China.The text is supported throughout by current data from a wide range of sources, many otherwise inaccessible, and over forty maps and charts.
"This is well organized and well written on a country and topic ofvast importance. The author is a seasoned and respected scholar andcommentator on the contemporary China scene. The strength of thebook is that it draws heavily on Chinese sources for itsinformation and insights and in that sense well represents Chineseviews, although seen through the eyes of a sensitive and informedwestern scholar, of changes underway in that country. Leeming'sbook offers a highly readable sketch of China today." CliftonPannell, Professor of Geography, University of Georgia
"Leeming's book should be welcomed by all those studying andteaching about China. It is refreshing to read a text life this, written by a single author, and in a good, eminently readablestraightforward English style. Suitable not only for undergraduatesemester courses, but also for sixth-form students, teachers andall who want a readable, but scholarly, account of modern China."Geography
"Is well researched, clearly written, informative and intendedfor students." International Review of AdministrativeSciences
"At last, an up-to-date geographer's book on China presentinginformation clearly and concisely with a large selection of maps aswell as charts and photographs. Frank Leeming's book is one of aseries of Institute of British Geographer's publications - IBGStudies in Geography. These books, intended for students around theworld, provide a range of stimulating texts which criticallysummarize the latest developments across the entire field ofgeography." Britain-China
"A welcome addition to a growing literature on the geography ofChina."
"A badly needed update to some widely used contemporary volumesof China's geography."
"Excellent reading for people who wish to have an overview ofChina's economic development and its spatial implications."Environment & Planning A
"The Changing Geography of China covers a comprehensiverange of topics including: resources, historical development, politics, rural and agricultural issues, industrial change, urbanization and regional variation of development."
"The Changing Geography of China is a well-rounded, highly readable book written by an author who has a great deal offamiliarity and knowledge about China." GeographicalJournal
..". a welcome addition to the limited number of geographicaltextbooks available on the most popolous country in the world."Geographical Review
List of Figures.
List of Plates.
1. China of Many Faces.
2. Resources and the Physical Environment.
3. The Historic Foundations of Contemporary Change.
4. Structures and Determinants in the People's Republic.
5. The Countryside - Rural Development and Rural Problems.
6. The Industrial System and the State Economy.
7. Urban China.
8. Features of Regional Change.
9. Retrospect and Prospect.
Series: Institute of British Geographers Studies in Geography (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 2nd March 1993
Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.95 x 17.02 x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1