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.
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.
"Leeming′s book should be welcomed by all those studying and teaching about China. It is refreshing to read a text life this, written by a single author, and in a good, eminently readable straightforward English style. Suitable not only for undergraduate semester courses, but also for sixth–form students, teachers and all who want a readable, but scholarly, account of modern China." Geography
"Is well researched, clearly written, informative and intended for students." International Review of Administrative Sciences
"At last, an up–to–date geographer′s book on China presenting information clearly and concisely with a large selection of maps as well as charts and photographs. Frank Leeming′s book is one of a series of Institute of British Geographer′s publications – IBG Studies in Geography. These books, intended for students around the world, provide a range of stimulating texts which critically summarize the latest developments across the entire field of geography." Britain–China
"A welcome addition to a growing literature on the geography of China."
"A badly needed update to some widely used contemporary volumes of China′s geography."
"Excellent reading for people who wish to have an overview of China′s economic development and its spatial implications." Environment & Planning A
"The Changing Geography of China covers a comprehensive range 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 of familiarity and knowledge about China." Geographical Journal
"... a welcome addition to the limited number of geographical textbooks available on the most popolous country in the world." Geographical Review