Karl Gerth

China: Up Close and Personal is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Karl Gerth, Hwei-Chih and Julia Hsiu Chair in Chinese Studies and Professor of History at UC San Diego. This wide-ranging conversation covers the emerging American-style consumer culture of China which is revolutionizing the lives of hundreds of millions of Chinese, how it has transformed its economy and lifestyle and has the potential to reshape the world.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Full Circle, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Filling in the World – Young Karl heads abroad
  2. History and Demography – A brief examination of what we mean by “modern China: and the importance, and possible origin, of China’s large population 
  3. Contemporary China – Change at breakneck speed
  4. Environmental Issues – And associated political aspects
  5. Societal Values – And how they are changing
  6. Catastrophic Scenarios – And how they might be addressed
  7. Ever Onwards – Towards a deeper understanding 




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China: Up Close and Personal is also part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow CollectionConversations About History, Volume 3, which is available in both paperback and electronic format.