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Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) was a British philosopher, mathematician, social critic, and political activist. Russell is considered to be one of the founders of analytic philosophy and one of the most important mathematicians and logicians in the 20th century. This edition of Russell’s The Problem of China includes a table of contents....

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ISBN : 23011730
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Number of Pages : 203 Pages
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  • Michael
    2019-04-23 01:07

    It's interesting to read about someone's views before they happen and then know how their recommendations (opinions) were played out in real history. This book opened my eyes to the history of not just the Chinese and China, but also to Japan and the Japanese. Mr. Russell's opinions were strong on how China could become a strong country and this was before Mao Zedong!

  • Omar
    2019-04-13 00:22

    Has surprising relevance in today's global climate. Bertrand Russell, a thinker beyond his time, proves himself once again. A must read for anyone looking to understand a historical perspective and how Mr. Russell's China compares to today's rising Dragon.

  • Dina Strange
    2019-03-28 01:08

    Excellent. Just excellent. The mind of Bertrand shines all throughout the book, making one think about "superiority of nations" and whether the Western values are superior to Eastern ones (anything but...). Read the book, it's relatively short (250 pages or so) but its a pure joy to partake of author's brilliance. The historical and philosophical insights add bright spots of the author's intellect to an already amazing work.

  • Jing Ma
    2019-03-27 22:15

    Glad to read Russell's thought on China's past and future.

  • Hong
    2019-04-10 00:02

    Summary:I see this book roughly as three parts:(1) reviewing the (i) ancient history, (ii) politics [as of 1922] of China and Japan [Japan... owing to the usefulness as a reference], (2) discusses the general character of the Chinese as a civilization and human being,(3) the future of ChinaChina appears to Mr. Russell as a civilization superior in art and culture yet failed in the modern ruler of "progress, efficiency and power" defined by western civilization. Historically, her soft power and geographical isolation enabled her persistence [whereas Egyptian and Babylonian civilization have discontinued] over thousands of years [until contact with the west]. Mr. Russell wishes for an intelligent assimilation of western culture in China that will result in a new superior civilization [that excels in art, science; adopting a new breed of economic system that maximizes enjoyment of life].Comment:Some of this book is apparently dated. I only skimmed through description of "modern" politics in 1922. The rise of Chinese Communist Party, WWII, technological changes, etc obsolete a significant portion of the writing. However, I do find some of Russell's insights useful. There exists chapters that are less vulnerable to era changes. A 4.5-stars-read in 1922, 3 stars in 2015.

  • Daniel Cunningham
    2019-04-04 02:27

    This was a very interesting read for a number of reasons.It is a fairly concise analysis of the then-present political and economic situation of China, as viewed by a visiting Professor Bertrand Russell; he gives his own opinion and makes predictions as he sees events playing out. Some of the analysis and predictions were quite prescient; others look, in the light of much history, as naive as they indeed turned out to be (easy for me to say!) This was written c. 1921, so almost 30 years before the victory of Mao Zedong.Some of his biting commentary on (especially) American culture seems just as true today; on the down side, some of his commentary on the development of Chinese economic progress seems incredibly... well, "European", even though he repeatedly lambastes whites for their caricature of Chinese culture. For instance, he says at one point --and I paraphrase-- that the development of more advanced technology and agriculture to save lives that would die of famine isn't worth it if it comes at the cost of culture: as hyperbole this is fine, but I suspect he half-way meant it. One wonders what the starving farm-worker would think.A great, very accessible bit of historical reading, with much that is still relevant today.

  • Phoebe
    2019-04-12 22:30

    Russell is obviously biased by his own Western roots when writing this book and the prejudices of Anglo-American culture at that time. That being said, Russell was also quite socialistic in his views to my understanding, and although he makes many quite culturally prejudiced statements, he still may be considered relatively progressive for his time. I think this is an informative read in order to see a historically progressive European view on China and Japanese politics, and it is also interesting to see that some of his predictions have been borne out while others have not. However, I would consult more contemporary sources written by both Chinese and Western writers to get a less tainted view of history and sociological commentary.

  • Hayden
    2019-04-13 03:28

    Somewhat interesting in its historical insights, and to see how politically incorrect people were about race and nationality back then. Russell manages to make some accurate predictions, and some wildly inaccurate ones too. But in particular, his view of chinese culture seems a bit overly favourable and optimistic - probably the main reason why some of his predictions are a long way off the mark.

  • Mina Soare
    2019-03-31 21:14

    As I am sorely lacking in the fields of history and politics, this is making my head spin. I can comment little at this point on the merits of Russell's analysis, apart from it being standardly succinct, and that his opinion of nearly 100 years ago is also worth considering its close perspective. In this aspect, chapters 11 and 12 on Chinese and Western ethics and the Chinese man's character are of interest.

  • Li Zhao
    2019-04-09 00:04

    A very interesting book. Even though everything he said was 90 years ago, it still resonated with modern China. A very precise insight that modern China should really weight about on the country's progress.

  • Matthew
    2019-04-02 02:03

    Although Betrand wrote this book prior to World War II, his foresight to the culture and future of China is impressive. The book certainly remains relevant today and holds lessons that we would be wise to listen to today.

  • Luís Garcia
    2019-04-16 01:22

    Um livro de enorme valor para compreender a realidade cultural chinesa. Apesar de escrito há quase 100 anos, ajudou-me a perceber alguns aspectos do comportamento chinês que tanto me confundem e me espantam quotidianamente! (lido em Chengdu, China)

  • Matthew Newton
    2019-04-09 21:17

    Very interesting and still well worth reading despite being written when China was in a very different situation.

  • Sile Li
    2019-03-27 02:21

    Ahah he loved China!