The ninth volume of the "History of China from ancient times to the beginning of the XXI century" is devoted to the latest period of China's history from the end of the "cultural revolution" to the 60th anniversary of the people's Republic of China. For the first time in the domestic scientific literature presents a comprehensive study of the history of China during the reform period, covering domestic politics, law, government, economy, international relations and culture. The sections of the volume consider in detail the evolution of the ideology of the CPC, the formation of an economic course to build a socialist commodity and then a market economy, the creation of new political mechanisms, the issues of party building, China's relations with the world's leading powers. Separate sections are devoted to the state of religions, the development of culture, science and sports, the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. It includes biographical references of prominent political figures of the CPC and China, chronicle of events (1976 – 2009), index of names and selected bibliography. The book is intended for Orientalists, students and graduate students studying the problems of China and East Asia, as well as a wide range of readers interested in the history of China.
The collection of papers contains reports of an international scientific conference that discussed the global, national-state and regional aspects of the revolutionary year 1917. According to tradition, a number of research materials are devoted to the personality and diplomatic activity of G. V. Chicherin. The publication is addressed to teachers, researchers, graduate students and students.
Sociologists and pollsters became interested in measuring attitudes of Russians towards the DPRK and the Republic of Korea already in the early 1990s. Despite the ideological differences between the two states the majority of the Russian population does not distinguish between them well and has approximately the same feelings according to the data of the Levada-Center collected in 2013. About half of respondents have expressed positive towards both of them, 17% have negative attitudes, and 24% have no opinion (found it difficult to answer). The survey demonstrates only one tenth of Russians as having differently characterized their attitudes towards the two countries. In particular, 9% felt sympathy for South Korea and antipathy towards North Korea, and 2% - vice versa. At the same time, very few Russians consider both North and South Korea to be strategic allies or opponents of the Russian Federation. The survey analysis reveals a pronounced positive attitude towards only North Korea (but not towards South Korea) as typical for the older generation born and grown up in the Soviet Union, that could not adapt and did not achieve great success in the new economic conditions and in many respects remained faithful to the communist ideology. Conversely, a positive attitude towards South Korea is typical predominantly for economically successful young and middle-aged people sharing Western values. The attitudes of Russians depend both on the individual social-economic characteristics and historic and cultural background of the relationship with Korea. Despite the different trajectories of the development of relations after World War II, Russia currently maintains good-neighborly relations with both the DPRK and the Republic of Korea.
BRICS is a relatively young group but has already become one of the most influential international associations. How did this happen? It seems that fundamental changes in the world system in the late 20th-early 21st centuries led to the emergence of BRICS and to the rapid growth of its influence.
The collection of papers, prepared following the international academic conference, addresses theoretical facets of the notion of “state sovereignty”, historical traditions of nation-states’ struggling for preserving sovereignty as well as transformation of this concept in the age of globalization. A series of articles deals with the legacy of G.V. Chicherin in foreign policy. The publication is intended for experts in international relations, historians and everyone who is interested in foreign policy issues.