New Release: IB History Paper 2 Authoritarian States: China 1911–1976

We are pleased to announce the release of a new title in the OSC IB Study & Revision Guide series, the latest instalment in our 20th century World History books exploring the rise of Authoritarian States. IB History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: China 1911–1976 This revision guide supports exam preparation for IBDP History Paper 2, Topic 10: Authoritarian States, using Mao’s China (1911–1976) as a discrete example. Closely structured around the syllabus, it charts the emergence of the Communist state in China, the ...

Changing business landscapes – new routes to success

China’s economic growth tumbled to its lowest rate in more than three years last month. The world’s second-largest economy grew 7.4% in the three months ending in September 2012, down from the previous quarter’s 7.6%. This was the lowest growth for Beijing since the first quarter of 2009. The Chinese economy has been stumbling for months, due largely to government lending and investment controls imposed to cool an overheated economy and inflation. However, the downturn worsened sharply last year after ...

Emerging Global Brands

Becoming a global brand is exceptionally difficult. Emerging-market firms struggle with limited budgets and unlimited prejudice. Last year, GfK, a consumer-research company, found that only one-third of Americans were willing even to consider buying an Indian or Chinese car. However, the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has just overtaken Sweden’s Ericsson to become the largest telecoms equipment manufacturer. It follows Haier, which is already the leading global white goods maker with Lenovo challenging Hewlett-Packard to be world’s biggest PC producer. Emerging-market firms ...

The icy blast of unfresh air!

As the western world is gripped by the ravages of double dip recessions, western governments look to the East with envy at the economic growth rates being achieved.  China's GDP in the first quarter of 2012 was 10,799.5 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 8.1%. From 1978 to 2010, average annual GDP growth rates in China were 9.8%, the highest in the world during the period. After more than 30 years of development, China can be called a modern economic miracle. What ...

Year of the Dragon

2012 is a year of the dragon, as were 2000, 1988 and the auspicious year 1976. 1976 was a year of turmoil and tremendous change in China. Both Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong died, leaving a power vacuum. After the Gang of Four was defeated, the innocuous Hua Guofeng was head of the government as Deng Xiaoping consolidated control. 1976 marked the end of the '10 lost years' - the Cultural Revolution and its disastrous aftermath. When reading memoirs of the youth ...

What is all the fuss?

  If you have been following this blog you will have noticed that over the last month or so I have concentrated on the rare earth elements. But why? Well, the idea beind this was inspired by an article I read in the Sunday Times on the 31st October 2010, titled, 'China's new tradewall'. This has also been covered on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11581288) By Nat [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0), CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5), GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia CommonsThe ...