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Human security and the Chinese state : historical transformations and the modern quest for sovereignty

Author: Robert E Bedeski
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2007.
Series: Routledge contemporary China series, 17.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book outlines a working theory of human security, and applies it to an analysis of the dynamics of the Chinese state. Professor Bedeski demonstrates how sovereignty of the state reflects primary human concerns of survival, where the state's fundamental purpose is to preserve citizens' lives. Using his theory of human security, he describes eight "meta-constitutions" from the Legalist Qin empire to the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert E Bedeski
ISBN: 9780415412551 0415412552 0203964756 9780203964750
OCLC Number: 70698922
Description: xiv, 190 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Human survival, human institutions, and human security --
Dimensions of human security: foundations in individual human life --
The modern sovereign nation-state --
Prologue to a theory of human security --
A notational theory of human security --
Actualizing imperial sovereignty in ancient China --
Claiming dynastic sovereignty under the imperial meta-constitution --
Sovereignty and state-building in late Qing and Republican China --
Contemporary China's incomplete sovereignty --
fusion, succession, and adoption.
Series Title: Routledge contemporary China series, 17.
Responsibility: by Robert E. Bedeski.
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Offering a fresh approach to surveying the historical transformations of the Chinese state, this book focuses on human security in contrast with the 21st century obsession with national security.  Read more...

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'He has made a unique contribution to increasing our understanding of Chinese state sovereignty and state-building' - Gerald Chan, International Spectator, September 2008

 
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