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The mind of empire : China's history and modern foreign relations

Author: Christopher A Ford
Publisher: Lexington, Ky : University Press of Kentucky, ©2010.
Series: Asia in the new millennium.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the publisher. In the last century, no other nation has grown and transformed itself with such zeal as China. With a booming economy, a formidable military, and a rapidly expanding population, China is emerging as a twenty-first-century global superpower. China's prosperity has increased dramatically in the last two decades, propelling the nation to a prominent position in the international community. Yet  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher A Ford
ISBN: 9780813192635 0813192633 9780813165431 0813165431
OCLC Number: 460059214
Description: xii, 380 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: An emergent China and the weight of history --
History lessons --
Confucian conceptions of order --
Power and order in other Chinese traditions --
Western assumptions about international order --
Sinic universalism in theory and practice --
The prehistory of foreign engagement --
Engagement and status conflict --
Through formal equality to inferiority --
China's loss of its dependencies --
Imperial denouement --
Intellectual ferment in the Nationalist era --
Mao and the Middle Kingdom --
China and the foreign other --
Conceptual currents --
China imagines its world --
and its future.
Series Title: Asia in the new millennium.
Responsibility: Christopher A. Ford.

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