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War and state formation in ancient China and early modern Europe

Author: Victoria Tin-bor Hui
Publisher: New York NY : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Eurocentric conventional wisdom holds that the West is unique in having a multistate system in international relations and liberal democracy in state-society relations. At the same time, the Sinocentric perspective maintains that China is destined to have authoritarian rule with a unified empire. In fact, China in the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods (656-221 B.C.) was a system of sovereign
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Victoria Tin-bor Hui
ISBN: 9780521819725 0521819725 9780521525763 0521525764
OCLC Number: 56876657
Description: xiv, 294 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. A dynamic theory of world politics --
2. The dynamics of international politics in ancient China --
3. Rethinking the dynamics of international politics in early modern Europe --
4. The dynamics of state formation and transformation --
5. Conclusion and implications --
App. I. List of wars involving great powers in early modern Europe (1495-1815) --
App. II. List of wars involving great powers in ancient China (656-221 B.C.) --
App. III. Operational criteria for the lists of wars involving great powers --
App. IV. Chronology of periods of unification and division in Chinese history.
Responsibility: Victoria Tin-bor Hui.
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This book, first published in 2005, explores why China and Europe's development of state systems began similarly but experienced opposite outcomes.  Read more...

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