As the twenty-first century dawns, China stands at a crossroads. The largest and most populous country on earth and currently the world's second biggest economy, China has recently reclaimed its historic place at the center of global affairs after decades of internal chaos and disastrous foreign relations. But even as China tentatively reengages with the outside world, the contradictions of its development risks pushing it back into an era of insularity and instability-a regression that, as China's recent history shows, would have serious implications for all other nations. In Restless Empire, award-winning historian Odd Arne Westad traces China's complex foreign affairs over the past 250 years, identifying the forces that will determine the country's path in the decades to come. Since the height of the Qing Empire in the eighteenth century, China's interactions-and confrontations-with foreign powers have caused its worldview to fluctuate wildly between extremes of dominance and subjugation, emulation and defiance. From the invasion of Burma in the 1760s to the Boxer Rebellion in the early 20th century to the 2001 standoff over a downed U.S. spy plane, many of these encounters have left Chinese with a lingering sense of humiliation and resentment, and inflamed their notions of justice, hierarchy, and Chinese centrality in world affairs. Recently, China's rising influence on the world stage has shown what the country stands to gain from international cooperation and openness. But as Westad shows, the nation's success will ultimately hinge on its ability to engage with potential international partners while simultaneously safeguarding its own strength and stability. An in-depth study by one of our most respected authorities on international relations and contemporary East Asian history, Restless Empire is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the recent past and probable future of this dynamic and complex nation.
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Descrizione libro Basic Books, 2012. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Stephen R. Platt, author of Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom "Odd Arne Westad's Restless Empire is an authoritative and lucid history of China's foreign relations from the peak of the Qing dynasty in the eighteenth century to the present day. Anyone seeking to understand the role China may play in our future world should start with this book." Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans and co-author of Mao: The Unknown Story "Written by one of the most distinguished scholars on China, this book brings clarity and insight into complex historical issues." Jonathan Spence, author of The Search for Modern China "Westad's Restless Empire is thorough, fast-moving, and consistently clear. It gives an excellent introduction to the vagaries of China's foreign relations over the last 250 years." Frank Dikotter, author of Mao's Great Famine "An essential guide to modern China's often violent encounter with the rest of the world." Kirkus Reviews "An astute, succinct study of modern China emphasizing overarching themes like hybrid identity and foreign influence rather than nationalism and centrality. A fresh look at a confounding nation the West has not yet figured out." Publishers Weekly "[A] savvy history. Westad manages to compress a vast and complex history into a well-paced narrative that helps readers understand China's growing centrality in international affairs." Booklist , starred review "A superb story of China's historically 'schizophrenic' relationship with the outside world. [A] compelling, expansive account. Westad has provided readers with both a remarkable and timely glimpse behind the curtain that is required reading for anyone interested in Chinese political history and economic development and the future of China's position in the international community." Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order "Understanding China is the most important question facing the world. Arne Westad has written a really excellent book which represents a very important building block in this task - the relationship between China and the world since 1750. Highly accessible, insightful, full of good sense and wise judgment, and, as one would expect, extremely well-informed, it deserves to be both influential and widely read." Sunday Telegraph "Westad starts with an important piece of mythbusting, arguing strongly against the idea that China has been an inward-looking society closed to the rest of the world. Westad is particularly acute on the Cold War period, using impressive documentation to argue that China's relationship to the rest of East Asia was not just communist, but Confucian in the ties that Mao nurtured with his ideological 'younger brothers' such as Kim Il-sung and Ho Chi Minh. [Westad] makes[s] poignantly clear the obstacles to China becoming a global leader." Literary Review "A lucid and engaging book. This fine survey is the best guide to appear yet on the knotty entanglements of China's pasts and futures." Vancouver Sun "[A] timely new book. Westad takes us on a fast but sure-footed.gallop over the heavy ground of China's relations with the outside world since the beginning of the serious incursions by foreign powers, especially the British. Westad has produced an entertaining, fulsome and useful addition to the deluge of literature on China.". Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0465019331
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