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Harmony and War: Confucian Culture and Chinese Power Politics (Contemporary Asia in the World) Hardcover – December 15, 2010

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  • Series: Contemporary Asia in the World
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231151403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231151405
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a necessary read for those concerned with the issue of cultural versus strategic realism and Chinese strategic culture....highly recommended.


Wang's book provides an accessible, historically well-informed and methodologicallywell-constructed account of an important phenomenon of Chinese history.

(Aleksandra Kubat China Quarterly)

...a must-read for those who are interested in Chinese power politics and strategic culture.

(Julia Dinh T.H.L. Asian Politics and Policy 1900-01-00)

Yuan-kang Wang's Harmony and War is the most important and well-conceived application of structural realist theory to Chinese foreign policy (past and present) to date.

(Gregory J. Moore Journal of Chinese Political Science 1900-01-00)


Yuan-kang Wang offers a powerful test of strategic culture versus structural realism in the contexts of Song and Ming China, meticulously weaving together international relations theories and Chinese history. The result is a must read for any student of international relations and Chinese foreign policy.

(Victoria Tin-bor Hui, University of Notre Dame)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yen-Chun Huang on February 15, 2014
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This is an interesting book about politics and history of China. The author provides solid information to prove the realpolitik of China.
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