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America's Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations fifth edition Edition

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ISBN-10: 0231150776
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Editorial Reviews

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Warren Cohen... [is] the leading historian of Sino-American relations of his generation. This book has much to offer both newcomers to its subject as well as those who have been studying relations between these two countries nearly as long as its author.

(American Diplomacy)

A fresh new look at the history of United States diplomacy towards China.... The subject will never be the same again.

(John King Fairbank American Political Science Review)

Careful, well-documented.

(Political Science Quarterly)

Lucid and concise... a model of its kind, thoughtful, even-tempered, and extremely well-written.

(Pacific Historical Review)

Provocative and perceptive.

(China Quarterly)

A venerable work.

(Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom The Daily Beast)

About the Author

Warren I. Cohen is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; fifth edition edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231150776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231150774
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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China is a country ancient as the hills and long used to autocratic governance while America is a young country by comparison, borned and lived democratically. The two countries are as different as chalk and cheese. They are miles apart, literally and figuratively, yet they keep rubbing each other and keeps each other in sight, sometimes in awe, sometimes in contempt, always with suspicion. Warren Cohen has written the fifth edition of his book a year shy of the 40 years since his first edition was published (1971). He begins the story of US-Sino relationship from the mid nineteenth century when America entered China as Britains's junior parrtner in commerce. Cohen covers the role of America during this period in which treaties were being made between China and the Western powers, namely Britain and France. China used America in its efforts to contain if not isolate Britain. America witnessed two rebellions in China - the Taiping rebellion and the Boxer rebellion - and eased its way cautiously through them. When the Japanese and the Russians began their intrusions into China, America once again found itself a useful third party to China, and economic prospects for itself.

That had been the American attitude to China which seemed to be a rehearsal for the later Chinese civil war between the Nationalists under Chinag Kai Shek and the Communists under Mao Tze Tung. From a policy since Roosevelt's discerning but careful approach, America aided Chiang more because it feared communism than it loved the Nationalists. Cohen might be telling a different history today had the Americans gone all out to help Chiang push the communists out; but it realised that that wasn't a task worth the risks.
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Foreign relations historian Warren I. Cohen does a masterly job of condensing more than 200 years of Sino-American history (up to the Clinton administration, so not including today's complex fiscal ties) into a brief, readable book. For the most part, his approach is factual and reportorial - Cohen avoids grand sweeps of theory and interpretation. However, to the untrained eye, this book may seem quite confusing: Cohen uses the Wade-Giles system of romanizing Chinese characters, rather than the more familiar pinyin system, and his organization of historic material is only very roughly chronological. Readers will nonetheless acquire a strong sense of the important themes, the major evolutionary stages and the prominent figures involved in the development of Sino-U.S. relations. getAbstract recommends this retrospective account to anyone with a professional, non-academic interest in the history of America's relationship with China.
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Purchased for a college class and it was a really interesting read. Also, very easy text to read and understand.
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Well written and a great understanding of now and future.
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I am college educated from U.C. Berkeley and have my degree in Economics. I will read from 2 to 6 hours a day, but found his style difficult to stay engaged.
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