- Series: AsiaWorld
- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Lexington Books; Reprint edition (April 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 073912806X
- ISBN-13: 978-0739128060
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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China's Unequal Treaties: Narrating National History (AsiaWorld) Reprint Edition
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This is a perceptive study of a vitally important topic. Dong Wang is less interested in the unequal treaties as such than in the range of discourses (moral, legal, and rhetorical) they have elicited over the past century and the tie-ins between these discourses and Chinese politics and nationalism. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the historical underpinnings of China's current view of the world and its place in it. (Paul A. Cohen, Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University)
Provides a new perspective for viewing unequal treaties rhetoric as a dynamic concept linked up with the construction of national identity. (Samual Chan The China Journal)
I would recommend the book to my students. (J.Y. Wong, University of Sydney The International History Review)
This insightful book shows masterful control of a wide range of Chinese and Western sources, and spans the mid-nineteenth century to the present in an interpretive tour de force. Historians of modern China will never again look at the Unequal Treaties in quite the same way. In analyzing and interpreting the construction and then the contested discourse centered on these treaties, and what they came to mean for almost a century of symbolic importance to Chinese nationalism, she has given us a fresh look at an unexamined but central theme in the changing dynamics of Chinese visions of their own modern history. (Daniel Bays, Calvin College)
About the Author
Dong Wang is chair professor of contemporary Chinese history and director of the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku in Finland.
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