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Rising China and Its Postmodern Fate: Memories of Empire in a New Global Context (Studies in Security and International Affairs) Library Binding – May 1, 2009

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"The book is clear, engagingly written, and quite original, combining an overview of Western scholarship, some Chinese scholarship, and a critique of twentieth-century Chinese culture to argue the prospects of China's completed modernization and the challenges it poses for the state and the military." ----Pamela Kyle Crossley, Robert 1932 and Barbara Black Professor of History, Dartmouth College

"Rising China and its Postmodern Fate is a highly-informed and insightful set of reflections on the question: what are we to make of the much-discussed 'rise' of China? Horner combines a wide-ranging specialist knowledge and an ability to look at the question from many angles, in succession. This is a unique and marvelous piece of deep reflection on some of the most important issues of history of our time." ----Arthur Waldron, Lauder Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

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China's sense of today and its view of tomorrow are both rooted in the past--and we need to understand that connection, says China scholar Charles Horner. In Rising China and Its Postmodern Fate, Horner offers a new interpretation of how China's changed view of its modern historical experience has also changed China's understanding of its long intellectual and cultural tradition. Spirited reevaluations of history, strategy, commerce, and literature are cooperating--and competing--to define the future.

The capstone of modern China was the founding of the People's Republic in 1949 and its rejection of Confucianism, capitalism, and modernity. Yet today's rising China retains few vestiges of what Mao wrought. What then, Horner asks, is post-Mao, postmodern China? Where did it come from? How did it get here? Where is it going?

Contemporary views of the great periods in Chinese history are having a significant influence on the development of rising China's national strategy, says Horner. He looks at the revival of interest in, and changing interpretations of, three dynasties--the Yuan (1280-1368), the Ming (1368-1644), and the Qing (1644-1912)--that, together with the People's Republic of China, provide examples of great power success.

The future of every major country is now connected to China's, and this book explains how China, now seeing itself as the complex and thriving result of the old and the new, is poised to change the world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Security and International Affairs
  • Library Binding: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; First edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820333344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820333342
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,849,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The behavior of normal Chinese citizens under the Maoist rule seems often hard to explain and even harder to comprehend. Why Chinese remained largely loyal under the duress of the Great Cultural Revolution, or under the Great Leap Forward, or after the Tiananmen crackdown? Horner reveals deep undercurrents of the Chinese culture that can help to understand the great resilience of Chinese society. A wonderful book.
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Horner's book ranges across topics as different as grand strategy, science fiction, and city planning and yet it manages to tie them all together in an easy, almost conversational tone. Very thought provocing.
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This book brings together a wide ranging series of topics, China's reappraisal of its history, foreign policy, literature, architecture, economic growth and more but all coming back to the same question of China's search for identity and in the background always with the looming question of modernity and Chineseness. Each chapter could could be a book.
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