When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order: Second Edition Kindle Edition

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Starred Review. A convincing economic, political and cultural analysis of waning Western dominance and the rise of China and a new paradigm of modernity. Jacques (The Politics of Thatcherism) takes the pulse of the nation poised to become, by virtue of its scale and staggering rate of growth, the biggest market in the world. Jacques points to the decline of American hegemony and outlines specific elements of China's rising global power and how these are likely to influence international relations in the future. He imagines a world where China's distinct brand of modernity, rooted firmly in its ancient culture and traditions, will have a profound influence on attitudes toward work, family and even politics that will become a counterbalance to and eventually reverse the one-way flow of Westernization. He suggests that while China's economic prosperity may not necessarily translate into democracy, China's increased self-confidence is allowing it to project its political and cultural identity ever more widely as time goes on. As comprehensive as it is compelling, this brilliant book is crucial reading for anyone interested in understanding where the we are and where we are going. (Nov.)
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"Provocative... a fascinating account."
-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"[A] compelling and thought-provoking analysis of global trends.... Jacques is a superb explainer of history and economics, tracing broad trends with insight and skill."
-The Washington Post

"[An] exhaustive, incisive exploration of possibilities that many people have barely begun to contemplate about a future dominated by China. ... [Jacques] has written a work of considerable erudition, with provocative and often counterintuitive speculations about one of the most important questions facing the world today. And he could hardly have known, when he set out to write it, that events would so accelerate the trends he was analyzing."
-The New York Times Book Review

"The rise of China may well prove to be the defining economic and geopolitical change of our time, and few authors have given the subject deeper thought or offered a more illuminating analysis than Martin Jacques."
-Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money

"A clear wake-up call."
-Christian Science Monitor

"A clear-eyed look at how China's recent modernization will leapfrog Western 'superiority'."
-Kirkus Reviews

"An extremely impressive book, full of bold but credible predictions. ... I suspect the book will long be remembered for its foresight and insight."
-The Guardian (UK)

"Delivering a tour d'horizon of China's relations with foreign countries, Jacques envisions their future development as comparable to a comeback of imperial China's tributary system. Jacques' views will be discussion starters for trend-spotting students of the world scene."
-Booklist

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  • File Size: 14383 KB
  • Print Length: 830 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (October 15, 2009)
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SZUDI4
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