The New Chinese Empire: And what it Means for the United States

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Basic Books, Mar 27, 2003 - Political Science - 384 pages
Some observers expect China to become an economic superpower. Others expect it to fragment into pieces. Is China nationalistic and on the march, or is it a stumbling Communist dinosaur? Is it already a billion-citizen member of the global village? Is it, as the Clinton administration claimed, a "strategic partner" of the U.S.?Ross Terrill addresses the question upon which all these others depend: Is the People's Republic of China, whose polity is a hybrid of Chinese tradition and Western Marxism, willing to become a modern nation or does it insist on remaining an empire? Since the collapse of three thousand years of Confucian monarchy in 1911, China has neither established a successful political system nor adjusted to being a nation state. Today it stands as the most contradictory of major powers, hovering between an unsustainable tradition and a yet-to-be-born political form that would support its new society and economy. Hanging in the balance are the prospect for freedom within China (for both Chinese and non-Chinese citizens of the People's Republic), the future of America's relations with China, and the security of China's neighbors.Drawing upon Terrill's long experience studying China as well as upon new research, this enlightening and rigorous book will be a must-read for everyone who has a stake in the future of the global world order.
 

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Contents

THE PROBLEM OF CHINA
1
HOW THE CHINESE IMPERIAL STATE WAS FORMED
29
WE ARE THE WORLD An Imperial Tradition Both Defensive and Superior
55
THE KING IS DEAD LONG LIVE THE KING The PostDynastic Quest for a New Political Order
87
RED EMPEROR
117
YOUR MOTHER IS STILL YOUR MOTHER
139
BEIJING JUGGLES THE LEGACY OF EMPIRE
179
MARITIME EMPIRE
205
STEPPE EMPIRE
229
FOREIGN POLICY Imperial Goals and Modes
253
FOREIGN POLICY HalfEmpire and HalfModern Nation
279
AUTOCRACYS LAST LEGS?
305
BIBLIOGRAPHY
343
INDEX
365
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Ross Terrillis an associate in research at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard. He has written several books on China, includingMao: A Biography, which has been translated into seven languages,Madame Mao, andChina in our Time. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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