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Out of China: How the Chinese Ended the Era of Western Domination

Out of China: How the Chinese Ended the Era of Western Domination
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Out of China: How the Chinese Ended the Era of Western Domination
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  • ISBN: 9780718192396
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Even at the high noon of Europe's empire-building China managed to be one of the handful of countries not to succumb. Invaded, humiliated and looted, China nonetheless kept its sovereignty. Robert Bickers' major new book is the first to describe fully what has proved to be one of the modern era's most important stories: the long, often agonizing process by which the Chinese had by the end of the twentieth century regained control of their own country.

Out of China uses a brilliant array of unusual, strange and vivid sources to recreate a now fantastically remote world: the corrupt, lurid modernity of pre-war Shanghai, the often tiny patches of 'extra-territorial' land controlled by European powers (one of which, unnoticed, had mostly toppled into a river), the entrepôts of Hong Kong and Macao, and the myriad means, through armed threats, technology and legal chicanery, by which China was kept subservient until, gradually, it emerged from Western control. That struggle continued until the end of the twentieth century, through the Cold War and its aftermath, and shaped both Chiang Kai-shek's rule in Taiwan and the China of Mao Zedong and his successors.

Today Chinese nationalism stays firmly rooted in memories of its degraded past - the quest for self-sufficiency, the determination to assert China's standing in the world, to stake its outstanding territorial claims, and never to be vulnerable to renewed attack. History matters deeply to Beijing's current rulers - and Out of China explains why.

It is a pleasure to read the fruits of his mature scholarship as he revisits familiar ground, puncturing myths and putting British and Chinese views into reciprocal perspective (Michael Sheridan The Sunday Times)

Robert Bickers is a pre-eminent chronicler of China... a great story told with splashes of colour and sharp wit (Jonathan Fenby Literary Review)

This detailed account valuably reconstructs the west's recent cultural malfeasance in China, and also challenges the simple, propaganda narrative that the CCP tells about its deliverance of China from Colonial aggressors (Julia Lovell Prospect)

Detalii
Autor BICKERT, Robert
An apariţie 2018
Editura Penguin
Nr pagini 576
Dimensiuni 20 x 13 cm
Format Paperback, B
Cuvinte cheie: bickert robert