The Presidency and the Middle Kingdom: China, the United States, and Executive Leadership

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Lexington Books, 2000 - Political Science - 237 pages
In this book Michael Riccards, renowned scholar of the American presidency, focuses his study on the vagaries of presidential leadership between nations. Tracing the history of the often difficult and contentious diplomatic relations between the United States and China, Riccards describes and analyzes various meetings and interactions. He concludes that war and trade necessities intimately bound the histories of both nations--often in spite of their individual rhetoric and initiatives. Students and scholars whose focus is the points of contact between U.S. and Asian history will find this book essential reading.
 

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Contents

The Ancient Nation and the Young Republic
1
The Open Door and the Politics of Exclusion
31
Thirty Years of Conflict
71
China and America Become Enemies
109
The Politics of the Cold War
143
The Uneasy Reconciliation
179
Epilogue
223
Recent Chinese Dynasties
225
US Presidents and Their Secretaries of State
227
Index
231
About the Author
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Michael P. Riccards is currently President of Fitchburg State College. He is the author of The Ferocious Engine of Democracy: A History of the American Presidency (1997, 2 vols.) and The Vicars of Christ: Popes, Power, and Politics in the Modern World (1998).

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