The Sextants of Beijing: Global Currents in Chinese History

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 17, 2000 - History - 322 pages
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This powerful work puts to rest the long-held myth that Chinese civilization is monolithic, unchanging, and perennially cut off from the rest of the world.

An inviting history of China from the days of the ancient Silk Road to the present, this book describes a civilization more open and engaged with the rest of the world than we think. Whether in trade, religious belief, ideology, or technology, China has long taken part in fruitful exchange with other cultures. With implications for our understanding of and our policies toward China, this is a must read.

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Waley-Cohen, an eminent scholar and professor of Chinese history at New York University, seeks to debunk the stereotype of China as isolationist by providing a pithy analysis of Chinese history from ... Read full review

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Thoroughly revisionist, but altogether stimulating look at China's relations with the 'West' throughout its history, making the country's past much more difficult to explain in terms of the typical ... Read full review

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Joanna Waley-Cohen is professor of history at New York University.

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