The Dragon and the Foreign Devils: China and the World, 1100 B.C. to the Present

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Apr 5, 2011 - History - 512 pages
China is the most exciting rising power in the world today. The fact that China may be the next superpower attracts endless interest from all quarters-yet China is still utterly inscrutable to most outsiders. In The Dragon and the Foreign Devils, Harry Gelber illuminates China's present by looking at the broad sweep of foreign relations in its past. From the incursions by the steppe horsemen and the Mongol conquests to the first arrival of European travelers, foreign fascination with China has followed certain patterns: curiosity, admiration, and greed for trade or territory. But, as China gradually rises from the turbulence in the wake of Mao Zedong to the economic growth and political stability of the twenty-first century, the dynamic between East and West has slowly shifted. Essential reading for anyone interested in China and its evolving relations with foreigners, The Dragon and the Foreign Devils breaks down the walls between East and West and shines a light on the recurring cycles of Chinese history.

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From the Han to the Sui 206 BC to AD 581
The Sui Tang and Song AD 581 to 1276
The Coming of the Mongols AD 1210 to 1368
The Ming South Sea Barbarians and Missionaries AD 1368 to 1644
Manchus and Russians AD 1644 to 1727
Europeans Missions and Trade AD 1719 to 1816
The Mandate of Heaven Dissolves AD 1816 to 1860
Collapse and Revolution AD 1860 to 1911
The Dragon as Pawn AD 1912 to 1941
China in a New World Order AD 1941 to 1949
The New Emperor AD 1949 to 1976
Reassertion AD 1976 to 2001
Towards the Future?

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About the author (2011)

Harry Gelber is an internationally renowned scholar of history and political science. He is the author of thirteen books and numerous papers and articles. He has taught at Harvard, Boston University, and the London School of Economics, among many others.

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