Anglo-Chinese Encounters Since 1800: War, Trade, Science and Governance

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Mai 2003



Wang Gungwu's study of the relationship between China and the Chinese with imperial Britain examines the possibilities, as well as the limits of their encounters. Beyond the cliché s of opium, fighting, and the diplomatic skills needed to fend off rivals and enemies, Gungwu probes areas of more intimate encounters, not least of which is the beginning of a broader English-speaking future between the two countries.


1. Introduction; 2. To fight; 3. To trade; 4. To convert; 5. To rule; 6. Beyond Waley's list.


Wang Gungwu is Professor and Director, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.


'Wang is one of East Asia's most distinguished academics, and his book is based on a series of lectures he gave at Cambridge in the year 2000; the fluidity of prose reflects the text's oral origins, making the book a delight to read ... Another strength lies in the book's comparison of Anglo-American influences (Wang considers America to be the inheritor of Britain's imperial mantle) with those of Japan, Portugal and other countries that interacted with China in the imperial and immediate post-imperial periods. Asian Review of Books 'Wang's concise but wide-ranging provides new insights into the ... many layered interplay between two cultures. He synthesizes vast quantities of material, and even his casual asides will doubtless generate numerous books, doctoral dissertations, and articles by others. Countless students will assuredly be instructed to read this study, while the general reader will find it to be a splendid overview of the convoluted highways and byways of the Anglo-Chinese encounter. The Journal of Asian Studies ' ... a very enjoyable read ... good introductory text ... challenges Chinese historians to pry open the history of imperial exploitation in China and rethinks how the presence of these foreign actors allows certain fractions of the Chinese societies within and outside China proper to consolidate and reshape their identities.' Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
EAN: 9780521534130
ISBN: 0521534135
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2003
Seitenanzahl: 212 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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