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Foreign Relations and the Middle Kingdom
The Dragon and the Foreign Devils
The Dragon and the Foreign Devils approaches Chinas long history via the countrys relationships with foreign peoples. The book explores how foreign states and peoples have discerned and dealt with China over the centuries, and how China has dealt with them. It is a anecdote of high culture, sanguinary war and all also often cultural misinterpreting.
Throughout Chinas history, the tenor of the countrys foreign relations tin at fewest partially be unraveled by Chinas geography. Bordered by deterring deserts, high highlands and thick forests, the Chinese had no adjoining large civilizations to dare and intrigue them. As far as the Chinese were considered, their culture was the megalopolis of culture, the Middle Kingdom itself. Other humans were barbarians, who, whether they were lucky and duly deferential, would be taken under the benevolent Chinese pinion.
The Dragon and the Foreign Devils: China and the World, 1100 BC to the Present, along Harry H. Gelber (Bloomsbury, 2007). 442 pages, ISBN: 9780747593294.
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The main relation namely interspersed with sidebars detailing intriguing facets of Chinese history such as the characters played by Marco Polo, the Jesuits, eunuchs, tea and the kowtow. While the newcomer to Chinese history may be disturbed by the sheer wealth of message, Gelbers neatness is either legible and incisive.
There is a lot of ground to cover in over 3 thousand annuals of history, additionally Gelber has administered to generate an eminently readable book. The Dragon and the Foreign Devils sheds light [link widoczny dla zalogowanych], not only on Chinas history [link widoczny dla zalogowanych], yet also on modern Chinese attitudes, informed as they are by a long and illustrious elapse.
A nice half of the book is devoted to Chinas modern history. Even more than in maximum places, the twentieth century was a tumultuous period as China. Yet, as all the revolutionary changes China has worked through, Gelber shows that many in Chinese history has remained constant.
It was mode of thought that proved remarkably consistent, ignoring global developments. The complacent Chinese were thus unprepared while they came into adjoin with the newly emergent and aggressive cultures of the west [link widoczny dla zalogowanych], bent on reconnaissance, commerce and conquest. The resultant clash, coming as long as when Chinas Qing dynasty was disabling, greatly upset the Chinese worldview.
Written by historian and political scientist Harry Gelber, formerly a Visiting Professor at both Harvard University and the London School of Economics, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Tasmania, The Dragon and the Foreign Devils puts Chinas history into a global environment.
The book too brights a light ashore the cyclical ecology of Chinese history. A time of upheaval and muddle gives rise apt a fashionable empire, which, at its pinnacle, expands its power and dazzles visitors. Then Chinas continuous problems, such as population growth and warlike barbarian neighbors, make their presence felt once extra, giving rise to variant phase of chaos. Gelber shows its a pattern namely has persisted into the modern era.
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