Quest for Power: European Imperialism and the Making of Chinese Statecraft

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"Quest for Power analyzes the origins of China's rise to great power status in the twentieth century. The author argues that the threat of European and Japanese imperialism triggered the most innovative state-building efforts since the foundation of the country's last dynasty in the mid 1600s. This claim casts doubt on the entire interpretive thrust of existing historical accounts of China during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, questioning their story of decline, weakness, and failure. Halsey instead argues ...

Quest for Power: European Imperialism and the Making of Chinese Statecraft 2015, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674425651

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