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America's Response to China has long been the standard resource for a succinct, historically grounded assessment of an increasingly complicated relationship. Written by one of America's leading diplomatic historians, this book analyzes the concerns and conceptions that have shaped U.S.-China policy and examines their far-reaching outcomes. Warren I. Cohen begins with the mercantile interests of the newly independent American colonies and discusses subsequent events up to the Tiananmen Square massacre and the policies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. For this fifth edition, Cohen adds a chapter on America in the age of potential Chinese ascendance, envisioning future partnerships and the shrinking global influence of the United States. Trenchant and insightful, America's Response to China is critically important for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century.
Columbia University Press
In this updated edition of a classic work, Warren Cohen has expanded his original discussion to include sections on the Reagan administration and cultural relations among other topics.
— John King Fairbank
— Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
Warren Cohen... [is] the leading historian of Sino-American relations of his generation. This book has much to offer both newcomers to its subject as well as those who have been studying relations between these two countries nearly as long as its author.
Preface to the Fifth Edition Preface to the Fourth EditionPreface to the Third EditionPreface to the Second EditionPreface to the First EditionAcknowledgments to the Fifth EditionRomanization TablePrologue: The Barbarians and the Tribute System1. The Development of the Treaty System2. The United States as a Power in East Asia3. In the Light of the Rising Sun4. The Response to Chinese Nationalism5. China as an Abstraction — The Conflict with Japan6. Communism in China7. The Great Aberration8. Rapprochement — At Last9. In the Shadow of Tiananmen10. America in the Age of Chinese Power NotesBibliographical EssayIndex
Columbia University Press
Posted September 30, 2009
Foreign relations historian Warren I. Cohen does a masterly job of condensing more than 200 years of Sino-American history (up to the Clinton administration, so not including today's complex fiscal ties) into a brief, readable book. For the most part, his approach is factual and reportorial - Cohen avoids grand sweeps of theory and interpretation. However, to the untrained eye, this book may seem quite confusing: Cohen uses the Wade-Giles system of romanizing Chinese characters, rather than the more familiar pinyin system, and his organization of historic material is only very roughly chronological. Readers will nonetheless acquire a strong sense of the important themes, the major evolutionary stages and the prominent figures involved in the development of Sino-U.S. relations. getAbstract recommends this retrospective account to anyone with a professional, non-academic interest in the history of America's relationship with China.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.