Beautiful Imperialist: China Perceives America, 1972-1990 / Edition 1

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Overview

From President Nixon's historic visit to China in 1972 to the aftermath of the Tiananmen tragedy, this book examines the changing perceptions of the United States articulated by China's "America Watchers," whose occupation is to interpret the "beautiful imperialist" for China's elite and public. While other studies have looked at the behavioral history of U.S.-China relations, this is the first to probe the perceptual dimension.

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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
This path-breaking study . . . concludes that there is a large perception gap in U.S.-China relations. . . . [Both] sides are imbued with a severe case of cognitive dissonance, wishful thinking, misinformation, and misperception.
— Donald S. Zagoria
The China Quarterly
David Shambaugh has uncovered a story that shocks and dismays me because I for one . . . was innocent of the extent to which the supposedly best-informed Chinese are both ignorant and critical of America.
— Lucian W. Pye
The American Asian Review
An important, pioneering study by one of a select group of younger American IR specialists. . . .
— John Watt
The China Quarterly - Lucian W. Pye
David Shambaugh has uncovered a story that shocks and dismays me because I for one . . . was innocent of the extent to which the supposedly best-informed Chinese are both ignorant and critical of America.
The American Asian Review - John Watt
An important, pioneering study by one of a select group of younger American IR specialists. . . .
Foreign Affairs - Donald S. Zagoria
This path-breaking study . . . concludes that there is a large perception gap in U.S.-China relations. . . . [Both] sides are imbued with a severe case of cognitive dissonance, wishful thinking, misinformation, and misperception.
From the Publisher
"David Shambaugh has uncovered a story that shocks and dismays me because I for one . . . was innocent of the extent to which the supposedly best-informed Chinese are both ignorant and critical of America."—Lucian W. Pye, The China Quarterly

"An important, pioneering study by one of a select group of younger American IR specialists. . . ."—John Watt, The American Asian Review

"This path-breaking study . . . concludes that there is a large perception gap in U.S.-China relations. . . . [Both] sides are imbued with a severe case of cognitive dissonance, wishful thinking, misinformation, and misperception."—Donald S. Zagoria, Foreign Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691024868
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 5/3/1993
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Abbreviations xv
1 Introduction 3
2 Ideological Foundations 42
3 The American Economy 85
4 American Society 137
5 The American Polity 165
6 American Foreign Policy 226
7 Conclusion 277
Name Index 305
Subject Index 315
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