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China and the Great War: China's Pursuit of a New National Identity and Internationalization
     

China and the Great War: China's Pursuit of a New National Identity and Internationalization

by Guoqi Xu
 

ISBN-10: 0521842123

ISBN-13: 9780521842129

Pub. Date: 05/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

China's role in the First World War has been a curiously neglected topic. This 2005 book is a full-length study of China's involvement in the conflict from perspectives of international history, using largely unknown archival materials from China, France, Germany, UK, and USA. It explains why China wanted to join the war and what were its contributions to the war

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China's role in the First World War has been a curiously neglected topic. This 2005 book is a full-length study of China's involvement in the conflict from perspectives of international history, using largely unknown archival materials from China, France, Germany, UK, and USA. It explains why China wanted to join the war and what were its contributions to the war effort and the emerging world order in the postwar period. The book also demonstrates that China's participation in the First World War was not only a defining moment in modern Chinese and world history, but also the beginning of China's long journey toward internationalization. In this provocative book, Professor Xu adds a new dimension to our collective memory of the war, its tragedy and its significance, and restores the China war memory into its rightful place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521842129
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Series:
Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare Series , #20
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Stage Is Set: 1. China's preparation for entry into the international system; 2. The rise of Chinese internationalism and the new diplomacy; Part II. China Attempts to Join the War: 3. China responses to the outbreak of war; 4. 'Using laborers as soldiers' - an alternative strategy; 5. China's formal entry into the war; Part III. The Great War in Chinese Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations: 6. The war within; 7. The 1919 Paris Peace Conference and China's search for a new world order; Conclusion.

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