China's Unequal Treaties

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China's Unequal Treaties offers the first systematic study, based on primary sources, of the linguistic development and polemical uses of the expression "Unequal Treaties" in different historical and political contexts from 1842 to the present. This book illuminates how various Chinese political forces have defined and redefined the past using the framework of the "Unequal Treaties."

About the Author:
Dong Wang is professor of history and executive director of the East-West Institute of International Studies at Gordon College

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Editorial Reviews

The China Journal
Provides a new perspective for viewing unequal treaties rhetoric as a dynamic concept linked up with the construction of national identity.
— Samual Chan
The International History Review
I would recommend the book to my students.
— J.Y. Wong, University of Sydney
Paul A. Cohen
This is a perceptive study of a vitally important topic. Dong Wang is less interested in the unequal treaties as such than in the range of discourses (moral, legal, and rhetorical) they have elicited over the past century and the tie-ins between these discourses and Chinese politics and nationalism. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the historical underpinnings of China's current view of the world and its place in it.
The China Journal - Samual Chan
Provides a new perspective for viewing unequal treaties rhetoric as a dynamic concept linked up with the construction of national identity.
The International History Review - J.Y. Wong
I would recommend the book to my students.
Daniel Bays
This insightful book shows masterful control of a wide range of Chinese and Western sources, and spans the mid-nineteenth century to the present in an interpretive tour de force. Historians of modern China will never again look at the Unequal Treaties in quite the same way. In analyzing and interpreting the construction and then the contested discourse centered on these treaties, and what they came to mean for almost a century of symbolic importance to Chinese nationalism, she has given us a fresh look at an unexamined but central theme in the changing dynamics of Chinese visions of their own modern history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739128060
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: AsiaWorld Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dong Wang is chair professor of contemporary Chinese history and director of the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku in Finland.

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Table of Contents

1 Tracing the contours of the unequal treaties in imperial China, 1840-1911 9
2 Implementing and contesting international law : the unequal treaties and the foreign ministry of the Beijing Government, 1912-1928 35
3 Disseminating the rhetoric of Bupingdeng Tiaoyue, 1923-1927 63
4 Redeeming a century of national ignominy : nationalism and party rivalry over the unequal treaties, 1928-1947 87
5 Universalizing international law and the Chinese study of the unequal treaties : the paradox of equality and inequality 113
Conclusion : defining and redefining the past 135
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