China's Unequal Treaties: Narrating National History

China's Unequal Treaties: Narrating National History

by Dong Wang
     
 

ISBN-10: 073912806X

ISBN-13: 9780739128060

Pub. Date: 04/29/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

This study, based on primary sources, deals with the linguistic development and polemical uses of the expression Unequal Treaties, which refers to the treaties China signed between 1842 and 1946. Although this expression has occupied a central position in both Chinese collective memory and Chinese and English historiographies, this is the first book to offer an

Overview

This study, based on primary sources, deals with the linguistic development and polemical uses of the expression Unequal Treaties, which refers to the treaties China signed between 1842 and 1946. Although this expression has occupied a central position in both Chinese collective memory and Chinese and English historiographies, this is the first book to offer an in-depth examination of China's encounters with the outside world as manifested in the rhetoric surrounding the Unequal Treaties. Author Dong Wang argues that competing forces within China have narrated and renarrated the history of the treaties in an effort to consolidate national unity, international independence, and political legitimacy and authority. In the twentieth century, she shows, China's experience with these treaties helped to determine their use of international law. Of great relevance for students of contemporary China and Chinese history, as well as Chinese international law and politics, this book illuminates how various Chinese political actors have defined and redefined the past using the framework of the Unequal Treaties.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739128060
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Series:
AsiaWorld Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Tracing the Contours of the "Unequal Treaties" in Imperial China, 1840-1911 Chapter 3 Implementing and Contesting International Law: The "Unequal Treaties" and the Foreign Ministry of the Beijing Government, 1912-1928 Chapter 4 Disseminating the Rhetoric of Bupingdeng Tiaoyue, 1923-1927 Chapter 5 Redeeming "a Century of National Ignominy:" Nationalism and Party Rivalry over the Unequal Treaties, 1928-1947 Chapter 6 Universalizing International Law and the Chinese Study of the Unequal Treaties: The Paradox of Equality and Inequality Chapter 7 Conclusion: Defining and Redefining the Past Chapter 8 Glossary

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