Discovering Chinese Nationalism in China: Modernization, Identity, and International Relations

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This book explores the complicated nature of China's new nationalism and presents the reader with a very different picture to that portrayed in Western readings on Chinese nationalism. Yongnian Zheng argues that China's new nationalism has been a reaction to changes in the country's international circumstances and can be regarded as a "voice" over the existing unjustified international order. Zheng shows that the present Chinese leadership is pursuing strategies not to isolate China, but to integrate it into the ...

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This book explores the complicated nature of China's new nationalism and presents the reader with a very different picture to that portrayed in Western readings on Chinese nationalism. Yongnian Zheng argues that China's new nationalism has been a reaction to changes in the country's international circumstances and can be regarded as a "voice" over the existing unjustified international order. Zheng shows that the present Chinese leadership is pursuing strategies not to isolate China, but to integrate it into the international community.

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Joseph Fewsmith
Anyone interested in where China is going should read and assign this book.
—(Joseph Fewsmith, Boston University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521641807
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations of Cited Chinese Newspapers and Journals
1 Discovering Chinese Nationalism in China 1
Realism, Liberalism, and Chinese Nationalism 4
A Chinese Understanding of China's New Nationalism 9
National Identity and International Behavior 10
Chinese Problems and Nationalism 14
2 Nationalism and Statism: Chinese Perceptions of the Crisis of State Power 21
Nationalism and Statism in Modern China 22
Decentralization and Development 29
The Rise of Ethnic Nationalism 35
The Perceptions of the Crisis of State Power and the Rise of Statism 38
3 Identity Crisis, the "New Left" and Anti-Westernization 46
Search for New National Identities: Modernization vs "Westernization" 48
The Rise of the New Left 52
Against Institutional Fetishism 53
"Localizing" Chinese Discourse of Economic Reforms 56
"Catch-up" vs "Comparative Advantage" 57
New Collectivism or Neo-Maoism 62
Political and Economic Democracy 64
4 The Clash of Civilizations? Confucian vs Christian Civilizations 67
Ethnicity and Nationalism in Modern China 67
Confucian Nationalism? 70
The Clash of Civilizations? 76
The Confucian Civilization and World Peace 80
A Transformation of Nationalism? 82
5 The Official Discourse of Nationalism: Patriotism and the Constraints of Nationalism 87
Patriotism as Official Nationalism 89
Civilian-Military Coalition and Official Campaign 102
6 New Identity, National Interest, and International Behavior 111
"Comprehensive National Power" 114
National Interest in the Post-Cold War Era 122
New Identity and Foreign Behavior: Three Cases 126
7 Identity Transition and Chinese Power: To What End China's New Nationalism? 139
"Voice": China's Strategic Choice in the Post-Cold War Era 139
Realists: Perception and National Choice 142
Liberalism, Globalism, and Nationalism 147
"Voice", Discontent, and Cooperation 153
Notes 160
Bibliography 164
Index 185
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