The Sextants of Beijing: Global Currents in Chinese History

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Overview

This powerful work puts to rest the long-held myth that Chinese civilization is monolithic, unchanging, and perennially cut off from the rest of the world.
An inviting history of China from the days of the ancient Silk Road to the present, this book describes a civilization more open and engaged with the rest of the world than we think. Whether in trade, religious belief, ideology, or technology, China has long taken part in fruitful exchange with other cultures. With implications for our understanding of and our policies toward China, this is a must read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393320510
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Waley-Cohen is professor of history at New York University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Early Chinese Cosmopolitanism 11
The Idealized Chinese Worldview
The Early Imperial Age, 206 B.C.-A.D. 581
Early Buddhism
The Multicultural Ambience of Tang China, 618-907
Trade and International Exchange under the Tang
The Exchange of Ideas under the Tang
Diplomacy
Foreign Religions
Commercial and Maritime Expansion under the Song, 960-1276
The Mongol Yuan, 1276-1368
The Ming Empire, 1368-1644
The Advent of Europeans and the Impact of the Silver Trade
2 China and Catholicism in the Sixteenth through Eighteenth Centuries 55
Late Ming China
Qing Conquest, Ming Loyalism
The Early Catholic Missions to China
Jesuit Mission Policies
Christianity, Religious Beliefs, and "Superstition"
Breaking the Law
The Decline of Catholic Influence in China
Christianity and Buddhism: A Comparison
3 Foreign Goods and Foreign Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century 92
War and Diplomacy in the High Qing
Trade
The Macartney Embassy
China and European Arts and Sciences
Astronomy and Mathematics
Cartography
Art and Architecture
Artillery
Chinese Abroad
Origins of a Stereotype
4 The Turning of the Tables, 1796-1860 129
China in the Early Nineteenth Century
Foreigners in China
The First Opium War, 1839-1842
Chinese Mobilization
The Treaty of Nanjing, 1842
The Rise of Shanghai
Chinese Emigration
The Taiping Rebellion
The Russians, the British, and the French, 1856-1860
5 Shields and Swords, 1860-1914 166
Decline and Fall
The Foreign Presence
New Diplomacy
Christian Missionaries
Military Reform
Industrialization
The Boxers
Changes in Education
Study Overseas
Opium and Footbinding
Early Popular Action against Foreigners
6 Overcoming Habits of Mind, 1914-1949 207
Empire to Republic
China and Versailles
New Culture, New Politics
Work-Study
The Guomindang, the Chinese Communists, and the Soviet Union
Flirting with Fascism under Nationalist Rule, 1927-1937
Rural Reconstruction
The Guomindang, the Communists, and Japan
China and the Western Allies in World War Two
Wartime Culture
Aftermath of War
Bringing Foreign Domination to an End
7 Culture and Conflict, 1949-1997 247
The Korean War
New World Standing
China and the Soviet Union
China and the Vietnam War
The Cultural Revolution
Normalization of Relations with the United States
After Mao
The 1980s
Christianity under the People's Republic
Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang
Adjusting Perspective
Culture and the Nation
Tiananmen, 1989
China after Tiananmen
Conclusion 283
Notes 287
Further Readings 293
Index 299
Maps
1. Contemporary China xii
2. The World of Tang China 22
3. The World of Late Ming China 50
4. The Treaty Ports 149
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