The United States and China: A History from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

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This text offers the first comprehensive synthesis of the history of U.S.-Chinese relations from initial contact to the present. Balancing the modern (1784–1949) and contemporary (1949–) periods, Dong Wang tells the story of the interaction over the course of centuries between two of the world’s great powers from the perspective of both sides. The author explores key themes in each phase of the relationship and highlights important case studies for more in-depth treatment. She examines state-to-state diplomacy, ...
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Overview

This text offers the first comprehensive synthesis of the history of U.S.-Chinese relations from initial contact to the present. Balancing the modern (1784–1949) and contemporary (1949–) periods, Dong Wang tells the story of the interaction over the course of centuries between two of the world’s great powers from the perspective of both sides. The author explores key themes in each phase of the relationship and highlights important case studies for more in-depth treatment. She examines state-to-state diplomacy, as well as economic, social, military, religious, and cultural interplay within varying national and international contexts. In both form and content, these multi-faceted encounters have shaped one of the most significant bilateral relationships of our time. As China itself continue to grow in international importance, so does the U.S.–China relationship, and this book provides an essential grounding for understanding its past, present, and possible futures.
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Editorial Reviews

Rana Mitter
The relationship between the United States and China may be the single most important bilateral relationship in the modern world. Dong Wang's book is an extremely valuable guide to that relationship, combining history and international relations to give a powerful account of how the two countries first encountered each other, and why their interaction matters so much in the present day.
CHOICE
Wang has written a remarkable survey of Sino-American relations from the first encounter in 1784 to the present day. There are several surveys of Sino-American relations that primarily focus on the US side of the relationship, and none of these accounts has the depth of this volume. The author constructs her chapters in a manner that gives readers a deep understanding of both sides of the equation as the relationship has developed over more than 200 years. In addition, each chapter guides readers to additional sources to go even deeper into the subject. This book will be the standard account for many years to come of how the relationship has developed and changed over time. The comprehensive bibliography by itself, including both Chinese-language and English-language sources, is worth the price of the book. Strongly recommended for anyone interested in the complex relationship that has developed between two countries that each have their own vision of national greatness; should be standard reading for policy makers on both sides of the Pacific. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.
Pacific Affairs
The United States and China is well researched and written. This ambitious study is a useful contribution to the literature on the history of Chinese-American relations. This book stands out for its comprehensiveness and balance, and students of history and international relations will find it to be accessible and insightful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742557826
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/16/2013
  • Series: Asia/Pacific/Perspectives Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 1,103,825
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dong Wang is 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

Introduction
Part I: The Pacific Frontier and Qing China, 1784–1911
Chapter 1: Yankee Merchants and the China Trade
Chapter 2: Opium Wars and the Open Door
Chapter 3: Chinese Immigration: Roots in the United States?
Chapter 4: American Protestantism: Roots in China?
Part II: The United States and China in the Era of World Wars and Revolutions, 1912–1970
Chapter 5: Revolutions, Nationalism, and Internationalization
Chapter 6: The Pacific War and Red China
Chapter 7: Facing East and West: Agents of Encounter
Chapter 8: Deterrence and Negotiation: American-Chinese Relations during the Cold War
Part III: Rapprochement, the Default Superpower, and China Resurgent, 1970–Present
Chapter 9: Renewing the Bilateral Relationship, 1970–1989
Chapter 10: The China Market and the Allure of the United States
Chapter 11: Clashes and Cooperation
Chapter 12: China’s Catch-Up: A Game-Changer for America?
Epilogue

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