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Revisiting the

Revisiting the "Sick Man of Asia": Discourses of Weakness in Late 19th and Early 20th Century China


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In the late nineteenth century, a conviction that China was somehow weaker than other political states in Asia and the West spread across the nation. Responses to this dispiriting notion manifested themselves in cultural and political forms, affecting such disparate arenas as popular writing and national resource mobilization. This book shows how, more than a century later, modern China has yet to fully shake the idea of weakness, arguing that the country’s Communist leadership relies on this trope to shore up their popularity when they position themselves as the only defense against national humiliation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783593509020
Publisher: Campus Verlag
Publication date: 11/15/2019
Series: Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes, Volume 1 Series
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Iwo Amelung is professor of Sinology at Goethe University Frankfurt. Sebastian Riebold is research assistant at DFG Collaborative Research Center 1095.