The Mind of Empire: China's History and Modern Foreign Relations

The Mind of Empire: China's History and Modern Foreign Relations

by Christopher A. Ford


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813165431
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 06/29/2015
Series: Asia in the New Millennium Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 394
Sales rank: 440,693
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Christopher A. Ford is Senior Counsel for National Security Policy at the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. He previously served as Republican Chief Counsel at the Senate Committee on Appropriations, as a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, United States Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. He is the author of The Mind of Empire: China's History and Modern Foreign Relations.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

1 An Emergent China and the Weight of History 7

2 History Lessons 19

3 Confucian Conceptions of Order 29

4 Power and Order in Other Chinese Traditions 39

5 Western Assumptions about International Order 59

6 Sinic Universalism in Theory and Practice 79

7 The Prehistory of Foreign Engagement 89

8 Engagement and Status Conflict 121

9 Through Formal Equality to Inferiority 141

10 China's Loss of Its Dependencies 157

11 Imperial Denouement 165

12 Intellectual Ferment in the Nationalist Era 181

13 Mao and the Middle Kingdom 189

14 China and the Foreign Other 217

15 Conceptual Currents 235

16 China Imagines Its World… and Its Future 249

Notes 283

Index 371

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