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Fall and Rise of China
Author: Paul U. Unschuld

ISBN: 9781780231686
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 2 September 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.0 x 1.5
Description:
Today, China is a global power, home to the world's fastest-growing economy and largest standing army--which makes it hard to believe that only 150 years ago, China was enduring defeats by Western imperial powers and neighboring Japan. For a time, the Middle Kingdom seemed like it was on the verge of being overtaken by foreign interests--but the country has quickly and ambitiously become a player on the world stage once again. In this absorbing account of how China refashioned itself, Paul U. Unschuld traces the course of the country's development in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Faced with evidence of the superiority of Western science and technology, Unschuld shows, China delivered an unsparing self-diagnosis, identifying those aspects of Western civilization it had to adopt in order to remove the cultural impediments to its own renaissance. He reveals that China did not just express its many aversions to the West as collective hatred for its aggressors; rather, the country chose the path of reason and fundamental renewal, prescribing for itself a therapy that followed the same principles as Chinese medicine: the cause of an illness lies first and f...

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