Becoming China

The Story Behind the State
Bloomsbury Caravel (Verlag)
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  • erschienen am 9. November 2017
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  • 784 Seiten
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One of the two most powerful states in the world, China continues to be seen as a mystery even after decades of an open door. How does China work, what does it want, why does it want it, and what does its rise to global power mean for the rest of the world? As the twenty-first century looks set to be the stage for a battle about competing geopolitical ideals, these are urgent questions for everyone with an interest in what the future might bring.

Epic in scope, this is the story of how China became the state it is today and how its worldview is based on what has gone before. Weaving together inspirations, ideas, wars and dreams to reveal the heart of what it means to be Chinese and how the past impacts on the present.

Despite decades of a relatively open door relationship with the rest of the world, China is still a mystery to many outside it. A world of its own, China is both a microcosm and an amplification of questions and events in the wider world. China's story offers us an opportunity to hold a mirror to ourselves: to our own assumptions, to our values, and to our ideas about the most important question of all: what it means to be human in the world of the state.
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  • Englisch
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  • Großbritannien
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978-1-4088-8725-7 (9781408887257)
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Jeanne-Marie is a British barrister who has lived, worked and thought in China for over 25 years, establishing one of the earliest advisory firms, and the first to include a think tank. She is known for the very human perspective that she brings to complex global questions. She is a SOAS alumna and a Senior Fellow of the SOAS China Institute. Some years ago, she set out to understand how China became the state that it is today: the result is Becoming China, the Story Behind the State (Bloomsbury, 2017).
Leaders and Dynasties, pXI
The People's Republic of China, pXII
Preface, pXIV
Author's Note, pXXVI
A Note on the Chinese Language and Voices, pXXVIII
List of Maps, pXXX
List of Illustrations, pXXXI

Book I: From the Beginning

Part 1: A Heavenly Empire
Chapter 1: The Mists of Time, p3
Chapter 2: A Heavenly People, p5
Chapter 3: Heaven on Earth? p19
Chapter 4: A Single Heart, p43

Part 2: Dreams
Chapter 1: One Heaven, One Earth, p67
Chapter 2: A Bright Idea, p99
Chapter 3: This World and Beyond, p127

Part 3: Whose Heaven?
Chapter 1: Someone Else's Sky, p163
Chapter 2: Rivers of Fortune, p189
Chapter 3: Imagine a People, p211

Book II: Twentieth Century Ideas

Part 4: Up in the City
Chapter 1: Midnight, p257
Chapter 2: A Brave New World, 287
Chapter 3: Thinking Again, 327

Part 5: Down in the Countryside
Chapter 1: Snow in Summer, p359
Chapter 2: Leaping Ahead, p381
Chapter 3: Winds, and More Winds, p403

Part 6: Great Man
Chapter 1: Full Speed Ahead, p427
Chapter 2: Nature's Trails, p465
Chapter 3: The Edges of Order, p491

Book III: What Came Next

Part 7: How Many Suns?
Chapter 1: The Heavenly Party, p533
Chapter 2: Earth Below, p567
Chapter 3: Being Chinese, p595

Conclusion: Becoming China, p637
Key Sources and Further Reading: A Short Bibliographic Note, p693
Index, p727

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