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Great State: China and the World

Timothy Brook

The world-renowned scholar and author of Vermeer's Hat does for China what Mary Beard did for Rome in SPQR Timothy Brook analyzes the last eight centuries of China's relationship with the world in this magnificent history that brings together accounts from civil servants, horse traders, spiritual leaders, explorers, pirates, emperors, migrant workers, invaders, visionaries, and traitors--creating a multifaceted portrait of this highly misunderstood nation.

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Book Information

Publisher: Harper.
Publish Date: 03/17/2020
Pages: 464
ISBN-13: 9780062950987
ISBN-10: 0062950983
Language: English

What We're Saying

March 20, 2020

Great State: China and the World

By Dylan Schleicher

"The book is an epic history of China that I can’t hope to encapsulate in such a brief review, the story of a nation “in international contexts and on global scales.” But the stories Brook tells are those of individuals that played a part in that history, sometimes far outside the borders of the modern Chinese state." READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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The world-renowned scholar and author of Vermeer's Hat does for China what Mary Beard did for Rome in SPQR Timothy Brook analyzes the last eight centuries of China's relationship with the world in this magnificent history that brings together accounts from civil servants, horse traders, spiritual leaders, explorers, pirates, emperors, migrant workers, invaders, visionaries, and traitors--creating a multifaceted portrait of this highly misunderstood nation.

China is one of the oldest states in the world. It achieved its approximate current borders with the Ascendancy of the Yuan dynasty in the thirteenth century, and despite the passing of one Imperial dynasty to the next, has maintained them for the eight centuries since. China remained China through the Ming, the Qing, the Republic, the Occupation, and Communism. But despite the desires of some of the most powerful people in the Great State through the ages, China has never been alone in the world. It has had to contend with invaders as well as foreign traders and imperialists. Its rulers for the majority of the last eight centuries have not been Chinese.

China became a mega-state not by conquering others, Timothy Brook contends, but rather by being conquered by others and then claiming right of succession to the empires of those Great States. What the Mongols and Manchu ruling families wrought, the Chinese ruling families of the Ming, the Republic, and the People's Republic, have perpetuated. Yet a contemporary Chinese idea of a 'fatherland' that is, and always has been, completely and naturally Chinese persists. Brook argues that China, like everywhere, is the outcome of history, and like every state, rests on its capacities to conquer and suppress.

In The Great State, Brook examines China's relationship with the world at large for the first time, from the Yuan through to the present, by following the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people navigating the spaces where China met, and continues to meet, the world.

The Great State includes a 16-page color insert.

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