> China Imagined: From European Fantasy to Spectacular Power

China Imagined: From European Fantasy to Spectacular Power

China Imagined: From European Fantasy to Spectacular Power

ISBN: 9781787380165

Author: Gregory B Lee

Format: Hardback

Price: AUD $29.95
RRP: AUD $39.95

How did China become China? And where is it leading us? We talk as if it had always existed: eternal China with its 5,000 years of uninterrupted history. But the name 'China' was first used by sixteenth-century Europeans, and its Chinese equivalent, Zhongguo, only gained currency in the mid-1800s. China Imagined is a thoughtful exploration of the idea of China, from the naming and mapping of its territory and peoples to the creation and rise of the modern nation-state. China's early history describes a multilingual space, ruled by a homogeneous elite with its own minority culture--a far cry from Maoism's national mass culture, or Xi Jinping's state-controlled digital society today. Gregory Lee traces this complex, diverse entity's evolution since the Opium Wars into a China made in 'our' image. Today, it is a great power integral to the global system, whether it comes to climate change, security or inequality. Given this rapid convergence with the West, Xi's China holds up a mirror to our own nations. Trump's America, Putin's Russia and post- Brexit Europe all betray echoes of the 'Chinese Dream'. If China is a product of Westernisation, is it now the West's turn to become China?

Book Title: China Imagined: From European Fantasy to Spectacular Power
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Title Release: December 2018
ISBN: 9781787380165
Author: Gregory B Lee
Format: Hardback
About the Author: Gregory B. Lee is Professor of Chinese and Transcultural Studies at the University of Lyon. He has previously taught at SOAS, Cambridge, Chicago and Hong Kong universities and also worked as a China analyst at the BBC, broadcasting on Chinese and Hong Kong affairs. He is a fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities.

Submit your review

Be one of the first to review the China Imagined: From European Fantasy to Spectacular Power.

If you purchased this product with a shop account, please login before reviewing the product.

First Name:*
Last Name:*
(Won't be shown in the review)
Email:*
(Won't be shown in the review)
Where are you from? (suburb,state and/or country)
Your rating:
Your review:
Subject:

Recommended Products

Costliest Pearl: Chinas Struggle for Indias Ocean
Price: AUD $41.95
RRP: AUD $55.00
Belt & Road: Sinews of Chinese Power
Price: AUD $37.95
RRP: AUD $49.95
Mirrorlands: Russia China & Journeys in Between
Price: AUD $37.95
RRP: AUD $49.95