Becoming China: The Story Behind the State

Becoming China: The Story Behind the State

By: Jeanne-Marie Gescher (author)Hardback

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Weaving together the inspirations, ideas, wars and dreams that have shaped the way China's people have thought about order from the ancient past to the recent present, Gescher reveals a story of China as an epic and continuing battle about order that strikes at the heart of what it means to be Chinese. With the past in perspective, the clashes between China's people and the Party come to life as never before-and the importance of China's question becomes clear for everything, including economics. In a thought provoking conclusion, Gescher invites readers to make their own, informed, views about how order might be found in China-and then to take one step further and apply China's question to the wider world. Jeanne-Marie Gescher founded of one of the earliest private advisory firms in China, she has also observed and advised policy institutions on the social, human and environmental changes that have taken place and on their implications, for China and the wider world. Jeanne-Marie has been honorary legal advisor to successive British ambassadors to the PRC from 1989 to 2015; she is a twice-elected former chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in China. Prior to China, she worked as a legal advisor with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), as a trade and competition lawyer in Brussels, and as a lecturer in law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University). In 2001, she was awarded an OBE for her China work. She is a Leaders Quest Ambassador. Jeanne-Marie was born in Canada. She is a graduate of the universities of Durham and Aix-en-Provence, and a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. She is a guest lecturer at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. In 2016 she became special advisor on China to Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

About Author

Born in Canada, Jeanne-Marie Gescher is a graduate of the universities of Durham and Aix-en-Provence, and a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. After founding of one of the earliest private advisory firms in China, Jeanne-Marie has been honorary legal advisor to successive British ambassadors to the PRC from 1989 to 2015; she is a twice-elected former chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in China. Awarded an OBE for her China work in 2001, she continues to be a long-term advisor on strategy, geopolicy and geovolution to individual business leaders, and an advisor on China to a number of policy institutions and non-governmental organisations. She is also a Senior Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of London University.

Contents

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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  • ISBN13: 9781408887233
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 784
  • ID: 9781408887233
  • weight: 1380
  • ISBN10: 1408887231

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