This innovative text combines an understanding of the history of China's rise with analyses of its current challenges. Renowned historians, economists, and political scientists explore the internal dynamic of China's rise since traditional times through the key themes of China's identity, security, economy, environment, energy, and politics. Each themed section pairs a historian with a social scientist to give an overall view of where China is coming from and where it is heading. One of the PRC's best-known experts on international relations concludes by reflecting on the political psychology of China's view of itself in the world. Written in clear and accessible style, this nuanced book will be essential reading for all readers interested in China past and present and its growing global role.
Brantly Womack is Cumming Memorial Professor of Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia.
Introduction Brantly Womack Part I: China and the World Order: Dilemmas of Identity Chapter 1: China and the World: From Tribute to Treaties to Popular Nationalism Joseph W. Esherick Chapter 2: On China's Rise Lowell Dittmer Part II: Challenges of Strategy and Security Chapter 3: Chinese Strategy and Security Issues in Historical Perspective Evelyn S. Rawski Chapter 4: China's Strategy and Security in the Post-Cold War Era Michael D. Swaine Part III: China's Economic Trajectory Chapter 5: China's Prereform Economy in World Perspective Dwight H. Perkins Chapter 6: The Dynamics of China's Reform-Era Economy Barry Naughton Part IV: China's Ecological and Resource Interaction Chapter 7: The Environmental Impasse in Late Imperial China Mark Elvin Chapter 8: China's Energy Rise Erica S. Downs Part V: Political Creativity and Political Development Chapter 9: The Political Creativity of Late Imperial China R. Keith Schoppa Chapter 10: Political Creativity and Political Reform in China? Joseph Fewsmith Part VI: Concluding Reflections Chapter 11: Struggle for Identity: A Political Psychology of China's Rise Qin Yaqing