The United States and China offers the first comprehensive synthesis of the history of U.S.-Chinese relations from initial contact to the present. Balancing the modern (1784-1949) and contemporary (1949- ) periods, Dong Wang retraces centuries of interaction between two of the world's great powers from the perspective of both sides. She examines state-to-state diplomacy, as well as economic, social, military, religious, and cultural interplay within varying national and international contexts. As China itself continues to grow in global importance, so does the U.S.-Chinese relationship, and this book provides an essential grounding for understanding its past, present, and possible futures.
Dong Wang is professor of contemporary Chinese history and director of the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku in Finland.
Introduction Part I: The Pacific Frontier and Qing China, 1784-1911 Chapter 1: Yankee Merchants and the China Trade Chapter 2: Opium Wars and the Open Door Chapter 3: Chinese Immigration: Roots in the United States? Chapter 4: American Protestantism: Roots in China? Part II: The United States and China in the Era of World Wars and Revolutions, 1912-1970 Chapter 5: Revolutions, Nationalism, and Internationalization Chapter 6: The Pacific War and Red China Chapter 7: Facing East and West: Agents of Encounter Chapter 8: Deterrence and Negotiation: American-Chinese Relations during the Cold War Part III: Rapprochement, the Default Superpower, and China Resurgent, 1970-Present Chapter 9: Renewing the Bilateral Relationship, 1970-1989 Chapter 10: The China Market and the Allure of the United States Chapter 11: Clashes and Cooperation Chapter 12: China's Catch-Up: A Game-Changer for America? Epilogue