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The Resource Quest for power : European imperialism and the making of Chinese statecraft, Stephen R. Halsey

Quest for power : European imperialism and the making of Chinese statecraft, Stephen R. Halsey

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Quest for power : European imperialism and the making of Chinese statecraft
Title
Quest for power
Title remainder
European imperialism and the making of Chinese statecraft
Statement of responsibility
Stephen R. Halsey
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Quest for Power analyzes the origins of China's rise to great power status in the twentieth century. The author argues that the threat of European and Japanese imperialism triggered the most innovative state-building efforts since the foundation of the country's last dynasty in the mid 1600s. This claim casts doubt on the entire interpretive thrust of existing historical accounts of China during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, questioning their story of decline, weakness, and failure. Halsey instead argues that a military fiscal-state emerged in China between 1850 and 1949 because of the continuing danger of war with the great powers. This form of political organization combined money, bureaucracy, and guns in new ways and helped to ensure the country's survival during the apogee of Western colonialism. As the great powers transplanted their competitive international order to East Asia in the 1800s, China replicated many features of European states through conscious imitation and independent trial and error. Military-fiscal states in these different regions represent variations on a common global theme, their political structures drawn together to a certain extent through a contingent process of historical convergence. Leading officials soon came to describe their reformist policies through a new vocabulary of sovereignty, a European concept that has served as a cornerstone of Chinese statecraft since the late 1860s. In short, China achieved remarkable success in the search for power in the late imperial (1850-1911) and the Republican eras (1911-1949), laying the foundation for its growing international influence since 1949"--Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1975-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Halsey, Stephen R.
Dewey number
951/.03
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS761.2
LC item number
.H354 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • China
  • China
  • Nation-building
  • China
  • China
  • Great powers
  • Imperialism
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
Label
Quest for power : European imperialism and the making of Chinese statecraft, Stephen R. Halsey
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Europe's global conquest -- Foreign trade -- Money -- Bureaucracy -- Guns -- Transportation -- Communication -- Epilogue: State-making in China, 1850-1949
Control code
906121671
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 346 pages
Isbn
9780674425651
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2014047784
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)906121671
Label
Quest for power : European imperialism and the making of Chinese statecraft, Stephen R. Halsey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Europe's global conquest -- Foreign trade -- Money -- Bureaucracy -- Guns -- Transportation -- Communication -- Epilogue: State-making in China, 1850-1949
Control code
906121671
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 346 pages
Isbn
9780674425651
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2014047784
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)906121671

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