Wang, Dong. The United States and China: A History from the Eighteenth Century to the Present. ISBN: 978-1538149379, Rowman & Littlefield, August 2021, Pages: 416.
Now fully revised and updated, The United States and China: A History from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (winner of The American Library Association’s “Choice Top 25 Outstanding Academic Titles”) offers a comprehensive synthesis of U.S.-Chinese relations from initial contact to the present. Balancing the modern (1784-1949) and contemporary (1949-present) periods, Dong Wang thoroughly retraces centuries of interaction between two of the world’s great powers from the perspective of both sides. Bridging historical studies and contemporary concerns of foreign affairs, 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 too does the U.S.-Chinese relationship, and this book provides an essential grounding for understanding its past, present, and possible futures.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Part I: The Pacific Frontier and Qing China, 1784–1911
1 Yankee Merchants and the China Trade
2 Opium Wars and the Open Door
3 Chinese Immigration: Roots in the United States
4 American Protestantism: Roots in China
Part II: The United States and China in the Era of World Wars and Revolutions, 1912–1970
5 Revolutions, Nationalism, and Internationalization
6 The Pacific War and Red China
7 Deterrence and Negotiation: American-Chinese Relations at the height of the Cold War
8 Facing East and West: Agents of Encounter
Part III: Rapprochement, the United States as the Benchmark Setter, and the China Challenge, 1970–Present
9 Renewing the Bilateral Relationship, 1970–1989
10 The China Market and the Allure of the United States
11 Clashes, Cooperation, and Fluctuations in the Relationship
12 The Race: Changing Dynamics in the Economic, Social, and Cultural Arenas
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