The United States and China in the Twentieth Century

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9780195025989: The United States and China in the Twentieth Century

From the nineteenth century opium trade and missionary movements through the establishment of diplomatic relations and suppression of the Democratization Movement, this book illuminates the sudden, often bizarre shifts in relations between the U.S. and China. Focusing on the period since the 1930s when the U.S. involved itself in a struggle to shape China's destiny and, by extension, to remake Asia, Michael Schaller shows how the policies and perceptions that led to America's wars in Korea and Vietnam were formulated during World War II when the U.S. first confronted the Chinese Communist Revolution. Schaller also explains U.S. policy in terms of America's perception of its own needs in Asia and how the revolution in China challenged our sense of omnipotence in the Pacific.

The new second edition is fully revised and brought up to date to reflect the changes in U.S.-Chinese relations that came with the Carter, Reagan, and early Bush administrations, as well as the "Second Chinese Revolution" initiated by Deng Xiaoping. It includes entirely new chapters on the Nixon years, the process of normalizing relations under Carter, the tensions caused by Reagan's anti-communist rhetoric, the status of Taiwan, and the impact of the dramatic post-Mao reforms in Chinese society. The new edition also analyzes current Sino-American relations in the context of the emerging economic and strategic significance of the Pacific Basin and China's domestic turmoil.

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Michael Schaller is at University of Arizona, Tucson.


"Excellent tratment of relations between the US and China in the 20th century. Especially valuable since the end of the Cold War."--Linda Addo, North Carolina AandT State University

"Comprehensive and well done--a good portrait and balanced account."--R. Owens, Lewis University

"A worthwhile addition to the growing literature on American-East Asian relations and complements the surveys on Sino-American relations by Warren Cohen and Michael Hunt."--Pacifica

"An excellent synthetic work that covers a lot of ground in relatively few pages."--Peter Derrick, Fordham University

"A readable, pithy history of America's post-1990 relations with China....A well-written revisionist outline of Sino-American diplomatic history."--Asian Affairs

"An excellent job of weaving together the various strands of American policies toward China. Well-written and, in fact, easy to understand. It should prove to be a real aid for anyone attempting to understand and evaluate the relationship of these two great powers in the twentieth century."--Thomas M. Ray, Wayland Baptist University

"A very lively account chock-full of good quotes."--Richard L. Wilson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

"Good overview of our relationship to China in this century."--Dwayne Frank, Cedarville College

"A concise and complete survey which combines summary and analysis in an informative nature- a must for US foreign policy and diplomatic history courses." --Brooks D. Simpson, Wofford College

"A well-balanced study. This should be used in all introductory courses regarding the U.S. and China."--Emmett A. Shea, Worcester State College

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Schaller, Michael
Published by Oxford University Press (1979)
ISBN 10: 0195025989 ISBN 13: 9780195025989
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Oxford University Press, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110195025989

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