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The beautiful country and the Middle Kingdom : America and China, 1776 to the present, John Pomfret

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The beautiful country and the Middle Kingdom : America and China, 1776 to the present
Title
The beautiful country and the Middle Kingdom
Title remainder
America and China, 1776 to the present
Statement of responsibility
John Pomfret
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "A narrative account of the relationship between the U.S. and China from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Our relationship with China remains one of the most complex and rapidly evolving, and is perhaps one of the most important to our nation's future. Here, John Pomfret, the author of the bestselling Chinese Lessons, takes us deep into these two countries' shared history, and illuminates in vibrant, stunning detail every major event, relationship, and ongoing development that has affected diplomacy between these two booming, influential nations. We meet early American missionaries and chart their influence in China, and follow a group of young Chinese students who enroll in American universities, eager to soak up Western traditions. We witness firsthand major and devastating events like the Boxer Rebellion, and the rise of Mao. We examine both nations' involvement in world events, such as World War I and II. Pomfret takes the myriad historical milestones of two of the world's most powerful nations and turns them into one fluid, fascinating story, leaving us with a nuanced understanding of where these two nations stand in relation to one another, and the rest of the world"--
  • "From the clipper ships that ventured to Canton hauling cargos of American ginseng to swap for Chinese tea to the US warships facing off against China's growing navy in the South China Sea, from the Yankee missionaries who brought Christianity and education to China to the Chinese who built the American West, the United States and China have always been dramatically intertwined. For more than two centuries, American and Chinese statesmen, merchants, missionaries, and adventurers, men and women, have profoundly influenced the fate of these nations. While we tend to think of America's ties with China as starting in 1972 with the visit of President Richard Nixon to China, the patterns--rapturous enchantment followed by angry disillusionment--were set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Drawing on personal letters, diaries, memoirs, government documents, and contemporary news reports, John Pomfret reconstructs the surprising, tragic, and marvelous ways Americans and Chinese have engaged with one another through the centuries. A fascinating and thrilling account, The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom is also an indispensable book for understanding the most important--and often the most perplexing--relationship between any two countries in the world."--Dust jacket
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Illustrations
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  • portraits
  • plates
  • facsimiles
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The beautiful country and the Middle Kingdom : America and China, 1776 to the present, John Pomfret
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [638]-664) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Part I. A new frontier ; Founding fortunes ; Blitzconversion ; The calm minister ; Men of iron ; A good thrashing ; Bible women ; The door opens and shuts ; Hot air and hope -- Part II. American dreams ; Mr. Science ; Fortune cookies ; Up in smoke ; The Soong dynasty ; Opportunity or threat ; A Red star ; New life -- Part III. Bloody Saturday ; Little America ; Burmese days ; Dangerous liaisons ; The rice paddy navy ; The east is red ; Keys to the kingdom ; The beginning of the end ; Mission impossible ; A third force -- Part IV. Hate America ; Hate China ; A cold war ; Dead flowers ; Bloody Marys ; Pictures of Chairman Mao ; Out of bad things ; Not because we love them ; Tacit allies ; We are very sexy people ; China rediscovers America ; Nobody is afraid of anybody ; Deathsong -- Part V. Kung fu fighting ; Patriotic education ; From China with love ; Welcome to the club ; Twin towers ; G2? ; End of an era
Control code
ocn936192128
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
x, 693 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780805092509
Lccn
2016009016
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Ingram
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), portraits, facsimiles
System control number
(OCoLC)936192128
Label
The beautiful country and the Middle Kingdom : America and China, 1776 to the present, John Pomfret
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [638]-664) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Part I. A new frontier ; Founding fortunes ; Blitzconversion ; The calm minister ; Men of iron ; A good thrashing ; Bible women ; The door opens and shuts ; Hot air and hope -- Part II. American dreams ; Mr. Science ; Fortune cookies ; Up in smoke ; The Soong dynasty ; Opportunity or threat ; A Red star ; New life -- Part III. Bloody Saturday ; Little America ; Burmese days ; Dangerous liaisons ; The rice paddy navy ; The east is red ; Keys to the kingdom ; The beginning of the end ; Mission impossible ; A third force -- Part IV. Hate America ; Hate China ; A cold war ; Dead flowers ; Bloody Marys ; Pictures of Chairman Mao ; Out of bad things ; Not because we love them ; Tacit allies ; We are very sexy people ; China rediscovers America ; Nobody is afraid of anybody ; Deathsong -- Part V. Kung fu fighting ; Patriotic education ; From China with love ; Welcome to the club ; Twin towers ; G2? ; End of an era
Control code
ocn936192128
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
x, 693 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780805092509
Lccn
2016009016
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Ingram
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), portraits, facsimiles
System control number
(OCoLC)936192128

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