China in the international system, 1918-20 : the Middle Kingdom at the periphery /
Zhang Yongjin.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1991.
xi, 262 p. ; 23 cm.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1991.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 244-254) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-07:
Zhang focuses on the pivotal period when China first began successfully to break into the "international system" as a sovereign state through attempts to overturn the unequal treaties imposed by Western powers and Japan. The author's thesis is that "China and China's place in the post-war East Asian international order were the central themes of the reconstruction of that order." With painstaking detail, Zhang traces the collapse of the "Sinocentric world order" beginning in the late 19th century, through the careful preparations for the Paris Peace Conference, the disappointment and frustration at failure to gain equal recognition and the ensuing May Fourth Movement, and the rise of Chinese nationalism. A final chapter details China's attempts to remove Russian treaty rights and privileges, which the author considers a special case in contrast to that of Britain, the US, and Japan. This insightful and meticulous study, which includes a very complete multilanguage bibliography and copious notes, fills a void in the history of China's diplomatic relations during the period in question. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -A. Wittenborn, University of San Diego
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