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Beautiful imperialist : China perceives America, 1972-1990 /
David Shambaugh.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1991.
xiv, 326 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0691078645 (alk. paper) :
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1991.
0691078645 (alk. paper) :
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
David Shambaugh is Senior Lecturer in Chinese politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1992-02:
A pioneering study of changing perceptions of the US among China's "America watchers" since 1972, based on the author's doctoral thesis. Shambaugh, lecturer in Chinese Politics at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and editor of China Quarterly, has produced a systematic analysis and evaluation of the writings of the 600-700 America watchers who serve as government bureaucrats, journalists, research institute scholars, and university teachers. This first study of the perceptual aspect of US-China relations, based largely on Chinese sources and on 160 interviews, examines the ideological context and views of the America watchers on the US economy, society, politics, and foreign policy. Shambaugh delineates several schools of Marxist and non-Marxist analysis and their institutional affiliations, and concludes that the professional role is the principal determinant of the Asia watchers' perceptions. This exceptional book will be of value to scholars and advanced students of contemporary China, Sino-American relations, and the role of perceptions in international politics. It should be acquired by larger university and college libraries and specialized collections of Asian and Chinese studies.-J. P. Smaldone, University of Maryland, University College
Review Quotes
"An important, pioneering study by one of a select group of younger American IR specialists. . . ."-- John Watt, The American Asian Review
"David Shambaugh has uncovered a story that shocks and dismays me because I for one . . . was innocent of the extent to which the supposedly best-informed Chinese are both ignorant and critical of America."-- Lucian W. Pye, The China Quarterly
"This path-breaking study . . . concludes that there is a large perception gap in U.S.-China relations. . . . [Both] sides are imbued with a severe case of cognitive dissonance, wishful thinking, misinformation, and misperception."-- Donald S. Zagoria, Foreign Affairs
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Main Description
From President Nixon's historic visit to China in 1972 to the aftermath of the Tiananmen tragedy, this book examines the changing perceptions of the United States articulated by China's "America Watchers," whose occupation is to interpret the "beautiful imperialist" for China's elite and public. While other studies have looked at the behavioral history of U.S.-China relations, this is the first to probe the perceptual dimension.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 3
Ideological Foundationsp. 42
The American Economyp. 85
American Societyp. 137
The American Polityp. 165
American Foreign Policyp. 226
Conclusionp. 277
Name Indexp. 305
Subject Indexp. 315
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