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Ancient Chinese thought, modern Chinese power [electronic resource] /
Yan Xuetong ; edited by Daniel A. Bell and Sun Zhe ; translated by Edmund Ryden.
imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2011.
description
viii, 300 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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0691148260 (hardback : alk. paper), 9780691148267 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2011.
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0691148260 (hardback : alk. paper)
9780691148267 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
A comparative study of pre-Qin interstate political philosophy / Yan Xuetong -- Xunzi's interstate political philosophy and its message for today / Yan Xuetong -- Hegemony in The stratagems of the warring states / Yan Xuetong and Huang Yuxing -- An examination of the research theory of pre-Qin interstate political philosophy / Yang Qianru -- The two poles of Confucianism: a comparison of the interstate political philosophies of Mencius and Xunzi / Xu Jin -- Political hegemony in ancient China: a review of "Hegemony in The stratagems of the warrings states" / Wang Rihua -- Pre-Qin philosophy and China's rise today / Yan Xuetong -- Appendix: the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods and the pre-Qin masters / Xu Jin -- Appendix: Yan Xuetong--a realist scholar clinging to scientific prediction / Lu Xin -- Appendix: why is there no Chinese school of intenational relations theory? / Yan Xuetong.
general note
Chinese uniform title not available.
Translated from Chinese.
catalogue key
8837463
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-289) and index.
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"China's great thinkers from the time of Confucius are known for their profound contributions to philosophy, ethics, and military strategy. Less appreciated in the West is their sophisticated thinking about statecraft. The incessant conflicts among the fragmented principalities that eventually formed a unified China in 221 BC produced a rich flowering of conceptual thinking on issues of governance and interstate relations. In this fascinating study, inquiring readers will find a wealth of information regarding how ancient China's strategic sages assessed the factors determining the success or failure of rulers and states, with immediate relevance for better understanding the implications of China's current rise to wealth and power."--Dr. Henry A. Kissinger "China's increasing strength and influence in the modern world are confronting Chinese with a new set of intellectual challenges in assessing how the country's enhanced status will affect Chinese behavior, how other countries will react, and what policies China should adopt to optimize its interests. Not surprisingly, thoughtful Chinese are looking for clues in their distant past, two and a half millennia ago, when the competition over six centuries among the political enclaves that eventually formed a united China stimulated an outpouring of philosophical thinking on issues of statecraft. This stimulating book examines this thinking in ways relevant both to international relations theory and China's emerging position in world affairs."--J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. ambassador to China "Yan Xuetong, one of China's liveliest and most provocative international relations scholars, provides an excellent introduction to ancient Chinese theories of statecraft. Combined with the responses of his critics, his thoughtful essays reveal the exciting intellectual ferment among China's international relations thinkers. Many of the concepts are recognizable to Western scholars, some are not, but Yan's masterful effort to show how all these ideas might be relevant to China's 'rise' should be read by everyone who is interested in understanding how the past may influence the present."--Alastair Iain Johnston, Harvard University
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"China's great thinkers from the time of Confucius are known for their profound contributions to philosophy, ethics, and military strategy. Less appreciated in the West is their sophisticated thinking about statecraft. The incessant conflicts among the fragmented principalities that eventually formed a unified China in 221 BC produced a rich flowering of conceptual thinking on issues of governance and interstate relations. In this fascinating study, inquiring readers will find a wealth of information regarding how ancient China's strategic sages assessed the factors determining the success or failure of rulers and states, with immediate relevance for better understanding the implications of China's current rise to wealth and power."--Dr. Henry A. Kissinger "China's increasing strength and influence in the modern world are confronting Chinese with a new set of intellectual challenges in assessing how the country's enhanced status will affect Chinese behavior, how other countries will react, and what policies China should adopt to optimize its interests. Not surprisingly, thoughtful Chinese are looking for clues in their distant past, two and a half millennia ago, when the competition over six centuries among the political enclaves that eventually formed a united China prompted an outpouring of philosophical thinking on issues of statecraft. This stimulating book examines this thinking in ways relevant both to international relations theory and China's emerging position in world affairs."--J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. ambassador to China "Yan Xuetong, one of China's liveliest and most provocative international relations scholars, provides an excellent introduction to ancient Chinese theories of statecraft. Combined with the responses of his critics, his thoughtful essays reveal the exciting intellectual ferment among China's international relations thinkers. Many of the concepts are recognizable to Western scholars, some are not, but Yan's masterful effort to show how all these ideas might be relevant to China's 'rise' should be read by everyone who is interested in understanding how the past may influence the present."--Alastair Iain Johnston, Harvard University
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"China's great thinkers from the time of Confucius are known for their profound contributions to philosophy, ethics, and military strategy. Less appreciated in the West is their sophisticated thinking about statecraft. The incessant conflicts among the fragmented principalities that eventually formed a unified China in 221 BC produced a rich flowering of conceptual thinking on issues of governance and interstate relations. In this fascinating study, inquiring readers will find a wealth of information regarding how ancient China's strategic sages assessed the factors determining the success or failure of rulers and states, with immediate relevance for better understanding the implications of China's current rise to wealth and power."--Dr. Henry A. Kissinger "China's increasing strength and influence in the modern world are confronting Chinese with a new set of intellectual challenges in assessing how the country's enhanced status will affect Chinese behavior, how other countries will react, and what policies China should adopt to optimize its interests. Not surprisingly, thoughtful Chinese are looking for clues in their distant past, two and a half millennia ago, when the competition over six centuries among the political enclaves that eventually formed a united China prompted an outpouring of philosophical thinking on issues of statecraft. This stimulating book examines this thinking in ways relevant both to international relations theory and China's emerging position in world affairs."--J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. ambassador to China "Xuetong Yan, one of China's liveliest and most provocative international relations scholars, provides an excellent introduction to ancient Chinese theories of statecraft. Combined with the responses of his critics, his thoughtful essays reveal the exciting intellectual ferment among China's international relations thinkers. Many of the concepts are recognizable to Western scholars, some are not, but Yan's masterful effort to show how all these ideas might be relevant to China's 'rise' should be read by everyone who is interested in understanding how the past may influence the present."--Alastair Iain Johnston, Harvard University
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"While parts of this nicely translated book might be too specific for the general reader, the volume provides stimulating insights not only into the rich world of ancient Chinese thought, but also into the way contemporary Chinese thinkers see the world today. In this respect, the excellent introduction by Daniel Bell and a long interview with Xuetong in the appendix are especially rewarding.""-- Michael Rochlitz, Political Studies Review
"[T]his collection of essays, mostly by Beijing-based foreign affairs expert and academic Yan Xuetong and beautifully translated by Edmund Ryden, is thought-provoking and worth looking at.""-- Kerry Brown, Asian Affairs
While parts of this nicely translated book might be too specific for the general reader, the volume provides stimulating insights not only into the rich world of ancient Chinese thought, but also into the way contemporary Chinese thinkers see the world today. In this respect, the excellent introduction by Daniel Bell and a long interview with Xuetong in the appendix are especially rewarding.
[I] found Dr. Henry A. Kissinger's comment that it is 'a fascinating study' very much to the point. . . . Given China's growing influence in the world right now, the work should no doubt have a wider readership than might appear the case prima facie . Princeton University Press should be congratulated on producing such a handsome volume. It can be highly recommended for library purchase in its hardback edition. -- Malcolm Warner, Asia Pacific Business Review
[T]his collection of essays, mostly by Beijing-based foreign affairs expert and academic Yan Xuetong and beautifully translated by Edmund Ryden, is thought-provoking and worth looking at.
[I] found Dr. Henry A. Kissinger's comment that it is 'a fascinating study' very much to the point. . . . Given China's growing influence in the world right now, the work should no doubt have a wider readership than might appear the case prima facie . Princeton University Press should be congratulated on producing such a handsome volume. It can be highly recommended for library purchase in its hardback edition.
"[I] found Dr. Henry A. Kissinger's comment that it is 'a fascinating study' very much to the point. . . . Given China's growing influence in the world right now, the work should no doubt have a wider readership than might appear the case prima facie . Princeton University Press should be congratulated on producing such a handsome volume. It can be highly recommended for library purchase in its hardback edition.""-- Malcolm Warner, Asia Pacific Business Review
[F]or those who welcome a China that is increasingly active at the global level, as well as for those who do not, it seems the time is right to thoroughly engage with the ideas and proposals of prominent Chinese thinkers today like Yan Xuetong. By putting his grand vision for a Chinese 'superpower modelled on humane authority' to the test before it becomes a possible political reality, we will have gained a greater appreciation of China's cultural heritage and, following that, a glimpse at its possible political future. -- Mark Chou, Australian Review of Public Affairs
[F]or those who welcome a China that is increasingly active at the global level, as well as for those who do not, it seems the time is right to thoroughly engage with the ideas and proposals of prominent Chinese thinkers today like Yan Xuetong. By putting his grand vision for a Chinese 'superpower modelled on humane authority' to the test before it becomes a possible political reality, we will have gained a greater appreciation of China's cultural heritage and, following that, a glimpse at its possible political future.
"[F]or those who welcome a China that is increasingly active at the global level, as well as for those who do not, it seems the time is right to thoroughly engage with the ideas and proposals of prominent Chinese thinkers today like Yan Xuetong. By putting his grand vision for a Chinese 'superpower modelled on humane authority' to the test before it becomes a possible political reality, we will have gained a greater appreciation of China's cultural heritage and, following that, a glimpse at its possible political future.""-- Mark Chou, Australian Review of Public Affairs
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Summaries
Main Description
The rise of China could be the most important political development of the twenty-first century. What will China look like in the future? What should it look like? And what will China's rise mean for the rest of world? This book, written by China's most influential foreign policy thinker, sets out a vision for the coming decades from China's point of view. In the West, Yan Xuetong is often regarded as a hawkish policy advisor and enemy of liberal internationalists. But a very different picture emerges from this book, as Yan examines the lessons of ancient Chinese political thought for the future of China and the development of a "Beijing consensus" in international relations. Yan, it becomes clear, is neither a communist who believes that economic might is the key to national power, nor a neoconservative who believes that China should rely on military might to get its way. Rather, Yan argues, political leadership is the key to national power, and morality is an essential part of political leadership. Economic and military might are important components of national power, but they are secondary to political leaders who act in accordance with moral norms, and the same holds true in determining the hierarchy of the global order. Providing new insights into the thinking of one of China's leading foreign policy figures, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in China's rise or in international relations.
Main Description
The rise of China could be the most important political development of the twenty-first century. What will China look like in the future? What should it look like? And what will China's rise mean for the rest of world? This book, written by China's most influential foreign policy thinker, sets out a vision for the coming decades from China's point of view. In the West, Yan Xuetong is often regarded as a hawkish policy advisor and enemy of liberal internationalists. But a very different picture emerges from this book, as Yan examines the lessons of ancient Chinese political thought for the future of China and the development of a "Beijing consensus" in international relations. Yan, it becomes clear, is neither a communist who believes that economic might is the key to national power, nor a neoconservative who believes that China should rely on military might to get its way. Rather, Yan argues, political leadership is the key to national power, and morality is an essential part of political leadership. Economic and military might are important components of national power, but they are secondary to political leaders who act in accordance with moral norms, and the same holds true in determining the hierarchy of the global order. Providing new insights into the thinking of one of China's leading foreign policy figures, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in China's rise and international relations.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Yan Xuetong examines the lessons of ancient Chinese political thought for the future of China and the development of a Beijing consensus in international relations. He argues that political leadership is the key to national power and morality is an essential element of political leadership.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
A Note on the Translationp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power
A Comparative Study of Pre-Qin Interstate Political Philosophyp. 21
Xunzi's Interstate Political Philosophy and Its Message for Todayp. 70
Hegemony in The Stratagems of the Warring Statesp. 107
Comments
An Examination of the Research Theory of Pre-Qin Interstate Political Philosophyp. 147
The Two Poles of Confucianism: A Comparison of the Interstate Political Philosophies of Mencius and Xunzip. 161
Political Hegemony in Ancient China: A Review of ôHegemony in The Stratagems of the Warring Statesöp. 181
Response to the Commentators
Pre-Qin Philosophy and China's Rise Todayp. 199
The Spring and Autumn and Warring States Periods and the Pre-Qin Mastersp. 223
Yan Xuetong: A Realist Scholar Clinging to Scientific Predictionp. 229
Why Is There No Chinese School of International Relations Theory?p. 252
Notesp. 261
Select Bibliographyp. 283
Contributorsp. 291
Indexp. 293
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