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Title:America's response to China : an interpretative history of Sino-American relations
Authors:Warren I. Cohen
Info:New York : Wiley, c1980.
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America's Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations by Warren I. Cohen



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An excellent survey covering the entirety of US-China relations. Cohen posits that the US entered China on the coattails of the British for commercial reasons. The US perceived itself as China's protector because it did directly intervene in Chinese affairs. It simply benefited from other countries (mainly Britain) gunboat diplomacy. China sort of acknowledged the US as the least bad exploiter, but still imperialist. US policy of non-direct-intervention (which was largely because US interests were never very strong there) continued until the CCP victory in 1949, when "the great anomaly" of blatant hostility occurred until the early 1970's, when Chinese hostility to the Soviets made raproachement more palatable. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0231119291, Paperback)

Given the many important developments in Sino-American relations in the past decade, there is a desperate need for a succinct, historically grounded assessment of the increasingly contentious and complicated relationship between these two giants of the world stage. This classic text by one of America's leading diplomatic historians analyzes the concerns and conceptions that have shaped U.S.--China policy -- as well as of their important consequences.

In its first three editions, America's Response to China set the standard for introductions to this important topic. This 4th Edition is the most up-to-date work on the subject. Starting with a discussion of the mercantile interests of the newly independent American colonies and ranging through the dramatic causes and effects of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, America's Response to China, 4th Edition continues into the Bush and Clinton years, utilizing material available only in the last five to ten years. With equal parts trenchant analysis and insightful synthesis, Warren I. Cohen provides an excellent summary of U.S.--China relations on the eve of the twenty-first century.

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"'America's Response to China' has long been the standard resource for a succinct, historically grounded assessment of an increasingly complicated relationship. Written by one of America's leading diplomatic historians, this book analyzes the concerns and conceptions that have shaped U.S.-China policy and examines their far-reaching outcomes. Warren I. Cohen begins with the mercantile interests of the newly independent American colonies and discusses subsequent events up to the Tiananmen Square massacre and the policies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. For this fifth edition, Cohen adds a chapter on America in the age of potential Chinese ascendance, envisioning future partnerships and the shrinking global influence of the United States. Trenchant and insightful, 'America's Response to China' is critically important for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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Columbia University Press

3 editions of this book were published by Columbia University Press.

Editions: 0231068042, 0231119283, 0231150768

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