The Dragon and the Foreign Devils by Harry G. Gelber
China and the World, 1100 B.C. to the Present

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China is the most exciting rising power in the world today. The fact that China may be the next superpower attracts endless interest from all quarters-yet China is still utterly inscrutable to most outsiders. In The Dragon and the Foreign Devils, Harry Gelber illuminates China's present by looking at the broad sweep of foreign relations in its past. From the incursions by the steppe horsemen and the Mongol conquests to the first arrival of European travelers, foreign fascination with China has followed certain patterns: curiosity, admiration, and greed for trade or territory. But, as China gradually rises from the turbulence in the wake of Mao Zedong to the economic growth and political stability of the twenty-first century, the dynamic between East and West has slowly shifted. Essential reading for anyone interested in China and its evolving relations with foreigners, The Dragon and the Foreign Devils breaks down the walls between East and West and shines a light on the recurring cycles of Chinese history.
 

About Harry G. Gelber

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Harry Gelber is an internationally renowned scholar of history and political science. He is the author of thirteen books and numerous papers and articles. He has taught at Harvard, Boston University, and the London School of Economics, among many others.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Walker Books. 512 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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A fluent and thorough, though understandably brief, survey of Chinese history.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Dragon and the Foreign De...

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The challenges for China change—Mongol horse archers in the 13th century, European gunboats in the 19th—but the response remains remarkably steady in this engaging survey of Chinese for

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