China's sense of today and its view of tomorrow are both
rooted in the past--and we need to understand that connection, says
China scholar Charles Horner. In Rising China and Its
Postmodern Fate, Horner offers a new interpretation of how
China's changed view of its modern historical experience has also
changed China's understanding of its long intellectual and cultural
tradition. Spirited reevaluations of history, strategy, commerce,
and literature are cooperating--and competing--to define the
The capstone of modern China was the founding of the People's
Republic in 1949 and its rejection of Confucianism, capitalism, and
modernity. Yet today's rising China retains few vestiges of what
Mao wrought. What then, Horner asks, is post-Mao, postmodern China?
Where did it come from? How did it get here? Where is it going?
Contemporary views of the great periods in Chinese history are
having a significant influence on the development of rising China's
national strategy, says Horner. He looks at the revival of interest
in, and changing interpretations of, three dynasties--the Yuan
(1272-1368), the Ming (1368-1644), and the Qing (1644-1912)--that,
together with the People's Republic of China, provide examples of
great power success.
The future of every major country is now connected to China's,
and this book explains how China, now seeing itself as the complex
and thriving result of the old and the new, is poised to change the
Subjects: Political Science, History
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