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China: The Pessoptimist Nation


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Figure List Preface Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Soft Power, Pessoptimism and the Rise of China 2. When is China? (I): Patriotic Education and the Century of National Humiliation 3. When is China? (2): Producing and Consuming National Humiliation Days 4. Where is China? The Cartography of National Humiliation 5. Who is China? (1): Foreign Brothers and Domestic Strangers 6. Who is China? (2): Trauma, Community and Gender in Sino-Japanese Relations 7. Conclusion: How To Be Chinese in the Twenty-First Century Character list Index

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William A. Callahan is Professor of International Politics and China Studies at the University of Manchester, and Co-Director of the British Inter-University China Center at Oxford University. His recent publications include Cultural Governance and Resistance in Pacific Asia (2006) and Contingent States: Greater China and Transnational Relations (2004).


This provocative books uses not only a new analytical framework for studying Chinese political culture... As a significant contribution to the understanding of political culture and how it is related to contemporary international relatiions, this book will surely generate more discussion on the subject matter. Shiping Hua, The Journal of Asian Studies 70/1 d China: The Pessoptimist Nation is a courageous book ... [about] Chinese foreign policy that is both timely and likely to stand the test of time. Peter Hays Gries, The China Quarterly an in-depth analysis of how perceptions and narratives of Chinese identity have shaped intellectual and popular discourses on China's security and insecurity...this study makes a significant contribution to the literature focusing on the ideational and societal dimensions of Chinese foreign policy. Rex Li, Times Higher Education Supplement

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