The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom

America and China, 1776 to the Present

Book - 2016
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"A narrative account of the relationship between the U.S. and China from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Our relationship with China remains one of the most complex and rapidly evolving, and is perhaps one of the most important to our nation's future. Here, John Pomfret, the author of the bestselling Chinese Lessons, takes us deep into these two countries' shared history, and illuminates in vibrant, stunning detail every major event, relationship, and ongoing development that has affected diplomacy between these two booming, influential nations. We meet early American missionaries and chart their influence in China, and follow a group of young Chinese students who enroll in American universities, eager to soak up Western traditions. We witness firsthand major and devastating events like the Boxer Rebellion, and the rise of Mao. We examine both nations' involvement in world events, such as World War I and II. Pomfret takes the myriad historical milestones of two of the world's most powerful nations and turns them into one fluid, fascinating story, leaving us with a nuanced understanding of where these two nations stand in relation to one another, and the rest of the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805092509
0805092501
Branch Call Number: 327.7305 POM
Characteristics: x, 693 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm

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tirjan
Aug 01, 2017

Whew! A great exploration of the relationship between China and the US from 1776 to the present. Sure, it's a long history but John Pomfret is well-qualified to explain the whole thing. Not much to ask for a writer to do in 700 pages. Joking. He is well-qualified because he has lived in both countries for spells in each over a four decade period, marrying in China and raising his kids in both countries.
It is essential reading for anyone who wants to fill in the blanks and correct the information taught to us in schools and the press. The waxing and waning of co-operation between the two countries continues to this day.
A very enjoyable read.

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