The Dragon and the Foreign Devils
China and the World, 1100 B.C. to the PresentBook - 2007
Explores the present and future of China from the perspective of its past foreign relations, ranging from the invasions of the steppe horsemen and Mongol conquests to its fluid modern-day dynamic with the East and rapid economic growth.
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.
Offers an illuminating study of the present and future of China from the perspective of foreign relations from its past, ranging from the invasions of the steppe horsemen and Mongol conquests to the first arrival of European travelers, the rise of Mao Zedong and Communism, to its modern-day economic growth, changing dynamics of East and West, and more.