Now fully revised and updated, The United States and China offers a comprehensive synthesis of US-Chinese relations from initial contact to the present. Balancing the modern (1784–1949) and contemporary (1949–present) periods, Dong Wang retraces centuries of interaction between two of the world’s great powers from the perspective of both sides. She examines state-to-state diplomacy, as well as economic, social, military, religious, and cultural interplay within varying national and international contexts. As China itself continues to grow in global importance, so too does the US-Chinese relationship, and this book provides an essential grounding for understanding its past, present, and possible futures.
Dong Wang is distinguished professor of history and director of the Wellington Koo Institute at Shanghai University, a Chatham House member, and has been a research associate at the Fairbank Center of Harvard University since 2002. Her books include Longmen’s Stone Buddhas and Cultural Heritage, Managing God’s Higher Learning: U.S.-China Cultural Encounter and Canton Christian College (Lingnan University), 1888–1952, and China’s Unequal Treaties: Narrating National History.
Part I: The Pacific Frontier and Qing China, 1784–1911
1 Yankee Merchants and the China Trade
2 Opium Wars and the Open Door
3 Chinese Immigration: Roots in the United States
4 American Protestantism: Roots in China
Part II: The United States and China in the Era of World Wars and Revolutions, 1912–1970
5 Revolutions, Nationalism, and Internationalization
6 The Pacific War and Red China
7 Deterrence and Negotiation: American-Chinese Relations at the height of the Cold War
8 Facing East and West: Agents of Encounter
Part III: Rapprochement, the United States as the Benchmark Setter, and the China Challenge, 1970–Present
9 Renewing the Bilateral Relationship, 1970–1989
10 The China Market and the Allure of the United States
11 Clashes, Cooperation, and Fluctuations in the Relationship
12 The Race: Changing Dynamics in the Economic, Social, and Cultural Arenas
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Dong Wang’s outstanding volume offers uniquely a comprehensive treatment and a balanced assessment of Chinese and American perspectives in its masterful examination of the 240-year history of US-China relations. Many important lessons and insights offered along the way deepen understanding and urge moderation. They warrant careful consideration even from those on both sides now committed to zero-sum rivalry.
Dong Wang’s thoroughly updated book is excellent—wide-ranging, carefully researched, clearly written. Unlike other histories of the United States and China, it skillfully presents the Chinese as well as the American sides of this complex, challenging, and consequential relationship.
Dong Wang has impressed me in the past and does so again with this carefully revised edition of her accessible survey of US-China relations. She has improved an already excellent tale of two countries. It now includes a deft handling of the latest dramatic developments in an always interesting diplomatic and cultural relationship that has more dimensions and arguably more global significance than ever before.
A masterful history. Dong Wang deftly sets the vicissitudes of two and a half centuries of Sino-American interactions in the context of the evolving identities of the two powers as both pursue national greatness and grapple with the challenges and opportunities of a globalizing world.
-Includes a series of 12 podcasts created by the author (one for each chapter) supported by relevant notes, biographies, anecdotes, additional sources, comments, and other information to supplement the book, which can be found at https://wellingtonkoo.org/u-s-china-podcast
-The only text to examine the relationship from both Chinese and American perspectives
-Takes a long historical view