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China and the World Since 1750

Friday, September 14, 2012

Historian Odd Arne Westad traces China’s foreign affairs over the past 250 years, identifying the forces that will likely determine the country’s future. In Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750, Westad makes the case that China’s success will ultimately hinge on its ability to engage with potential international partners while simultaneously safeguarding its own strength and stability.

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Odd Arne Westad

Comments [4]

Andrew Carothers MD from Englewood, NJ

I am going to buy this book. A real source of information about China.

Sep. 14 2012 03:21 PM
Cathy from Yantai, China

I have lived in Eastern China for twelve years teaching English. I have seen amazing changes occur since coming here. One thing I want to clear up is the idea that people can own their own land. They can "own" their land for 75 years and then must "buy" it again. The government owns most of the land. There are a few people that still own their land from before the revolution when land was confiscated and registered with the government.If you have more questions you can email me. I enjoy listening to your show when I can't sleep at night. Cathy George

Sep. 14 2012 12:51 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I'd add to the list of ways that China isn't so good at being a dictatorship the fact that its central gov't. can't control corruption & abuse of power by the provincial & local gov'ts.

Sep. 14 2012 12:43 PM
David from Fredericksburg, VA

I wonder, are Chinese Muslims as infantile as these morons rioting over a badly produced, stupid film?

One has to wonder how weak is the faith of people that murder people that dare to question their religion.

Sep. 14 2012 12:08 PM

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