A History of Chinese Political Thought by Youngmin Kim
China's rapid rise as a regional and global power is one of the most important political developments in the 21st century. However, the West still largely ignores the complex ideas…
A History of Chinese Political Thought synopsis
China's rapid rise as a regional and global power is one of the most important political developments in the 21st century. However, the West still largely ignores the complex ideas and ideals that have shaped China's national and international development from antiquity to the present day or over-simplified it.
In this beautifully written introductory text, Youngmin Kim offers a unique survey on the main topics of Chinesepoliticalthought from the customary society to the empire, exploring its theoretical significance and the different historical contexts in which it originated. In defiance of traditional assumptions about Chinesenationalism and Marxist history, Kim explains that "China" is not a single fixed identity, but a constant goal.
The multidisciplinary approach tracks the history of long and long-term Chinesethought as a true tradition based on some key themes; many of them began in the early dynasties and still resonate in China today. Only by appreciating the rich history of China's politicalthought can we begin to understand the complexities and contradictions of China's politics, economy and society today, he says..
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