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The Dragon and the Foreign Devils: China and the world, 1100 BC to the present

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Harry Gelber
Bloomsbury Publications (May 2007)

A sweeping narrative history that tells the story of China's relations with the rest of the world over three millennia. China is the most exciting rising power in the world today. The explosive growth of its economy and the possibility that it might soon become the next superpower, dominant in East Asia and influential in every part of the world, has attracted universal interest, admiration and envy.

Harry Gelber's The Dragon and the Foreign Devils is the first history for the general reader to tell the story of China from the outside as well as from the inside. It explores the relationships involved, from the incursions into China of steppe horsemen around 200 BC to the Mongol conquests of the 13th century AD, from the first arrival of European travellers to China's decline, after 1911, into an object of the policies of the major powers, and on to the revolution of 1949 and the Tienanmen Square protest in 1989. It explains what moved these minor and major foreign societies and how concerns with China fitted into their own major interests and views of the world. And it outlines the recurring cycles of Chinese history, from turmoil and disorder to strong central government and back again.

Harry Gelber, a visiting fellow in the Department of International Relations at LSE,

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