Western Images of China

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Oxford University Press, 1989 - History - 337 pages
This book discusses the ways in which Westerners, from the earliest times until the late 1980s, have perceived China--both the China of their own time and the China of the past. Examining sources from all media, the author demonstrates the enormous variety in Western images of China over the centuries--at certain times China has constituted a model for schools of thought in the West, while at others the country has been viewed as a threat.

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This is an essential book for anyone interested in China. The author provides not a history of China itself, but a history of how Westerners have portrayed China. In reading this, the reader should also consider how this misperception of China continues to the present day. Read full review


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Mackerras is chairman of the School of Modern Asian Studies at Griffith University in Australia. He holds degrees in Chinese language and history and in 1970 received his Ph.D. from Australian National University for his studies on Beijing opera. He taught at the Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages from 1964 to 1966, and at that time began collecting an extensive library on Chinese theater.

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