9780674019959-0674019954-The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making

The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making

ISBN-13: 9780674019959
ISBN-10: 0674019954
Author: Liu, Lydia H.
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Paperback 334 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780674019959
ISBN-10: 0674019954
Author: Liu, Lydia H.
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Paperback 334 pages

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Acknowledged authors Liu, Lydia H. wrote The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making comprising 334 pages back in 2006. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0674019954 and 9780674019959. Since then The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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What is lost in translation may be a war, a world, a way of life. A unique look into the nineteenth-century clash of empires from both sides of the earthshaking encounter, this book reveals the connections between international law, modern warfare, and comparative grammar--and their influence on the shaping of the modern world in Eastern and Western terms.

The Clash of Empires brings to light the cultural legacy of sovereign thinking that emerged in the course of the violent meetings between the British Empire and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Lydia Liu demonstrates how the collision of imperial will and competing interests, rather than the civilizational attributes of existing nations and cultures, led to the invention of "China," "the East," "the West," and the modern notion of "the world" in recent history. Drawing on her archival research and comparative analyses of English--and Chinese--language texts, as well as their respective translations, she explores how the rhetoric of barbarity and civilization, friend and enemy, and discourses on sovereign rights, injury, and dignity were a central part of British imperial warfare. Exposing the military and philological--and almost always translingual--nature of the clash of empires, this book provides a startlingly new interpretation of modern imperial history.

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