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China: the pessoptimist nation

Callahan, William ORCID: 0000-0001-6103-0586 (2010) China: the pessoptimist nation. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199604395

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Identification Number: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549955.001.0001


The rise of China presents a long‐term challenge to the world not only economically, but also politically and culturally. Callahan meets this challenge in China: The Pessoptimist Nation by using new Chinese sources and innovative analysis to see how Chinese people understand their new place in the world. The heart of Chinese foreign policy is not a security dilemma, but an identity dilemma. Chinese identity emerges through the interplay of positive and negative feelings: China thus is the pessoptimist nation. This positive–negative dynamic intertwines China's domestic and international politic ...

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Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 08:49
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2024 03:42

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