Why China Slept
The book offers new perspectives on the history of China’s late imperial period and presents a much-needed novel explanation for China’s stagnation and decline in recent centuries. It begins by questioning all the conventional wisdom on the factors behind China’s relative lack of progress and subsequent decline since the 15th century and follows with a fresh interpretation of China’s past. The new vantage points provide insights into China’s resurgence in recent decades and its significance for other nations. The book also makes projections on the general direction that China’s future evolution is likely to take with respect to its market economy, rule of law and representative institutions.
The author aims to deepen international understanding of China’s past and present which will hopefully facilitate the development of more productive relationships between China and other nations. The book is written so that it appeals to students, academics as well as the general public and whoever is interested in gaining a better understanding of China’s rapid rise today. The book is relevant to third and fourth year undergraduate courses in history, economics, international relations, law and political science. It can be used as a text book for upper class core or elective courses in history and economics and as a reference book for upper class courses in international relations, law and political science. It can also serve as a reference book for graduate students in the above disciplines.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Names: Leung, Patrick (Lecturer in economics and finance), author.Title: New perspectives on China’s late imperial period: why China slept /Patrick Leung.Includes bibliographical references and index.Identifiers: LCCN 2019005686 | ISBN 978-1-4331-6593-1 (hardback: alk. paper)ISBN 978-1-4331-6846-8 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-6847-5 (epub)ISBN 978-1-4331-6848-2 (mobi)Subjects: LCSH: East and West. | China—History—Ming dynasty, 1368–1644. |China—History—Qing dynasty, 1644–1912. | China—Economicconditions—1644–1912. | China—Social life and customs—1644–1912. |China—Social conditions—1644–1912.Classification: LCC DS753.L46 | DDC 951/.02—dc23LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2019005686DOI 10.3726/b15540
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