I tried to skim over these parts, but the writing is very dense with long paragraphs which makes skimming difficult. They'll just have to pay homage and admit Chinese hegemony. Bernard Lewis and Samuel Huntington of neo-con fame. The rise of China has inevitably begun to disrupt this, and will disrupt it much further as the century progresses. In this far-reaching and original investigation, Martin Jacques offers provocative answers to some of the most pressing questions about China's growing place on the world stage. Martin Jacques is a little too in love with his thesis. States and governments are inevitably more influenced by their geopolitical interests than their presumed common culture.
Troy Parfitt is the author of Why China Will Never Rule the World Lately there have been a lot of negative reviews about this book, a review that equates Jacques with cringe! On blanket statements, we have things like his claims about the profitability of remaining state-owned enterprises. Under the tributary system, outlying states paid tribute to the Middle Kingdom. The book is not well structured enough to avoid repetition of the same insights and conclusions. Most Chinese people are also probably perfectly happy to accept this. They compete with domestic and overseas private companies.
Hence in India we have a mash up of everything. All we can hope is that cool minds prevail on both sides of the fence. This book provides the exact anti-thesis. China is a freak of nature. The main problem is that there is on one hand too much information, and on the other hand not enough real insights. I have read some of the reviews of this book -- not all, of course -- and have to say that I have rarely seen so many understand so little. You surely do still like free presses and elections, right? As they become more powerful, however, the other 80% will become more united in its interest in containing China.
This change in relative power is a fact, and the data that he marshals to support his point is an absolute treasure trove. If this book is the West's only roadmap to why this change has occurred, what it means for the world, and how to address the issues it raises, then we're going to have a tough time of it. I shouldn't have finished it. Her death led to the introduction of anti-racism laws in 2008. I thought Jacques effectively emphasised the importance of Confucian philosophy to Chinese culture, even in what is, even if in name only, a communist state. Not putting enough focus on the lack of human rights or personal freedoms in the book for my liking.
How China's ascendance as an economic superpower will alter the cultural, political, social, and ethnic balance of global power in the twenty-first century, unseating the West and in the process creating a whole new world According to even the most conservative estimates, China will overtake the United States as the world's largest economy by 2027 and will ascend to the position of world economic leader by 2050. A Socio-Cultural Approach to International Relations Martin Jacques adopts a predominantly socio-cultural approach to the question of international relations. A self defeating one if we don't wake up. We may want to still call it Western, Eastern or whatever name and some may not like it in competitive spirit, but most of the changes brought are not insidious the way they are often painted. The thesis is perhaps over-stated but the general theme is a movement away from a Western-centric world and that is fairly hard to argue with - it is a shame that the author was not able to offer a less sensationalist and more academically balanced work on this topic. What's important to keep in mind while reading this book is to Lately there have been a lot of negative reviews about this book, a review that equates Jacques with cringe! Some of the conclusion are very interesting e.
And we Americans are so parochial that we won't even know what hit us. With a 5000 year history, blessed with oodles of patience, Chinese are waiting in the wings. I just couldn't suffer through the last 100-150 pages. Pre-financial crisis, people probably did take an excessively relaxed view of the consequences of China's rise. At the same time, I liked the book for what it offered. We should stop judging them for this and just accept that maybe democracy isn't the path for everybody. The author says that China will transform the world far more fundamentally than any other new global power in the last two centuries, and that they are the elephant in the room that nobody is willing to recognize.
The detailed facts and figures about China's economy were perhaps overdone and unnecessary, especially since they were outdated the moment the book was published. I thought Jacques effectively emphasised the importance of Confucian philosophy to Chinese culture, even in what is, even if in name only, a communist state. Every American who says they're educated should read this book. Its got far past the point where a fair comeback is possible. From a formal point of view it's a tiring reading. While I agree with the thesis that China's growing economic power will make it the most influential nation of the 21st century, and that this shift will have far reaching consequences that the world is only starting to feel , I was unable to get more than a couple of pages at a time before I found some other assertion by the author that was often at best unsupported by his previous text and occasionally at worst clearly wrong.
That it should be accorded such a universal role is a consequence of the fact that it is so deeply rooted in the culture that it is seen as part of the natural order of things. For me, the book never lived up to the promise. The American mythos of its rebellion and its independence give it a world view that conditions the way its people behave and react, and expect their government to behave and react. That much is true at any rate. China is the latest contending client alongside Japan and the United States for the much-coveted oil in the Middle East.
It was just presented differently than I anticipated. Or his downplaying of how outlying states have in the past kicked against Chinese hegemony. Heinrich draws on intellectual sources from various fields: the history of medicine, the history of science, visual cultural studies, critical theory, and literary studies. At initial publication this book performed a valuable service. I found myself fighting to maintain my interest and attention. Finally, the author cannot hide its love on everything Chinese. Since the first publication of When China Rules the World, the landscape of world power has shifted dramatically.