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China and the World since 1945

An International History, 1st Edition

By Chi-kwan Mark


144 pages

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The emergence of China as a dominant regional power with global influence is a significant phenomenon in the twenty-first century. Its origin could be traced back to 1949 when the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong came to power and vowed to transform China and the world. After the ‘century of humiliation’, China was in constant search of a new identity on the world stage. From alliance with the Soviet Union in the 1950s, China normalized relations with America in the 1970s and embraced the global economy and the international community since the 1980s. This book examines China’s changing relations with the two superpowers, Asian neighbours, Third World countries, and European powers.

China and the World since 1945 offers an overview of China’s involvement in the Korean War, the Sino-Soviet split, Sino-American rapprochement, the end of the Cold War, and globalization. It assess the roles of security, ideology, and domestic politics in Chinese foreign policy and provides a synthesis of the latest archival-based research on China’s diplomatic history and Cold War international history

This engaging new study examines the rise of China from a long-term historical perspective and will be essential to students of Chinese history and contemporary international relations.


"this volume offers a clear-cut and persuasive survey of China's post-1949 path toward achieving regional and international recognition. A useful reader for general audiences in the West and for undergraduates everywhere. Highly recommended." - CHOICE, G. Zheng, Angelo State University, USA

Table of Contents

Preface. Chronology. Abbreviations. Introduction: History, Ideology, and Identity 1. Chinese Civil War and European Cold War, 1945-49 2. The Sino-Soviet Alliance and the Korean War, 1950-53 3. Peaceful Coexistence and Assertive Nationalism, 1954-57 4. Ideological Radicalization and the Sino-Soviet Split, 1958-64 5. The Vietnam War and Cultural-Revolution Diplomacy, 1965-68 6. Sino-Soviet Border War and Sino-American Rapprochement, 1969-72 7. Mao’s Last Diplomatic Struggle and Anti-Hegemony, 1972-78 8. Post-Mao Economic Reform and Independent Foreign Policy, 1979-89 9. Post-Cold War Challenges and Multilateral Diplomacy, 1990s 10. The Rise of China in the Twenty-first Century Conclusion. Further Reading

About the Author

Chi-kwan Mark is Lecturer in International History at Royal Holloway College, University of London. His research interests focus on British-American-Chinese relations during the Cold War and Hong Kong’s colonial and international history. He is the author of Hong Kong and the Cold War: Anglo-American Relations, 1949–1957 (2004).

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The Making of the Contemporary World

The Making of the Contemporary World series provides accessible interpretations of contemporary issues and debates within strongly defined historical frameworks. The range of the series is global, with each volume drawing together material from a range of disciplines - including economics, politics and sociology. The books in this series present compact, indispensable introductions for students studying the modern world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / China
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 21st Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies