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Chinese Nationalism in the Global Era

1st Edition

By Christopher R. Hughes


188 pages

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Presenting an analysis of the tension between nationalism and globalization in China since the beginning of the ‘reform and opening’ period in the late 1970s to the present day, this book makes a unique contribution to the on-going debate on the nature of Chinese nationalism. It shows how nationalism is used to link together key areas of policy-making, including economic policy, national unification and foreign policy.

Hughes provides historical context to the debate by examining how nationalism became incorporated into the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party in the 1980s and the ways in which this strengthened and combined with globalization discourse through the domestic crisis of the Tiananmen Massacre and the external shock of the Cold War’s conclusion. The different perspectives towards this resulting orthodoxy are discussed, including those of the state and dissent in mainland China and the alternative views from Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Based on Chinese sources throughout, this book offers a systematic treatment of Chinese nationalism, providing conceptual insights that allow the reader to grasp the complex weave of Chinese nationalist sentiment today and its implications for the future.


'Offers a very interesting insight into the foreign policy debates in Beijing, especially over the past decade.' - The Guardian

Table of Contents

Introduction: Chinese Nationalism in the Global Era 1. The Globalization of Nationalism Under ‘Reform and Opening’ 2. After 1989: Nationalism and the New Global Elite 3. Globalization and its Discontents 4. What Kind of a Status Quo Power?

About the Author

Christopher R. Hughes is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics, where he was Director of the Asia Research Centre, 2002-2005. He has published extensively on Chinese nationalism, including Taiwan and Chinese Nationalism (Routledge, 1997) and China and the Internet: Politics of the Digital Leap Forward (ed. with Gudrun Wacker) (Routledge, 2003).

About the Series

Politics in Asia

Politics in Asia
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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General