2nd Edition

The Chinese Machiavelli 3000 Years of Chinese Statecraft

Edited By Vern Bengtson Copyright 2004
    370 Pages
    by Routledge

    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    Machiavelli drew on 2000 years of history to develop theories on how to make war, how to win battles, and how to gain power and keep it. Using Machiavelli as a springboard, Dennis and Ching Ping Bloodworth boldly and adroitly map out 3000 years of Chinese political-military history--from Confucius to Mao Zedong--using Machiavell's discourse of power politics. They reveal a pageantry of Chinese historical figures, from wise strategists, heroic generals, crafty statesmen, and ruthless emperors to brave knights-errant, and from stately Confucian philosophers to shrewd, cunning Legalist thinkers, without the usual Confucian restraint.

    The Chinese Machiavelli intends to help Western readers, who may be puzzled by Chinese diplomatic and military strategy, understand the principles that have guided both past and present Chinese leaders. For instance, why have modern communist Chinese leaders often befriended right-wing European politicians who are out of office rather than left-wing leaders in power? Why did they entertain President Nixon while the United States was at war with North Vietnam? Within the framework of a chronological history concentrating on power politics and using the social and cultural scene as a backdrop, the Bloodworths use China's long history to find answers.

    Peter Li's preface for this new edition explains the structure of the book and offers a penetrating analysis of the authors' style and method. Although The Chinese Machiavelli is authored for the general public rather than for the specialist, the latter will also benefit from reading this history. The authors describe the continuity of Chinese history and reveal how knowledge of China's past sheds light on the political behavior of China's rulers today.

    One: Thinking; 1: Curtain Raiser; 2: Tall Man from Lu; 3: Little Jesus, Big Marx; 4: The Straw Dogs; 5: Government by Goodness; 6: The Day of the Kissingers; 7: The Mixmasters; 8: Machiavellissimo; Two: Fighting; 9: The Gentle Art of War; 10: The Downhill Struggle; 11: The Knight and the Nobody; 12: Armies for Two; 13: Empire for One; 14: Prologue to Chaos; 15: Talk of Ts’ao Ts’ao; 16: The Keys of the Kingdoms; 17: Chinese Cutthroat; 18: Third-Party Risk; 19: The Drama in Modern Dress; Three: Ruling; 20: The Case for Murder; 21: The Golden Rule of the Assassin; 22: The Soft Touch; 23: Absolute Scholarship Corrupts Absolutely; 24: The Hero Worshippers; 25: The Living Dead; 26: The Tongue and the Teeth; 27: All Chinese Are Brothers; 28: Barbarians in Perspective; 29: Democrazy; Four: Analyzing; 30: Past for Consumption; 31: Western Approaches; 32: From the Top


    Dennis Bloodworth