Return of the Dragon: China's Wounded Nationalism

Synopsis

As Maoism recedes, and especially after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Beijing has increasingly turned to patriotic nationalism for its ideological inspiration and legitimation. Return of the Dragon begins with a discussion of the concept and theory of nationalism. The formation and development of the Chinese people are explored, including their myths of origins, early beginnings, the classical feudal period, and the enduring state and empire of the Middle Kingdom. The last chapters of Return of the Dragon describe contemporary China's patriotic nationalism as it is represented in the writings of Chinese intellectuals, the youth, and the military. The book concludes with an examination of the Chinese polity that remains authoritarian, and of U.S. policy implications.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 2001