China will replace the United States as the world’s dominant power. In so doing, it will not become more western but the world will become more Chinese.
Martin Jacques argues that we cannot understand China in western terms but only through its own history and culture. To this end, he introduces a powerful set of ideas including China as a civilization-state, the tributary system, the Chinese idea of race, a very different concept of the state, and the principle of contested modernity.
First published in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim – and controversy – ‘When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Rise of a New Global Order’ has sold a quarter of a million copies, been translated into eleven languages, nominated for two major literary awards, and has been the subject of an immensely popular TED talk. In the three years since the first edition was published, the book has transformed the debate about China worldwide and proved remarkably prescient.
In this greatly expanded and fully updated paperback edition, with nearly three-hundred pages of new material backed up by the latest statistical data, Martin Jacques renews his assault on conventional thinking about China’s ascendancy, showing how its impact will be as much political and cultural as economic, thereby transforming the world as we know it.
Praise for When China Rules the World:
“By far the best book on China to have been published in many years, and one of the most important inquiries into the nature of modernisation. Jacques’s comprehensive and richly detailed analysis will be an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to understand contemporary China”
- John Gray, New Statesman
“A very forcefully written, lively book that is full of provocations and predictions”
- Fareed Zakaria, CNN
“The West hopes that wealth, globalization and political integration will turn China into a gentle giant… But Jacques says that this is a delusion. Time will not make China more Western; it will make the West, and the world, more Chinese.”
- The Economist