Discourses of Weakness in Modern China

Historical Diagnoses of the "Sick Man of East Asia"

Edited by Iwo Amelung

Discourses of Weakness in Modern China

Edited by Iwo Amelung

Distributed for Campus Verlag

586 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $55.00 ISBN: 9783593509020 Published February 2021
From the time of China’s defeat in the Sino-Japanese war of 1894–95 until the 1930s, the assumption that China was a “weak state” dominated political discourse in China and beyond. In those discussions, China was seen as  lacking competitiveness in a world that was increasingly being understood in harsh Darwinian terms. Aiming to better understand contemporary China’s self-image and identity, this volume traces both the emergence of the narrative of China’s alleged “national ruin” and the discursive construction of China as the “Sick Man of East Asia.”
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