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When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order [Paperback]

Martin Jacques
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  • Paperback: 812 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 2 Upd Exp edition (28 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143118005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143118008
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 840,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin Jacques is one of Britain's foremost public intellectuals. A Visiting Senior Research Fellow at IDEAS, the London School of Economics' centre for diplomacy and grand strategy, a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and a Fellow of the Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC, Martin Jacques is widely respected as a leading global expert on what could prove to be the most important geopolitical event of the past 200 years: the rise of China.

Born in Coventry in 1945, Martin Jacques earned a first class honours degree in Economics at Manchester University, followed by a masters degree, and then a PhD from Cambridge University. He subsequently held a lectureship in the Department of Economic and Social History at Bristol University.

In 1977, he became editor of Marxism Today, a post he held for fourteen years until the journal's closure in 1991, transforming what was an obscure and dull publication into a the most influential political magazine in Britain. In the early 1990, Jacques co-founded the think-tank Demos, and worked as deputy editor of The Independent. He has been a columnist for the Times, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Observer, and the New Statesman, as well as writing for many newspapers and magazines worldwide, including Financial Times, Economist, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Daily Beast, New Republic, Volkskrant, Corriere della Sera, L'Unita, Il Mondo, Süddeutsche Zeitung, South China Morning Post, and Folha Des Paulo.

He has made many television programs for the BBC, including writing and presenting Italy on Trial (1993), The Incredible Shrinking Politicians (1993), a two-part series on The End of the Western World (1996) and Proud to be Chinese (1998).

In recent years Martin Jacques has worked as a Visiting Professor at Renmin University, Beijing, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Singapore,a Visiting Research Fellow at the Asia Research Centre at the London School of Economics, and a Visiting Professor at both Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, and at the International Centre for Chinese Studies at Aichi University in Nagoya.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Martin Jacques' detailed, scholarly and thorough exploration of Chinese history, culture, business methods and future possibilities proves as paradigm changing as he believes China to be. In one volume, Jacques offers a full menu: An entrée of an overview and subtle insights followed by a main course of historical roots and futurist predictions. Perhaps most valuably, he grounds China's business policy, theory and practices - and their likely future forms - in its history, culture and politics. His Western interpretations of China's motives are poetic when poetry helps readers understand and hard-nosed when plain talk serves best. Jacques' years in China and East Asia, and his life-long reporting about business and policy, make him uniquely suited to illuminate this mammoth subject. getAbstract strongly recommends this book to anyone who is intrigued by China or is doing business in East Asia, and to anyone interested in the cyclical nature of world power throughout history, particularly those who seek to mine that cycle for profit.
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This is an exceptional book written with astonishing historical understanding combining the Western scholarship with own experiences from China. It shows a highly credible view of how our world will look like in the following decades. Quote Fareed Zakaria on the 2008 US presidential election debates: "[N]obody is talking about the rise of China, probably the most important thing happening in our lives." Luckily Jacques does. He takes the challenge and not just talks, but analyzes past, present and future on a way that has rarely seen before. Full credits for this bold survey on a hugely important topic. Jacques hits the bull's eye with this book and gives the best possible tool to understand the characteristics of the Sinocentric Post-American World of the 21st century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When China Rules the World 2 April 2010
It is my belief that future generations will look back on the 20'th Century wars in Europe the way we today look back on the Peloponnesian War fought by the ancient Greeks. An Homeric tragedy played out on an epic scale; amidst which Western civilization destroyed itself, in a series of bitter civil wars lasting some seventy years. Even today, millions exult in the Phyrric victories over Germany, and the later Cold War 'victory' over Soviet Russia; whilst remaining blissfully unaware of the phenomenal rise in the population and industrial power of China, the course and possible effects of which, this prophetic book attempts to chart.

Napoleon was the first western leader to realize the potential of China, whilst in the 1930's Adolf Hitler gave strident warning of the 'Asiatic threat to European civilization'. Regarding himself as the chosen saviour of "a world on the brink of disaster!" he laid out a drastic programme, which if acted upon then; might have enabled Europe not only to maintain her world domination, but to establish "the Aryan millennium".

History has made her judgement on that issue, and it now seems inevitable that "the Asiatic millennium" will have begun by 2030. By then China's billion strong workforce and surging economy, with India, Japan and the Asian Tigers close behind; will have wrested economic world mastery from America's ailing hands. With an ageing, dwindling population, riven by divisions of class, race and religion; there appears little the declining power of the West can now do to prevent this momentous event, but what will the effects of this New World Order be???

Unhampered by democracy; will China's Leaders want to follow the West's example?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Thesis 24 April 2012
Martin Jacques proposes an interesting thesis - one that might very well come true in the near future. I found it a good read that was backed up by quite convincing data.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Part Wish, Part Propaganda, Much Pish Posh 31 Dec 2011
Martin Jacques's When China Rules the World is well written, nicely packaged, and fails utterly in explaining why China is going to rule the world. But then, maybe we should it expect it to. After all, it's not called Why China Will Rule the World, but with a title like the one it has, one can be forgiven for expecting a concrete explanation.

In this book, you'll find academic prose, a massive select bibliography, 70 pages of notes, lovely maps and graphs, omissions of key evidence, wild speculation, unforgiveable leaps in logic, stupefying factual errors (Sun Yat-sen's philosophy was not influenced by Mencius; it was influenced by Abraham Lincoln), and a thesis that, if you will, repeatedly repeats itself repeatedly, but offers little in the way of support.

Before we look at the tome in toto, let's have a glance at its Taiwan section. The chapter on Taiwan gives a fairly accurate overview of China's and Taiwan's political history since 1949 and notes that 2009 saw a thaw in cross-strait relations. The two sides signed agreements regarding direct flights, and so on, therefore there might be `a resolution of disputes in the relatively near future.'

But those agreements were signed by the Nationalist Party, the organization that turned Taiwan into the Republic of China upon losing the Chinese Civil War. Never mind that China and Taiwan were only ever nominally united, and for a very short time (something Jacques fails to mention), a chief aim of the Nationalist Party is so-called reunification. Because it can't have "reunification," the Nationalists settle for closer ties with China. "Reunification" is impossible because the Nationalist Party's rival, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won't allow for it. Moreover, supporters from both parties don't want it.
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