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Sacred Mandates: Asian International Relations since Chinggis Khan (Silk Roads) Paperback – 14 May 2018

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (14 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022656276X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226562766
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,109,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Sacred Mandates achieves a fundamental and sweeping revision to how we think about nation-states and nationalism. The scholarship is cutting-edge, and the contributors are all established scholars--the leaders in their fields and subfields. Nowhere else can readers find such impressive scholarship on the deep historical roots of Inner and East Asian international relations in one volume, let alone one that is well written and clearly organized like this."--James Carter, St. Joseph's University

"These thoughtful and readable essays explore China's relations with its neighbors and distant lands from the Mongol era to the present and challenge traditional views. They emphasize that realpolitik or pragmatic assessment of its own power and information about foreign states, peoples, or tribes, not a monolithic approach based on Confucian attitudes or, in recent times, communist ideology, shaped China's policies. Citizens and specialists on China, as well as policy makers will need to consider the well-informed and perceptive interpretations in this valuable work."--Morris Rossabi, City University of New York

About the Author

Timothy Brook is professor of history at the University of British Columbia. Michael van Walt van Praag is executive president of Kreddha, a conflict resolution organization, and senior fellow at the Institute for Social Sciences, University of California at Davis, an international jurist. Miek Boltjes is a mediator in intrastate conflicts and director of dialogue facilitation at Kreddha.

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