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  • Published: 29 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9780140276046
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 848
  • RRP: $35.00

When China Rules The World




Martin Jacques' celebrated book overturns conventional thinking about the ascendancy of China, showing how its impact will not just be economic, but cultural.

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.
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.

  • Pub date: 29 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9780140276046
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 848
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Martin Jacques

Martin Jacques co-edited and co-authored The Forward March of Labour Halted?, The Politics of Thatcherism, and New Times. Jacques co-founded the UK think-tank Demos, has been a columnist for the Times of London, and was editor of Marxism Today and deputy editor of the Independent. He currently writes a regular column for the Guardianand is a visiting research fellow at the London School of Economics Asia Research Centre.


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