Foreign relations historian Warren I. Cohen does a masterly job of condensing more than 200 years of Sino-American history (up to the Clinton administration, so not including today’s complex fiscal ties) into a brief, readable book. For the most part, his approach is factual and reportorial – Cohen avoids grand sweeps of theory and interpretation. However, to the untrained eye, this book may seem quite confusing: Cohen uses the Wade-Giles system of romanizing Chinese characters, rather than the more familiar pinyin system, and his organization of historic material is only very roughly chronological. Readers will nonetheless acquire a strong sense of the important themes, the major evolutionary stages and the prominent figures involved in the development of Sino-U.S. relations. getAbstract recommends this retrospective account to anyone with a professional, non-academic interest in the history of America’s relationship with China.
In this summary, you will learn
- How Sino-U.S. relations developed from the 18th century to the end of the 20th century;
- What historic antecedents set up their 20th century relationship; and
- Why that relationship was both fragile and necessary.
About the Author
Warren I. Cohen is an historian of America’s foreign relations. He specializes in U.S. relations with East Asia.