Cover: The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making, from Harvard University PressCover: The Clash of Empires in PAPERBACK

The Clash of Empires

The Invention of China in Modern World Making

Add to Cart

Product Details


$33.00 • £26.95 • €29.50

ISBN 9780674019959

Publication Date: 04/15/2006


334 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

16 halftones, 2 line illustrations


  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Civilizations Do Not Clash; Empires Do
  • 1. The Semiotic Turn of International Politics
  • 2. The Birth of a Super-Sign
  • 3. Figuring Sovereignty
  • 4. Translating International Law
  • 5. The Secret of Her Greatness
  • 6. The Sovereign Subject of Grammar
  • Conclusion: The Emperor’s Empty Throne
  • Appendix: Lin Zexu’s Communication to Queen Victoria
  • Notes
  • Glossary of Chinese Characters
  • Index

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

(logo) SpeakOUT: 50th Anniversary

Speaking with SpeakOut Boston

We continue our celebration of Pride Month by talking with some of the speakers who volunteer with SpeakOUT Boston. They share their stories with a variety of audiences to foster a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, so we thought we’d ask them some questions of our own.