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The Clash of Empires

The Invention of China in Modern World Making

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$32.00 • £25.95 • €29.00

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

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