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This book is a reappraisal of America’s China policy at the end of the nineteenth century in which the author takes issue with analyses that have, in her opinion, overstressed the importance of economic motives. Marilyn Young argues that the contradictions in policy sprang as much or more from the singularly vehement and often confused nationalism of the period. Her study examines the effects of the confrontation between the two countries and provides a fresh perspective on America’s role in the Far East that helps explain the genesis of many attitudes still prevalent in this country.