A History of Sino-American Relations
America's Response to China has long been the standard resource for a succinct, historically grounded assessment of an increasingly complicated relationship. Written by one of America's leading diplomatic historians, this book analyzes the concerns and conceptions that have shaped U.S.-China policy and examines their far-reaching outcomes. Warren I. Cohen begins with the mercantile interests of the newly independent American colonies and discusses subsequent events up to the Tiananmen Square massacre and the policies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. For this fifth edition, Cohen adds a chapter on America in the age of potential Chinese ascendance, envisioning future partnerships and the shrinking global influence of the United States. Trenchant and insightful, America's Response to China is critically important for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century.
Warren Cohen... [is] the leading historian of Sino-American relations of his generation. This book has much to offer both newcomers to its subject as well as those who have been studying relations between these two countries nearly as long as its author.
A fresh new look at the history of United States diplomacy towards China.... The subject will never be the same again.
John King Fairbank
Lucid and concise... a model of its kind, thoughtful, even-tempered, and extremely well-written.
Provocative and perceptive.
A venerable work.
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
Preface to the Fifth Edition
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments to the Fifth Edition
Prologue: The Barbarians and the Tribute System
1. The Development of the Treaty System
2. The United States as a Power in East Asia
3. In the Light of the Rising Sun
4. The Response to Chinese Nationalism
5. China as an Abstraction -- The Conflict with Japan
6. Communism in China
7. The Great Aberration
8. Rapprochement -- At Last
9. In the Shadow of Tiananmen
10. America in the Age of Chinese Power