"The Clash of Empires" brings to light the cultural legacy of sovereign thinking that emerged in the course of the violent meetings between the British Empire and the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Lydia Liu demonstrates how the collision of imperial will and competing interests, rather than the civilisational attributes of existing nations and cultures, led to the invention of 'China', 'the East', 'the West', and the modern notion of 'the world' in recent history. Drawing on her archival research and comparative analyses of English - and Chinese - language texts, as well as their respective translations, she explores how the rhetoric of barbarity and civilisation, friend and enemy, and discourses on sovereign rights, injury, and dignity were a central part of British imperial warfare. Exposing the military and philological - and almost always translingual - nature of the clash of empires, this book provides a startlingly new interpretation of modern imperial history.
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(235mm x 155mm x 19mm)
Harvard University Press
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Author Biography - Lydia H. Liu
Lydia H. Liu is Helmut F. Stern Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Michigan.