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The book asks why it is that China despite its size and once advanced culture and technology did not become a world power centuries ago? Burman traces the answer through Chinese innate sense of superiority which made foreign conquest and trade an irrelevance. This is about to change with the evolution of what is termed the Stealth Empire characterised by world dominance in the production of consumer goods, a growing share of world manufacturing and a strong sense of nationalism. The Chinese believe that they need to do nothing as they evolve by the middle of the century into the dominant world power. Burman's book opens a window onto this history and growing sense of national destiny. It will be essential reading for anyone wanting to understand what is going on in the Stealth Empire.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750946834
ISBN-10: 0750946830
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Edward Burman

Edward Burman is a British born author, company director and management consultant resident in Beijing. He is also Visiting Professor at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts where he teaches European Culture. Among his previous books are The Inquisition: the Hammer of Heresy, 1984 and Emperor to Emperor: Italy Before the Renaissance

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