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Hong Kong in the Cold War

Hong Kong in the Cold War Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Priscilla Roberts,John M. Carroll
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The Cold War was a distinct and crucial period in Hong Kong's evolution and in its relations with China and the rest of the world. Hong Kong was a window through which the West could monitor what was happening in China and an outlet that China could use to keep in touch with the outside world. Exploring the many complexities of Cold War politics from a global and interdisciplinary perspective, Hong Kong in the Cold War shows how Hong Kong attained and honed a pragmatic tradition that bridged the abyss between such opposite ideas as capitalism and communism, thus maintaining a compromise between China and the rest of the world. The chapters are written by nine leading international scholars and address issues of diplomacy and politics, finance and economics, intelligence and propaganda, refugees and humanitarianism, tourism and popular culture, and their lasting impact on Hong Kong. Far from simply describing a historical period, these essays show that Hong Kong's unique Cold War experience may provide a viable blueprint for modern-day China to develop a similar model of good governance and may in fact hold the key to the successful implementation of the One Country Two Systems idea. “This is a timely collection of essays on the role of Hong Kong in a global context and its multifaceted relationship with mainland China. It is emerging at a particularly appropriate moment when the local community has been provoked to reflect on its common fate under the notion of ‘one country, two systems.’” —Ray Yep, City University of Hong Kong “Hong Kong, the ‘Berlin of the East,’ was transformed by the Cold War, an existential conflict between capitalism and communism. Consequently, this fine volume is a must-read for political, cultural, and economic historians of Hong Kong. International historians should also add this collection of essays and cutting-edge empirical studies to their reading lists: it will enrich their understandings of the Global Cold War.” —David Clayton, University of York

Going Soft? The US and China Go Global

Going Soft? The US and China Go Global Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Priscilla Roberts
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What is “soft power”? How can a country acquire and enjoy it? Is it the product of public or private initiatives? How significant is “soft power” in world affairs? The concept of “soft power,” the idea that international success depends not just upon weaponry, force, and military coercion, but also on admiration and respect for a country’s culture and way of life, is winning ever-greater global attention. As China enjoys ever-increasing heft on the global scene, many Chinese officials seek to emulate the past success of the United States in dominating the world, not simply militarily, but in terms of influence and prestige. Most are very conscious that “soft power” can be extremely valuable in terms of supplementing and boosting their country’s military and strategic position, but are often uncertain as to how to deploy the instruments of propaganda and cultural diplomacy most effectively. The essays in this volume, largely written by scholars based in mainland China, represent an extended effort to debate and assess the theoretical concept of “soft power” and just what it means and how it works in practice. The authors focus upon the practical impact and implications of “soft power” in diverse settings and situations in the United States past and present. How, they ask, does “soft power” relate to issues of religion, gender, race, and social equality, at home and abroad? What do American elections and political rhetoric do for American “soft power”? Will China succeed in rivalling the United States in power, whether hard, soft, or smart? And how will “soft power” feature in US-China relations, present and future?

Mongolia and the United States

Mongolia and the United States Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jonathan S. Addleton
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Former U.S. ambassador Jonathan Addleton provides a pioneering firsthand look at the remarkable growth of civil society and diplomatic ties between two countries separated by vast distances yet sharing a growing list of strategic interests and values. While maintaining positive ties with Russia and China, its powerful neighbors and still-dominant trading partners, Mongolia has sought "third neighbors" to help provide balance, including Canada, Japan, Korea, European nations, and the United States. For its part, the United States has supported Mongolia as an emerging democracy while fostering development and commercial relations. People-to-people ties have significantly expanded in recent years, as has a security partnership that supports Mongolias emergence as a provider of military peacekeepers under the U.N. flag in Sierra Leone, Chad, Kosovo, Darfur, South Sudan, and elsewhere.While focusing on diplomatic relations over the last quarter century, Addleton also briefly describes American encounters with Mongolia over the past 150 years. More recently, Mongolia has emerged as a magnet for foreign investment, making it one of the worlds fastest growing economies.

The American Consul: A History of the United States Consular Service 1776–1924. Revised Second Edition

The American Consul: A History of the United States Consular Service 1776–1924. Revised Second Edition Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Charles Stuart Kennedy
Editor: New Academia Publishing
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This book traces the significant history of the U.S. Consular Service, America's principal representation abroad through most its history. This new edition adds the period 1914 to 1924, after which the Consular Service was integrated with the Diplomatic Service to form the present-day Foreign Service of the United States. This volume thus adds the work of the Consular Service through the end of World War I, the Greek disaster in Turkey, and Germany in the early years of the Weimar Republic. Consuls have played an important role in relations between countries from ancient times to the present. Consuls look after the citizens of their respective countries temporarily living elsewhere, and they act as quasi-diplomatic representatives wherever they are located. In this book the author briefly traces the history of consuls from their creation in the Egypt of the Pharaohs to their spread across the sailing routes of the Mediterranean to the rest of the world. The book focuses mainly on the development of the Consular Service of the United States. As a British colony Americans relied on the far-flung British consular system to take care of their sailors and merchants, but after the Revolution they had to scramble to create an American service. While the American diplomatic establishment was confined by protocol to the major capitals of the world, U.S. consular posts proliferated to most of the major ports where the expanding American merchant marine called. Mostly untrained political appointees, each consul was a lonely individual relying on his native wits to provide adequate help to distressed Americans, mainly seamen. As consular appointments were often used as a reward for authors and other talented people, the American Consular Service could boast of such noteworthy members as Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fennimore Cooper, William Dean Howells, Bret Harte, and the cartoonist Thomas Nast. Winston Churchill's grandfather was an American consul, as was Fiorello LaGuardia, later mayor of New York. American consuls played significant roles in the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I and its aftermath.

Raising the Flag

Raising the Flag Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Peter Eicher
Editor: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 1640120408
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Since its inception the United States has sent envoys to advance American interests abroad, both across oceans and to areas that later became part of the country. Little has been known about these first envoys until now. From China to Chile, Tripoli to Tahiti, Mexico to Muscat, Peter D. Eicher chronicles the experience of the first American envoys in foreign lands. Their stories, often stranger than fiction, are replete with intrigues, revolutions, riots, war, shipwrecks, swashbucklers, desperadoes, and bootleggers. The circumstances the diplomats faced were precursors to today’s headlines: Americans at war in the Middle East, intervention in Latin America, pirates off Africa, trade deficits with China. Early envoys abroad faced hostile governments, physical privations, disease, isolation, and the daunting challenge of explaining American democracy to foreign rulers. Many suffered threats from tyrannical despots, some were held as slaves or hostages, and others led foreign armies into battle. Some were heroes, some were scoundrels, and many perished far from home. From the American Revolution to the Civil War, Eicher profiles the characters who influenced the formative period of American diplomacy and the first steps the United States took as a world power. Their experiences combine to chart key trends in the development of early U.S. foreign policy that continue to affect us today. Raising the Flag illuminates how American ideas, values, and power helped shape the modern world.

A Leaf In The Bitter Wind

A Leaf In The Bitter Wind Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ting-Xing Ye
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One of the best ways to understand history is through eye-witness accounts. Ting-Xing Ye’s riveting first book, A Leaf in the Bitter Wind, is a memoir of growing up in Maoist China. It was an astonishing coming of age through the turbulent years of the Cultural Revolution (1966 - 1974). In the wave of revolutionary fervour, peasants neglected their crops, exacerbating the widespread hunger. While Ting-Xing was a young girl in Shanghai, her father’s rubber factory was expropriated by the state, and he was demoted to a labourer. A botched operation left him paralyzed from the waist down, and his health deteriorated rapidly since a capitalist’s well-being was not a priority. He died soon after, and then Ting-Xing watched her mother’s struggle with poverty end in stomach cancer. By the time she was thirteen, Ting-Xing Ye was an orphan, entrusted with her brothers and sisters to her Great-Aunt, and on welfare. Still, the Red Guards punished the children for being born into the capitalist class. Schools were being closed; suicide was rampant; factories were abandoned for ideology; distrust of friends and neighbours flourished. Ting-Xing was sent to work on a distant northern prison farm at sixteen, and survived six years of backbreaking labour and severe conditions. She was mentally tortured for weeks until she agreed to sign a false statement accusing friends of anti-state activities. Somehow finding the time to teach herself English, often by listening to the radio, she finally made it to Beijing University in 1974 as the Revolution was on the wane — though the acquisition of knowledge was still frowned upon as a bourgeois desire and study was discouraged. Readers have been stunned and moved by this simply narrated personal account of a 1984-style ideology-gone-mad, where any behaviour deemed to be bourgeois was persecuted with the ferocity and illogic of a witch trial, and where a change in politics could switch right to wrong in a moment. The story of both a nation and an individual, the book spans a heady 35 years of Ye’s life in China, until her eventual defection to Canada in 1987 — and the wonderful beginning of a romance with Canadian author William Bell. The book was published in 1997. The 1990s saw the publication of several memoirs by Chinese now settled in North America. Ye’s was not the first, yet earned a distinguished place as one of the most powerful, and the only such memoir written from Canada. It is the inspiring story of a woman refusing to “drift with the stream” and fighting her way through an impossible, unjust system. This compelling, heart-wrenching story has been published in Germany, Japan, the US, UK and Australia, where it went straight to #1 on the bestseller list and has been reprinted several times; Dutch, French and Turkish editions will appear in 2001.

Un enfant du Bronx

Un enfant du Bronx Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Colin Powell,Joseph E. Persico
Editor: Odile Jacob
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Colin Powell est l'incarnation du rêve américain. Né de parents jamaïcains, il a connu la jungle des rues avant d'entamer une brillante carrière dans l'armée puis à Washington. Le reste appartient à l'histoire. L'homme qui a été à la tête des armées des États-Unis, aujourd'hui l'une des figures qui comptent dans la vie politique américaine, raconte son parcours : du bourbier vietnamien aux garnisons de Corée, du Sud profond aux couloirs du Pentagone et aux antichambres de la Maison-Blanche, sous Reagan et Bush, à l'époque de la Guerre des Étoiles, comme au moment de l'Irangate ou de la guerre du Golfe.

Le devisement du monde

Le devisement du monde Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Marco Polo,Thomas Tanase
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Si le nom de Marco Polo est universellement connu, on sait moins que Le devisement du monde – tel est le titre original de l’œuvre présentant ses voyages –, autrement dit « la description du monde » est le fruit d’une collaboration entre le célèbre voyageur vénitien et un écrivain de métier, Rustichello da Pisa, qui avait choisi le français comme langue d’écriture, à l’instar de nombre d’écrivains italiens de son temps. L’œuvre a connu rapidement le succès, elle a été adaptée ou traduite en plusieurs langues, de sorte qu’elle nous a été transmise dans diverses « versions » ou « rédactions », française, toscanes, vénitiennes, latines, catalane, franco-italienne. C’est cette dernière, souvent considérée comme la rédaction de référence et la plus proche de l’original, que propose le présent ouvrage, pour la première fois sous la forme d’une édition bilingue, édition critique du seul manuscrit sous lequel elle nous est parvenue (BN fr. 1116), traduction en français contemporain. On découvre une langue déroutante et chatoyante, un français coloré de nombreux italianismes. Cet ouvrage bénéficie d’une traduction fidèle et élégante, d’une introduction et de notes substantielles. ,

Chez Les Yan. Une famille au coeur d'un siècle d'histoire chinoise

Chez Les Yan. Une famille au coeur d'un siècle d'histoire chinoise Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lan Yan
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Cette saga familiale nous raconte les transformations de la Chine du début du XXe siècle à nos jours. Yan Lan a grandi dans la proximité des hommes les plus puissants de la Chine, de Zhou Enlai à Deng Xiaoping... Son grand-père, Yan Baohang, d'abord compagnon de route du nationaliste Chiang Kai-shek, épouse la cause communiste et sera agent secret pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Son père, Yan Mingfu, diplomate, interprète personnel de Mao pour le russe, est le seul témoin vivant des discussions entre Mao et les dirigeants soviétiques. Mais la Révolution culturelle fait basculer la vie des Yan. Lan a neuf ans quand, un soir, les Gardes rouges font irruption dans l'appartement familial. Son grand-père est jeté en prison et meurt sept mois plus tard. Son père croupira dans une cellule pendant sept ans et demi. Sa mère, Wu Keliang, diplomate, accusée d'être issue d'une famille de contre-révolutionnaires, est reléguée dans un camp de rééducation par le travail où elle passera cinq ans avec sa fille. En retraçant la vie des siens, Yan Lan fait revivre un siècle d'histoire chinoise, du dernier empereur à aujourd'hui, en passant par la Révolution culturelle où vient se fracasser son enfance. Comme rarement, le lecteur pénètre les arcanes d'un système devenu fou qui décimera une grande partie de l'élite intellectuelle, économique et politique du pays. Pourtant la Chine s'est relevée, et l'histoire des Yan après la mort de Mao est celle du réveil chinois. La petite fille broyée par la Révolution culturelle est devenue l'une des femmes d'affaires les plus actives de son pays. La saga des Yan se poursuit, en écho avec les évolutions de la Chine contemporaine.

La semaine de 4 heures

La semaine de 4 heures Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Timothy Ferriss
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Vous rêvez d'échapper à la routine du métro-boulot-dodo, de gagner de l'argent sans vous épuiser à la tâche, ou tout simplement de vivre mieux en travaillant moins ? Alors, voici ce que vous apprendra ce livre : • comment vous organiser pour gagner en un mois, à raison de 4 heures par semaine, le salaire que vous gagnez jusqu’à présent en un an ; • comment rejoindre les Nouveaux Bienheureux, qui réalisent leurs rêves et jouissent de la vie sans attendre une hypothétique retraite. Plus de bon temps, plus d’argent, plus de mobilité : ce livre est un véritable manifeste pour un changement radical de mode de vie. La recette de Timothy Ferriss est fondée sur sa propre expérience. Il vous démontrera qu’il est possible de diviser par deux sa masse de travail en identifiant les tâches essentielles et les plus rentables, d’utiliser l’assistanat à distance pour mettre en place un « management par l’absence », de cultiver l’ignorance sélective grâce à une diète d’informations... et ceci dans un unique but : mener une belle carrière d’entrepreneur en travaillant seulement 4 heures par semaine ! Cette nouvelle édition contient les témoignages de lecteurs qui ont doublé leurs revenus, délégué la plus grande partie de leurs tâches et réinventé leur vie après avoir lu ce livre. Vous y trouverez des procédures types pour vous libérer de votre dépendance aux mails, apprendre à négocier avec vos clients difficiles, ou rédiger une proposition de télétravail à l’attention de votre patron... Ainsi que les dernières astuces de Timothy Ferriss pour vivre comme un diplomate ou un millionnaire, sans être ni l’un ni l’autre !

Hazel Wood

Hazel Wood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Melissa Albert,Maud Ortalda,GOOD WIVES AND WARRIORS
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"Ne t'approche sous aucun prétexte d'Hazel Wood." Ces quelques mots laissés par la mère d'Alice juste avant son enlèvement scellent à tout jamais le destin de la jeune fille. Hazel Wood, la résidence légendaire d'Althéa Proserpine, auteur des célèbres "Contes de l'Hinterland". Hazel Wood, dont vient d'hériter Alice. Hazel Wood, où Alice doit s'aventurer pour espérer sauver sa mère. Hazel Wood, cette demeure d'où semblent s'échapper des personnages inventés par Althéa. Hazel Wood, dont personne ne revient jamais. Et si Hazel Wood était bien plus qu'un simple manoir ? Un leurre ? Une porte d'entrée sur l'Hinterland ? Et si Alice était bien plus qu'une simple New-Yorkaise ? Une princesse ? Une tueuse ? Il était une fois... Hazel Wood.

Feuilles d'automne

Feuilles d'automne Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Adeline Yen mah
Editor: Archipoche
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En 1937, la première épouse de Mr Yen, capitaine d'industrie à Tianjin, meurt quelques jours après avoir donné naissance à une petite fi lle, Adeline, surnommée " Petite Cinquième ". Le chagrin du père est de courte durée : il se remarie à une séduisante Franco-Chinoise, Niang, femme futile et vaniteuse, avide de mondanités. À la maison, Niang ne cache pas son mépris pour les enfants nés du premier lit. C'est à Adeline que Niang réserve les trésors de sa cruauté. Malgré l'amour et la protection de sa chère tante Baba, " Petite Cinquième " devient le bouc émissaire de toute la famille.En 1947, redoutant le péril communiste, la famille Yen quitte Shanghaï et s'exile à Hong-Kong. Adeline ne fait pas partie du voyage. Placée seule dans un orphelinat français à Tianjin, elle est, à la demande de ses parents, privée de visites et de courrier. C'est dans cette prison, pourtant, qu'elle va découvrir la clé de son existence : les livres...Première édition : l'Archipel, 2000.