Realpolitik Nationalism

  title={Realpolitik Nationalism},
  author={Lei Guang},
  journal={Modern China},
  pages={487 - 514}
  • Lei Guang
  • Published 1 October 2005
  • Sociology
  • Modern China
Conventional understandings of Chinese nationalism often portray it as anti-Western, focusing on Chinese nationalists’ obsession with a powerful state and on their ambition to recover the glory of China’s historical empire. Such understandings clearly underlie the fear and hostility toward rising Chinese nationalism today. But this view relies too heavily on China’s conflictive relations with the West and overemphasizes the impact of China’s unique history, culture, and politics, making it hard… 

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