Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present
Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present

Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present

June Teufel Dreyer
  • Looks at the history of the present-day enmity between China and Japan, the world's second and third largest economic powers
  • Argues that the contemporary rivalries between the two states are symptoms of hostilities stretching back to the beginning of relations between the two states
  • Examines current issues such as war guilt, visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, and territorial disputes
  • Cautions that unless China and Japan can learn to co-exist, the stability of the regional and global systems will be jeopardized

New to this Edition:

  • New epilogue focusing on the issues that dominate China and Japan's fraught current relationship including economic competition, resurgent nationalism, military tensions, and globalization

Japan and China have been rivals for more than a millennium. In more recent times, China was the more powerful until the late nineteenth century, while Japan took the upper hand in the twentieth. Now, China's resurgence has emboldened it even as Japan perceives itself falling behind, exacerbating long-standing historical frictions. June Teufel Dreyer's Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun provides a highly accessible overview of one of the world's great civilizational rivalries that ranges from the seventh century to the present. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, the shrinking distances afforded by advances in technology and the intrusion of Western powers brought the two into closer proximity in ways that alternately united and divided them. In the aftermath of multiple wars between them, including a long and brutal conflict in World War II, Japan developed into an economic power but rejected militarism. China's journey toward modernization was hindered by ideological and leadership struggles that lasted until the death of Mao Zedong in 1976. The final part focuses on the issues that dominate China and Japan's current relationship: economic rivalry, memories of World War II, resurgent nationalism, military tensions, Taiwan, the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, and globalization. Dreyer argues that recent disputes should be seen as manifestations of embedded rivalries rather than as issues whose resolution would provide a lasting solution to deep-standing disputes. For the paperback edition, she has added a new afterword that takes readers up to the present day.


Section One
Chapter One: Getting to the Present
Chapter Two: China, Japan, and the Coming of the West, 1835-1945
Chapter Three: Wary Engagement: 1945-1969
Chapter Four: The Tortuous Path to Normalization: 1969-1972
Chapter Five: The Golden Age of Sino-Japanese Relations, 1972-1989
Chapter Six: Tarnished Gold, 1989-2006
Chapter Seven: Contradictions Deepen: 2006-2015

Section Two
Chapter Eight: Economic Rivalry
Chapter Nine: Mutual Military Apprehensions
Chapter Ten: Taiwan Between Two Powers

Section Three
Chapter Eleven: Conclusions

Epilogue for the Paperback Edition: Managing a Fragile Relationship


June Teufel Dreyer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami. Formerly senior Far East specialist at the Library of Congress, she has also served as Asia policy advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and as commissioner of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission established by the U.S. Congress.

"An important book which vividly and uniquely places the prospect of China and Japan avoiding a military clash in the context of a contentious history in which Chinese rulers have long expected, and continue to expect Japan to welcome subordination to China. Dreyer's revealing and even-handed political history makes a compelling case for deep and dangerous historical continuities in cultural identities and worrisome realistic anxieties among ruling groups."-Edward Friedman, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, University of Wisconsin

"A tour de force from one of the deans of China studies. Professor Dreyer recounts the saga of Sino-Japanese relations from its inception to the present day, illuminating the history underlying today's controversies while providing a glimpse of what may lie ahead."-James R. Holmes, Professor of Strategy, U.S. Naval War College

"June Teufel Dreyer's book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the historical forces that shape the highly complex ties between China and Japan, which is potentially the most explosive bilateral relationship among the great powers in the 21st century."-Steve Tsang, Head of School and Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham

"June Teufel Dreyer after tracing the historical background presents a comprehensive picture of Sino-Japanese relations after World War II. By presenting a detailed picture of the quarrels between the two countries over recent decades, she makes clear the amount of work required for the two countries to work together for a peaceful constructive relationship." -- Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University

"In her excellent account of centuries of diplomatic turmoil, Ms. Dreyer seamlessly shifts between the granular and the macro. Her use of contemporaneous newspaper editorials and other primary sources clearly and colorfully render the ideological factions within both countries that had differing opinions about trade, military spending and the role of the U.S. in the region." -The Wall Street Journal


ISBN : 9780190692209

June Teufel Dreyer
478 ページ
156 x 234 mm





Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present

Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present

Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present