The History and Histories of Diplomacy of Modern China
In 2015, the “Foreign Relations and the Formation of Modern China” research group of the Humanities Research Center at National Chengchi University celebrated its fifth anniversary and accordingly held an annual conference on “The History and Histories of Diplomacy of Modern China” on January 30. This book is comprised mainly of essays presented in this conference. Authors are all experts at diplomatic history and investigate issues such as customs, frontier defense, wars, or international negotiations covering periods from the late Qing dynasty to the Republican period and contemporary times. In addition to examining the nature of diplomacy of modern China in general, this book also discusses specific historical events and attempts to find other possible approaches, aside from the idea of “Superstructure” or the great man theory, to interpret and write diplomatic history. Thus, this book combines concepts of “History” (using capital H to denote “Big History”) and “histories” (using lowercase h and plural form to denote “little history”) and is entitled The History and Histories of Diplomacy of Modern China.