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By E. Ringmar

ISBN-10: 1137268905

ISBN-13: 9781137268907

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ISBN-13: 9781137268914

In Liberal Barbarism, Erik Ringmar units out to give an explanation for the 1860 destruction of Yuanmingyuan - the chinese language imperial palace north-west of Beijing - by the hands of British and French armies. Yuanmingyuan used to be the emperor's personal theme-park, an ideal global, a imaginative and prescient of paradise, which housed one of many maximum collections of artistic endeavors ever assembled. The highbrow puzzle which the ebook addresses matters why the Europeans, bent on "civilizing" the chinese language, engaged during this act of barbarism. the answer's supplied via an research of the performative element of the war of words among Europe and China, concentrating on the diversities within the method their respective foreign platforms have been conceptualized. Ringmar unearths that the destruction of Yuanmingyuan represented the Europeans' crusade to "shock and awe" the chinese language, thereby forcing them to renounce their means of organizing diplomacy. The contradictions which the occasions of 1860 exemplify - the contradiction among civilization and barbarism - is a topic operating via all ecu (and North American) relatives with the remainder of the area on the grounds that, together with, such a lot lately, the united states struggle in Iraq.

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