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CHINA IN THE EARLY MODERN WORLD: Short Cuts, Myths and Realities

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China has attained new importance in world history. Recent textbooks now regularly include a historian who specializes in China.1 Asia’s spectacular economic growth in the past two decades, and awareness of China’s huge global demographic and economic weight, have gained her new recognition. Consequently, specialists now need to push beyond their focused research to address broader questions raised by historians of other areas of the world.2