"A rich history of the
past 250 years of Chinese foreign policy."
—Ian Johnson, NewYork Review of Books
"A fine example...of
the way history can begin to make sense of [China] for an outsider."
—Guardian (UK), Best History Books of 2012
"A wonderful book....
Westad upends, but ever so politely, a slew of misconceptions about China that
have been concocted by his academic predecessors both in the West and in Asia."
—John Pomfret, WashingtonPost
"A readable introduction to a vast topic, Restless Empire traces the development of modern China and provides context for understanding the country's future place in the world."
—New Yorker, Page-Turner blog
"Westad's clear account is extraordinarily useful, both for the context
in which he puts it and for the use he makes of recent scholarship."
"To understand why the map that appears in the Chinese passport has angered diplomats outside China, Odd Arne Westad's perceptive accounts of the Sino-Indian War of 1962 and of more recent squabbles over islands in the South China Sea are essential reading"
—Times Literary Supplement
"[A] lucid and engaging book.... This fine survey is the best guide to appear yet on the knotty entanglements of China's pasts and futures."
—Literary Review (UK)
"China's relationship with the outside world since 1750 has been varied and complex. Westad explains all."
"Westad's Restless Empire is thorough, fast-moving, and consistently clear. It gives an excellent introduction to the vagaries of China's foreign relations over the last 250 years."
—Jonathan Spence, author of The Search for Modern China
"Written by one of the most distinguished scholars on China, this book
brings clarity and insight into complex historical issues."
—Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans and co-author of Mao: TheUnknown Story
"An essential guide to modern China's often violent encounter with the rest of the world."
—Frank Dikotter, author of Mao's Great Famine