Matthias Messmer (ed., text), Hsin-Mei Chuang (ed., text), Vera REIFLER, Basel + Marjeta MORINC, Zürich (Book Design)

China at its Limits


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Book review:
"Matthias Messmer and Hsin-Mei Chuang have written a book that is as enthralling as it is important. Most books about the rise of China tend to focus on the major cities of the eastern coast.

Messmer and Chuang invite the reader to explore all of China's borderlands--not only her complex coastline and the contested waters between her and her maritime neighbors, but also her land border. From the geopolitical hotspot that is the Korean frontier, along the Russian-Chinese faultline, through Mongolia, Xinjiang and Tibet, the reader is treated to a marvelous combination of history, travel writing and gripping photography. Most of this was terra incognita to me. China at its Limits takes you there.

'China at its limits' is more than just a book; it is an exploration of forgotten places. When they are suddenly in the news, as some of them surely will be soon, you will be thankful that you read it."  (© Niall Ferguson, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and Author of 'War of the World and Civilization')

"Für den Aufstieg Chinas zur Supermacht scheint es keine Grenzen zu geben. Doch der Ehrgeiz des Riesenreichs wird an seinen Landesgrenzen auf den Prüfstein gelegt. Hier überschattet der Glanz des Aufstiegs die Ruinen sagenumwobener Pracht und Phantome fortwährender Spannungen. Autobahnen werden über einstigen Schlachtfeldern und verfallenen Tempeln gebaut, um das Land mit der Welt zu verbinden.

In 'China at its Limits' werden durch Brüche und Umwälzungen geprägte Schicksale und Landschaften zum Leben erweckt. Bewegende Bilder offenbaren Stimmungen und Empfindlichkeiten an Chinas Peripherie, in der die neue Weltordnung ihre Keime bildet." (Verlagstext, © Kerber, 2018)