Wealth and Power

China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century
Author: Orville Schell,John Delury
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0679645381
Category: History
Page: 496
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Through a series of lively and absorbing portraits of iconic modern Chinese leaders and thinkers, two of today’s foremost specialists on China provide a panoramic narrative of this country’s rise to preeminence that is at once analytical and personal. How did a nation, after a long and painful period of dynastic decline, intellectual upheaval, foreign occupation, civil war, and revolution, manage to burst forth onto the world stage with such an impressive run of hyperdevelopment and wealth creation—culminating in the extraordinary dynamism of China today? Wealth and Power answers this question by examining the lives of eleven influential officials, writers, activists, and leaders whose contributions helped create modern China. This fascinating survey begins in the lead-up to the first Opium War with Wei Yuan, the nineteenth-century scholar and reformer who was one of the first to urge China to borrow ideas from the West. It concludes in our time with human-rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, an outspoken opponent of single-party rule. Along the way, we meet such titans of Chinese history as the Empress Dowager Cixi, public intellectuals Feng Guifen, Liang Qichao, and Chen Duxiu, Nationalist stalwarts Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek, and Communist Party leaders Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Zhu Rongji. The common goal that unites all of these disparate figures is their determined pursuit of fuqiang, “wealth and power.” This abiding quest for a restoration of national greatness in the face of a “century of humiliation” at the hands of the Great Powers came to define the modern Chinese character. It’s what drove both Mao and Deng to embark on root-and-branch transformations of Chinese society, first by means of Marxism-Leninism, then by authoritarian capitalism. And this determined quest remains the key to understanding many of China’s actions today. By unwrapping the intellectual antecedents of today’s resurgent China, Orville Schell and John Delury supply much-needed insight into the country’s tortured progression from nineteenth-century decline to twenty-first-century boom. By looking backward into the past to understand forces at work for hundreds of years, they help us understand China today and the future that this singular country is helping shape for all of us. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH “Superb . . . beautifully written and neatly structured.”—Financial Times “[An] engaging narrative of the intellectual and cultural origins of China’s modern rise.”—The New York Times Book Review “Informative and insightful . . . a must-read for anyone with an interest in the world’s fastest-rising superpower.”—Slate “It does a better job than most other books of answering a basic question the rest of the world naturally asks about China’s recent rise: What does China want?”—The Atlantic “The portraits are beautifully written and bring to life not only their subjects but also the mood and intellectual debates of the times in which they lived.”—Foreign Affairs “Excellent and erudite . . . [The authors] combine scholarly learning with a reportorial appreciation of colorful, revealing details.”—The National Interest From the Hardcover edition.

Wealth and Power

An Introduction to Political Economy
Author: Cain Mathema
Publisher: N.A
Category: Capitalism
Page: 41
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Wealth and Power in Provincial Mexico

Michoacán from the Late Colony to the Revolution
Author: Margaret Chowning
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804734288
Category: History
Page: 477
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"Highly original work places the growth of an important state in the national and, at the same time, familial environment. Argues that the Reform must be seen in the context of a general economic upturn begun in the 1840s"--Handbook of Latin American Stud

MGTOW Building Wealth and Power

For Single Men Only
Author: Tim Patten
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 149178721X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 150
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MGTOW, Building Wealth and Power is both a celebration of modern masculinity and a practical guide to ensuring that men like us experience long-term contentment and have a better financial future. Inside this book are investing techniques that work; paying homage to the massive social movement of men which is ending entanglements and enhancing happiness through bachelorhood. This book features empowering insights on patriarchy, power, masculinity and the ancient secrets of creativity, as well as practical strategies for managing our money and building wealth. Also included are two campfire tales--for our ears only--that offer lessons on reorienting ourselves towards a more productive and enlightened existence. Men are the most remarkable and innovative beings on Earth. We have harnessed every aspect of our world, from controlling fire to landing a space probe on a live comet. It is the author’s hope that this book inspires you to draw on this innate power and help yourselves to live a better life. There’s no doubt that each of us can tackle the goals we’ve dreamed of and longed for, but this is hard to achieve without taking certain steps. Throughout history, having sufficient resources--money--has allowed men to be free and powerful. Inside is encouragement for all of you to budget, save and invest.

Law, Wealth and Power in China

Commercial Law Reforms in Context
Author: John Garrick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136894985
Category: Law
Page: 360
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This book examines the law reforms of contemporary China in light of the Party-state’s ideological transformation and the political economy that shapes these reforms. This involves analysing three interrelated domains: law reform, power and wealth. The contributors to this volume employ a variety of perspectives and analytical techniques in their discussion of key themes including: commercial law reform and its governance of wealth and regulation of economic activity; the influence and authority of the Party-state over China’s economic activity; and the influence of wealth and the wealthy in economic governance and legal reform. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, this book presents analytical perspectives of new work, or new lines of thinking about the new wealth, power and law reforms of China. As such, critical boundaries are explored between legal and financial reforms and what these reforms signify about deeper ideological, economic, social and cultural transformations in China. The book concludes by asking whether there is a ‘China model’ of development which will produce a unique variety of capitalism and indigenous variant of rule of law, and examining the ‘winners and losers’ in the transition from a centrally planned economy to a market economy. Law, Wealth and Power in China will be of interest to students and academics of comparative law, Asian law, Chinese economics and politics, Chinese Studies, as well as professionals in investment banking, finance and government.

Globalization, Wealth, and Power in the Twenty-first Century

Author: W. Nester
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230117406
Category: Political Science
Page: 280
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This book offers an in-depth exploration of all dimensions of geoeconomics, including the internal and international forces which explain why most countries remain mired in poverty; the conflicts between the poor on the rich countries; and the global environmental crises threatening the future of humanity.

An International Redistribution of Wealth and Power

A Study of the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States
Author: Robert F. Meagher
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 1483140954
Category: Law
Page: 324
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An International Redistribution of Wealth and Power: A Study of the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States is an in-depth account and conscientious analysis of the efforts of developing countries to frame international rules that would bring about an equitable distribution of world power and resources. The Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States is the principal outcome of this undertaking, approved by 120 member states of the United Nations in December 1974. The book aims to chronicle the developments in the forging of the Charter. The first two chapters cover the inception of the Charter stemming from the 1973 Arab oil boycott and the previous attempt in 1974 for the establishment of a New International Economic Order. The four central chapters describe in detail the articles of the Charter, their negotiation, and the origin and evolution of the issues they embody. The period covered in this book is from the end of World War I until the completion of the Conference on International Economic Cooperation in June 1977. Historians, researchers, economists, and students of international law will find this book a rich source of insight and information.

The American Dream and the Power of Wealth

Choosing Schools and Inheriting Inequality in the Land of Opportunity
Author: Heather Beth Johnson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134728794
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 246
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In contemporary America, the racial wealth gap is growing, with families transmitting race and class inequalities from generation to generation. Yet Americans continue to hold deep-rooted beliefs in the principles of individualism, equal opportunity, and meritocracy. Education, the "Great Equalizer," is supposed to level the playing field, ensuring that every child—regardless of family of origin—gets an equal chance at success. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 200 black and white families, The American Dream and the Power of Wealth starkly reveals the enormous extent to which parents defend their beliefs in the values that lie at the heart of the American Dream. Yet the way wealth is acquired and the way it is used categorically puts children from different families on vastly different educational trajectories, leaving them with uneven sets of opportunities.

Origins of Japanese Wealth and Power

Reconciling Confucianism and Capitalism, 1830-1885
Author: J. Sagers
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1403982902
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 175
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This book focuses on the trans-Meiji Restoration story of the ideological transformation that made modern capitalism possible in Japan. To illustrate this transformation, the book looks at four key architects of Meiji Japan's capitalist institutions: Okubo Toshimichi, Godai Tomoatsu, Matsukata Masayoshi and Maeda Masana.

Kinship, Wealth and Power

Capitalists and Landowners in the Chilean Upper Class
Author: Richard Earl Ratcliff
Publisher: N.A
Category: Elite (Social sciences)
Page: 1108
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Transferring Wealth and Power from the Old to the New World

Monetary and Fiscal Institutions in the 17th Through the 19th Centuries
Author: Michael D. Bordo,Roberto Cortés-Conde
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521027274
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 496
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This book contains a collection of essays comparing the evolution of the fiscal and monetary regimes of the Old World colonial powers - England, France, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands - from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries with the experiences of several of their former colonies in the New World of the Americas: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina. The objective is to see how such fiscal and monetary institutions were modified or replaced by new ones. The case studies in the collection consider the experience of the colonies after they became independent countries; they examine the factors that allowed efficient fiscal institutions to develop in some countries, while in others such development turned out to be unsuccessful; and they consider why some governments were able to live within their means and provide public goods, while for others expenditures frequently exceeded revenue, often leading to fiscal crises.

Comparative Economic Systems

Culture, Wealth, and Power in the 21st Century
Author: Steven Rosefielde
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119161215
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
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Comparative Economic Systems: Culture, Wealth and Power in the 21st Century explains how culture, in various guises, modifies the standard rules of economic engagement, creating systems that differ markedly from those predicted by the theory of general market competition. This analysis is grounded in established principles, but also assumes that individual utility seeking may be culturally determined, that political goals may take precedence over public well being, and that business misconduct may be socially detrimental.

Master Thyself! Unlocking the Secrets of Control, Wealth, and Power

Author: E.R. Vernor
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1365648915
Page: N.A
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This expanded deluxe hardcover adds to the best-selling Hail Thyself, Unlocking the Secrets of Control, Wealth, and Power. Learn all of this and more: perfect the thought process of how you see the world as self-control comes before controlling others, and building self-esteem We do judge a book by its cover, so included are tips on appearance, the use of scent and color psychology to manipulate those around you. This volume adds more exercises on developing confidence, positive attitude building, interview skills, how to recognize weaknesses to turn them into strengths. Also discussed is how to overcome failure, wealth building and how to keep it once your work pays off, from wealth to generosity. Many quotes and life lessons from successful people on money, power, and happiness from Will Smith, Gene Simmons, Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, Warren Buffett, Oprah, Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Napoleon Hill, and Dale Carnegie that have relevance today.

Sovereign Wealth and Sovereign Power

The Strategic Consequences of American Indebtedness
Author: Brad Setser
Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations
ISBN: 0876094159
Category: Political Science
Page: 51
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The rise in China's trade surplus, the increase in oil prices, and a slowdown in demand for U.S. assets from private investors abroad has increased the United States' reliance on foreign governments for financing. U.S. banks and broker-dealers now draw on the Persian Gulf, Singapore, China, and to a lesser degree Korea to shore up their depleted capital base. The scale of these flows is stunning. In 2007 purchases of financial assets by China's government almost exceeded U.S. consumers' purchases of Chinese-made goods, and the increase in the Gulf's dollar holdings almost certainly topped direct U.S. spending on Gulf oil.This report examines whether America's ability to secure large quantities of external financing from foreign governments is a reflection of its political power, a constraint on its ability to exercise power, or a combination of the two. It posits that the constraints associated with U.S. dependence on other governments for financing are rising and that the U.S. current account deficit is now a strategic vulnerability, not a sign of financial strength. The report concludes with recommendations to address the current account deficit and to strengthen the United States' position abroad.

Celebrity and the Environment

Fame, Wealth and Power in Conservation
Author: Dan Brockington
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1848136242
Category: Political Science
Page: 208
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The battle to save the world is being joined by a powerful new group of warriors. Celebrities are lending their name to conservation causes, and conservation itself is growing its own stars to fight and speak for nature. In this timely and essential book, Dan Brockington argues that this alliance grows from the mutually supportive publicity celebrity and conservation causes provide for each other, and more fundamentally, that the flourishing of celebrity and charismatic conservation is part of an ever-closer intertwining of conservation and corporate capitalism. Celebrity promotions, the investments of rich executives, and the wealthy social networks of charismatic conservationists are producing more commodified and commercial conservation strategies; conservation becomes an ever more important means of generating profit. Celebrity and the Environment provides vital critical analysis of this new phenomena and argues that, ironically, there may be a hidden cost to celebrity power to individual's relationships with the wild. The author argues that whilst wildlife television documentaries flourish, there is a significant decline in visits to national parks in many countries around the world and this is evidence that t a time when conservationists are calling for us to restore our relationships with the wild, many people are doing so simply by following the exploits of celebrity conservationists.

Power, Wealth and Women in Indian Mahayana Buddhism

The Gandavyuha-sutra
Author: Douglas Osto
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134018797
Category: Philosophy
Page: 200
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This book examines the concepts of power, wealth and women in the important Mahayana Buddhist scripture known as the Gandavyuha-sutra, and relates these to the text’s social context in ancient Indian during the Buddhist Middle Period (0–500 CE). Employing contemporary textual theory, worldview analysis and structural narrative theory, the author puts forward a new approach to the study of Mahayana Buddhist sources, the ‘systems approach’, by which literature is viewed as embedded in a social system. Consequently, he analyses the Gandavyuha in the contexts of reality, society and the individual, and applies these notions to the key themes of power, wealth and women. The study reveals that the spiritual hierarchy represented within the Gandavyuha replicates the political hierarchies in India during Buddhism’s Middle Period, that the role of wealth mirrors its significance as a sign of spiritual status in Indian Buddhist society, and that the substantial number of female spiritual guides in the narrative reflects the importance of royal women patrons of Indian Buddhism at the time. This book will appeal to higher-level undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars of religious studies, Buddhist studies, Asian studies, South Asian studies and Indology.

Power, Wealth and Global Equity

An International Relations Textbook for Africa
Author: Patrick J. McGowan,Scarlett Cornelissen,Philip Nel
Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd
ISBN: 9781919713939
Category: Political Science
Page: 442
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This textbook on power, wealth, global order, and international relations is designed for students taking introductory courses in international relations and African studies. Challenging the intellectual domination of the north, this book shows what the world and its patterns of power, wealth, and privilege look like from an African perspective of transborder political and economic interaction in today’s world. Students are empowered to become active players on the global stage and to contribute to changing these structures and institutions for the better. Up-to-date advice is provided on how to use the Internet and how to pursue careers in international relations. A glossary, list of acronyms, bibliography, index, maps, and biographies of important people mentioned in the text are also included.