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American Tianxia: Chinese Money, American Power and the End of History

Salvatore Babones


The United States has become the central state of a global world-system. Analogous in structure to China's historical Ming Dynasty tianxia ("all under heaven"), the American Tianxia is centered on the United States but incorporates other countries in proportion to their acceptance of individualistic world-society principles like human rights, democracy, and rule of law. Contrary to declinist narratives, the prominence of the United States in global distinction hierarchies is solidifying, because the externalities generated by membership in global networks ensure that people value access to t ... More

Keywords: American Tianxia, USA, China, World-system, Human rights, Democracy, International relations, power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447336808
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336808.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Salvatore Babones, author
University of Sydney

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