Dancing on Bones: History and Power in China, Russia and North Korea (Hardcover)

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Dancing on Bones: History and Power in China, Russia and North Korea (Hardcover)

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Dancing on Bones is the story of how the leaders of China, Russia, and North Korea manipulate the past to serve the present and secure the future of authoritarian rule.

History didn't end. Democracy didn't triumph. America's leading role in the world is no longer assured. Instead, authoritarian rule is on the rise, and the global order established after 1945 is under attack. This is the phenomenon Katie Stallard tackles in Dancing on Bones, probing the version of
history that leaders in China, Russia, and North Korea teach their citizens.

These three states consistently top the list of threats to the global order and US national security. All are governed by autocratic regimes. All have nuclear weapons and believe that the era of American hegemony is fading. All three share a sense of historical grievance, rooted in the wars of the
last century - specifically World War II and the Korean War - that their leaders exploit to shore up popular support at home and fuel increasingly aggressive foreign policy. Decades after the real guns fell silent, these wars rage on in China, Russia, and North Korea, reimagined in popular media,
public memorials, and patriotic education campaigns. This is not history as it was, but as the current rulers need it to be. Since coming to power in China, Xi Jinping has almost doubled the length of the war with Japan, Vladimir Putin has brought back bombastic military parades through Red Square,
and Kim Jong Un has invested vast sums in rebuilding war museums in his impoverished state, while historians who try to challenge the official line are silenced and jailed. But this didn't start with the current leaders and it won't end with them.

Drawing on first-hand, on-the-ground reporting, Dancing on Bones is the story of how the leaders of China, Russia, and North Korea manipulate the past to serve the present and secure the future of authoritarian rule. If we want to understand where these three nuclear powers are heading, we must
understand the stories they are telling their citizens about the past.
Katie Stallard is a foreign affairs journalist based in Washington, DC, and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She was previously based in Russia and China as a foreign correspondent for Sky News, where she covered conflicts, global politics, and some of theworld's most repressive regimes. As Sky's lead correspondent in Asia, she reported on and from North Korea, travelling to Pyongyang, the DMZ, and the borders with China and South Korea, as well as documenting China's artificial island-building in the South China Sea and the Chinese Communist Party'scrackdown on civil society and human rights. She broadcast under sniper fire from ISIS-linked militants in the Philippines and from the front lines of the conflict in Ukraine, where she also covered Russia's annexation of Crimea. Her writing has been published in Foreign Policy, The NationalInterest, The Diplomat, Wilson Quarterly, Asian Forum, and East Asia Forum.
Product Details ISBN: 9780197575352
ISBN-10: 0197575358
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2022
Pages: 320
Language: English