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Quest for Status: Chinese and Russian Foreign Policy

Deborah Welch Larson and Alexei Shevchenko


This book argues that the desire for world status plays a key role in shaping the foreign policies of China and Russia. Applying social identity theory—the idea that individuals derive part of their identity from larger communities—to nations, the book contends that China and Russia have used various modes of emulation, competition, and creativity to gain recognition from other countries, and thus validate their respective identities. To make this argument, the book analyzes numerous cases, including Catherine the Great's attempts to westernize Russia, China's identity crises in the nineteenth ... More

Keywords: world status, Chinese foreign policy, Russian foreign policy, social identity theory, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300236040
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300236040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Welch Larson, author
University of California, Los Angeles

Alexei Shevchenko, author
California State University, Fullerton