The publication is a document of contemporary history by a traveling journalist who left Germany in the nineteen-fifties and found herself in the world.

China at its Limits

An Empire's Rise Beyond its Borders

There are seemingly no limits to China’s rise as a superpower. But the empire’s ambitions are being tested along its borders, where ruins of mysterious splendor and phantoms of ongoing tensions are overshadowed by the grandeur of China’s ascent. Highways are being built over forgotten battlefields and derelict shrines to link the country with the world. In this unusual volume, the destinies and landscapes shaped by an empire’s upheavals are portrayed intimately. Evocative photographs reveal the sentiments and sensibilities of China’s periphery, where a new world order is sprouting.

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"China at its Limits"

May 2018

ISBN 978-3-7356-0404-0

24,00 x 28,00 cm

ca. 420 Pages

Hardcover, bound

Languages: English

Matthias Messmer, Hsin-Mei Chuang
Text by
Matthias Messmer & Hsin-Mei Chuang
Design by
Vera Reifler, Basel & Marjeta Morinc, Zürich