Malley's book is not convincing due to its lack of enough primary sources. Its method is also problematic which only do a literature closing reading of elites' thoughts without exploring the actual entanglement between money E and race in common people's daily life.
Modernist architecture's flagship text; btw, when you become the boss, you would be able to write in such a discursive, fractured and repetitive style without being penalized by painful grad students and perhaps some common readers that tried to grasp your idea.
Besides empire-building, what attracts me most is the transcendence of the redemptive societies under the control of that nightmare puppet empire. For them, the Way is the only final target. The regime could ONLY be a tool, or even worse, a stage.
This book shows that only a hardworking and careful historian can handle premodern Chinese printing history. The breakthrough upon previous studies can only happen after painstaking reading for searching for historical evidence.
Althusserian historical materialist approach to understand how the capitalist mode of production has shaped our understanding of the clock-time system and the worldwide social time regime supports and enables it.