Western Power in Asia: Its Slow Rise and Swift Fall, 1415 - 1999

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For centuries, the major poweres of the West were seduced by the allure of the countries of "the Far East". Spices, textiles, silk and tea were the staples of East- West trade. But competition between Western traders eventually caused military intervention in Asian affairs and the establishment of colonial empires. These actions have shapred the history of mankind and left a legacy that still reverberates throughout Asia.

Western Power in Asia is a unique contribution to the understanding of present- day Asia. Essential reading for anyone interested in world history, Arthur Cotterell offers fascinating insights into five hundred extraordinary years of power and influence by the West, which disappeared spectacularly after the Second World War. The author's ability to tell both sides of the story, with the aid of contemporary illustrations as well as quotations, makes this book a tremendous resource for students of Asian history. And because the entire colonial experience is covered for the first time within a single volume, Western Power in Asia also provides the general reader with an unusual and invaluable perspective on East- West relations.

As countries such as China and India become key players on the world stage, Western Power in Asia provides a timely reminder of the path that led to their present positions, while allowing a poignant opportunity to reflect on how they might in future treat their Western trading partners.

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China: A Cultural History
"A knowledgeable and comprehensive survey. Both scholarly and readable, it brings each era to life."
The Sunday Times

East Asia: From Chinese Predominance to the Rise of Pacific Rim
"Arthur Cotterell has written another masterly book."
—The South China Morning Post

"Cotterell's concise book is richly informative... It is an illuminating guide to a region that has at last – in Mao Zedong's claim for China – stood up."
—The Times Literary Supplement

The Imperial Capitals of China: An Inside View of the Celestial Empire
"The author handles with grace and skill the challenge of making the country's past intelligible to the layman...His book is an admirable attempt to generate wider interest in China's imperial past through the story of its dynastic capitals."
—The Times Literary Supplement

About the Author:

Arthur Cotterell was formerly the principal of Kinston College, London. Having lived and travelled widely in Asia, he has been writing about Asian affairs for decades. In 1980 he published The First Emperor of China, whose account of Qin Shi Huangdi's remarkable reign was immediately translated into seven languages. His other works on subjects related to Western Power in Asia have also been acclaimed and translated. At present he is writing a history of Asia.

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