East Asia: From Chinese Predominance to the Rise of the Pacific Rim

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There has been in recent decades a dramatic transformation around the Pacific Rim. Japan has become an economic superpower, and Korea and the People's Republic of China are close behind, flooding the world market with computers, automobiles, and electronic components. It is even predicted that by the next century East Asia will be the workshop of the world. No longer "the Far East"--that exotic, mysterious land at the distant fringe of western consciousness--east Asia today commands the attention of the world.
In East Asia, Arthur Cotterell condenses into a short, highly readable book an immense amount of historical knowledge, placing this remarkable economic boom in its proper perspective--an Asian one. To do this, Cotterell ranges from the dawn of Chinese civilization, to the rise of the Mongols and the Manchus, to Japan's emergence as the first East Asian nation to develop an industrial economy. And he brings his history up to the present, examining America's setbacks in the Korean and Vietnam War, Japan's rise as an economic superpower, and the recent histories of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, reunited Vietnam, socialist Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Cotterell not only provides insight into the past of this burgeoning region, but he offers a provocative view of the future as well. He suggests for instance that Japan, the present leader of the Pacific Rim, will eventually be overtaken by its neighbors, now engaged in a hectic pace of development (seen especially in the People's Republic of China, which has only just begun to compete as an exporter). He concludes that the relations between the Chinese and the Japanese will determine the future of East Asia.
By providing an in-depth historical perspective on the most dramtic transformations taking place in the world today, Cotterell performs an invaluble service both for students of Asia as well as for businessmen who need to have a deeper understanding of their newest trading partners.

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Arthur Cotterell is the author of China, A Cultural History and First Emperor of China, which has been published in seven languages.

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"East Asia is an ambitious book about a subject vital to the world of the 1990's, and it does give a brief overview of the ancient countries of that region."--Magill Book Reviews for Dow Jones News/Retrieval

"Remarkably concise yet comprehensive account of one of the world's key regions....An impressively compact work, combining arresting detail and bold outlines....A reliable perspective of the historical processes that have shaped a crucial part of the modern world."--Education

"Cotterell's concise book is richly informative....An illuminating and valuable guide."--Times Literary Supplement

"An insider's look at the complex histories and interrelationships of Japan, China, Indonesia and Thailand, as well as the Koreas, Taiwan, the Phillipines, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam....A concise history that doesn't shy away from drawing conclusions or peering into the future....An intelligent picture of several key 21st-century global economic and political players. Spend a few hours with this concise, authoritative and, just as important, readable work."--The Times

"Arthur Cotterell has produced a small miracle - a highly readable history of East Asia in 339 pages. A lively book, and one that will have something new to say to any reader."--John Bresnan, Columbia University

"This book is one of the best works on the history and development of East Asia. Students enjoy the easy and enjoyable reading style, and find the work invaluable for understanding the region from a comparative viewpoint. The text is useful for students of history, political science, sociology, and nearly all of the humanities."--Eric Harwit, University of Hawaii

"Comprehensive, up-to-date."--Victoria Sill, University of San Francisco

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