Empires at War: A Short History of Modern Asia Since World War II

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As the major geopolitical power bloc, Asia -- with 4 billion people, two-thirds of the world's population, a huge land-mass and the fastest-growing economies -- has shifted the global political balance. Empires at War gives a dramatic narrative account of how ""Modern Asia"" came into being. Ranging over the whole of Asia, from Japan to Pakistan, the modern history of this important region is placed in the context of the struggle between America and the Soviet Union. Francis Pike shows that America's domination of post-war Asia was a continuation of a 100-year competition for power in the region. He also argues cogently that, contrary to the largely ""Western-centric"" viewpoint, Asian nations were not simply the passive and biddable pawns of the superpowers, but had a political development which was both separate and unique, with a dynamic that was largely independent of the superpower conflict. And, in conclusion, the book traces the unwinding of American influence and the end of its empire -- a crucial development in international history which is already having repercussions throughout the world.

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Francis Pike studied history at Cambridge and is an historian and journalist. He lived and worked for 20 years in Japan, China and India as an economic and political strategist and in this capacity he advised numbers of financial institutions as well as governments.

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""A fantastic work of scholarship which ought to become the standard work. Francis Pike's knowledge, erudition, eye for the telling detail and sheer breadth of scope is truly astonishing."" -- Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second  World War and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900

""a stunning piece of work"" -- Norman Stone, formerly Professor of Modern History at Oxford University and author of Europe Transformed, 1878-1919 and The Eastern Front, 1914-1917

""An absolute page-turner and deeply learned. Empires at War is the best and most comprehensive account of the history of Asia since World War II that I know. Francis Pike’s narrative is gripping, original and entertaining."" -- Simon May, Birkbeck College, University of London; former Professor of Philosophy at Tokyo University

 

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