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Pacific Century. The Emergence of Modern Pacific Asia.


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ISBN 10: 073295066X / ISBN 13: 9780732950668
Published by Westview Press., Boulder., 1998
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Maps, black and white photographic illustrations, xv + 582pp, index, paperback. Chapters include: Dynasties, Empires and Ages of Commerce to the 19th Century; Seaborne Barbarians - Incursions by the West; Meiji Japan in the Age of Imperialism; Rise of Nationalism and Communism; Maelstrom - Pacific War and its Aftermath; Miracle by Design - Postwar Resurgence of Japan; New Asian Capitalists; Power, Authority and Advent of Democracy; Sentimental Imperialists - America in Asia; China's Long March to Modernization; Beyond the Revolution - Indonesia and Vietnam; Siberian Salient - Russia in Pacific Asia; Pacific Century - Regional and Global Perspectives. Bookseller Inventory # 69935

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Title: Pacific Century. The Emergence of Modern ...

Publisher: Westview Press., Boulder.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: Second edition..

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The Asia-Pacific region is rapidly emerging as the global economic and political powerhouse of the twenty-first century. Looking at both Southeast and East Asia, this richly illustrated volume stresses broad, cross-cutting themes of regional history, with an emphasis on the interactions between cultures and nations. In this updated third edition, Mark Borthwick provides a significantly revised introduction, which places the contemporary rise of China within the context of the political, cultural, and economic evolution of the region since ancient times. He then considers more recent developments in their historical context, balancing national and international factors underlying Asia-Pacific economic growth and political change. New areas receiving attention in the third edition include Japan's recovery from economic stagnation, Japan's new political landscape, China's economic transformation and leadership in East Asian regionalism, the North Korean crisis, and the Asia-Pacific impact on the global economic system. The book also provides chronological updates for Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Borthwick concludes with an examination of the key domestic and international issues facing the nations of Pacific Asia and the growing influence of these nations on North America and the world economy.

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Near the end of the twentieth century, the term "Pacific Century" became a catchphrase for a renaissance of optimism and economic growth that occurred throughout much of Pacific Asia. More recently it has been used to express an expectation that this region will exert a major influence over the history of the twenty-first century. Although it is used often in this manner with reference to the future, the term also accurately reflects the past -- more than a century of modernizing encounters with the West that have profoundly shaped the region. The 21st century may one day bear the sobriquet of the great ocean but the general outlines of Asia's future were formed during the past century.

This book looks but tangentially at the distant future, being devoted primarily to understanding the emergence of modern Pacific Asia from the nineteenth century to the present. Historians can point to several, perhaps many such "Pacific" eras over millennia in which Asians interacted on a broad scale but surely none has been as globally significant as the present one. By reviewing and integrating the past with the present we are better able to understand why Pacific Asia, after more than a century of conflict and subjugation by the West, has revived with such force and dynamism.

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