European Power and the Japanese Challenge

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America's relationship with Japan recently passed its 140th anniversary. Over that period, hundreds of books and thousands of articles have explored different issues or periods of the relationship. Yet within that vast library, no book has analyzed the entire relationship from the beginning to the present. In Power Across the Pacific, William R. Nester fills this void, analyzing both the geopolitical phase of America's relationship with Japan (1853-1945) and its geoeconomic phase, from 1945 to the present day.

William R. Nester systematically untangles the interrelated perceptions, convergent and divergent national interests, and shifting power relations that have shaped relations between the two countries. Along the way he identifies the key foreign policy figures for both countries, revealing the ways in which domestic and international interests on both sides affected their interactions. Power Across the Pacific can serve both as a definitive study of the history of U.S.-Japanese relations, as well as a reference for particular periods within that history.

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Traces the very different evolutionary paths by which Japan and unified Europe have come to their economic rivalry, and how these generate friction, misperception, and miscalculation in the current relations between them. Examines the ideological, institutional, and political factors that have shaped the industrial, trade and foreign policies, and peers into the next century for the prospects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814757772
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 60.00 (w) x 90.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William R. Nester is Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. John's University of New York. He has served as Lecturer in Far East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is the author of Japan's Growing Power Over East Asia and the World Economy, Japanese Industrial Targeting, Japan and the Third World, and American Power: the New World Order and the Japanese Challenge.

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