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Pacific Asia in the Global System: An Introduction / Edition 1

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This superlative text critically analyzes the political economy, social institutions, and culture of Pacific Asia. It examines the connections of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other areas. The critical perspective, awareness of cultural and ethnic trends, and a sophisticated grasp of social patterns make this volume an essential introduction to understanding Pacific Asia and its role in the evolving global system.
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"The breadth of political, social, and historical content in this book promises its relevance to many readers." S. Turner, University of Otago

"This broad historical sweep displays the merits of the author's approach to best advantage, and will be of value to students requiring a rapid overview of the origins of contemporary Pacific Asia underpinned by key sources which are subject to careful precis." Richard Wiltshire, Progress in Human Geography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631202387
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/14/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.83 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

P.W. Preston is Reader in Political Sociology in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Shift to the Modern World 1
1 Classical Social Theory 3
Pt. II The Shift to the Modern World in Pacific Asia 15
2 Analysing the Process of the Shift to the Modern World in Pacific Asia 17
3 From Ancient Empires to Nineteenth-century Industrial-capitalism 32
4 The Shift to the Modern World: Reactions, Resistance and Empire 54
5 After the Pacific War: Decolonization, Nation-building and the Cold War 87
6 The Emergence of Pacific Asia 110
Pt. III Changing Relationships in Contemporary Pacific Asia 135
7 The Region and the Global System 137
8 Changing Patterns of Relations between Japan, the USA and China 154
9 Contemporary Pacific Asia in the 1990s 169
Pt. IV The Development Experience of Pacific Asia 185
10 The Particularity of the Historical Development Experience of Pacific Asia 187
11 The Pacific Asian Model I: Political-economic and Social-Institutional Processes 199
12 The Pacific Asian Model II: Cultural and Political-cultural Processes 224
Pt. V Pacific Asia in the New Global System 249
13 Pacific Asia in the Twenty-first Century Global System 251
Bibliography 260
Index 267
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