Pacific Century: The Emergence of Modern Pacific Asia / Edition 3

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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.

About the Author:
Mark Borthwick is director of the United States Asia Pacific Council at the East-West Center in Washington, DC, and has served on staff of the subcommittee of Asian and Pacific affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives

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Editorial Reviews

The companion text to a PBS telecourse series that will air in Fall 1992, the book also stands alone as an interdisciplinary introduction to Asia and the Pacific. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"A uniquely sophisticated yet very accessible and complete review of the Asian ascendancy, spanning from ancient times to today, and enriched with bountiful commentaries by renowned specialists, Pacific Century beautifully interweaves national histories with complex regional and global trends, intelligently balancing explanations of Asia's astounding successes with honest recognition of the region's darker moments.”
Richard Feinberg, Professor, University of California, San Diego, and former senior director of the National Security Council

"A powerful, highly recommended analysis of Asian culture that does more than provide just another history: it connects Asian experiences and trends to its effects on the rest of the world."
The Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343556
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/2006
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Borthwick is director of the United States Asia Pacific Council at the East-West Center in Washington, DC, and has served on staff of the subcommittee of Asian and Pacific Affairs in the US House of Representatives.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Introduction 1
1 Dynasties, Empires, and Ages of Commerce: Pacific Asia to the Nineteenth Century 17
2 Seaborne Barbarians: Incursions by the West 77
3 Meiji: Japan in the Age of Imperialism 119
4 The Rise of Nationalism and Communism 161
5 Maelstrom: The Pacific War and Its Aftermath 213
6 Miracle by Design: The Postwar Resurgence of Japan 241
7 The New Asian Capitalists 271
8 Power, Authority, and the Advent of Democracy 323
9 Sentimental Imperialists: America in Asia 365
10 China's Long March Toward Modernization 403
11 Beyond the Revolution: Indonesia and Vietnam 457
12 Siberian Salient: Russia in Pacific Asia 487
13 Pacific Century: Regional and Global Perspectives 507
Representation of Foreign Words and Names 551
Sources for Graphs 555
Credits 557
About the Book and Author 560
Index 561
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