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Trans-Pacific Relations: America, Europe, and Asia in the Twentieth Century
     

Trans-Pacific Relations: America, Europe, and Asia in the Twentieth Century

by Richard Jensen (Editor), Jon Davidann (Editor), Sugita (Editor)
 

This broad-based study of Western-Asian relations considers images of and actions by the United States, along with Britain and Germany, in the course of dealings with Asian nations such as China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Other case studies focus on inter-Asian relations between Japan and Korea; China and Japan; and Thailand and Vietnam.

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This broad-based study of Western-Asian relations considers images of and actions by the United States, along with Britain and Germany, in the course of dealings with Asian nations such as China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Other case studies focus on inter-Asian relations between Japan and Korea; China and Japan; and Thailand and Vietnam. The essays encompass a wide range of recent scholarship, including cultural, economic, demographic, and intellectual approaches to military and diplomatic themes.

Western influence, primarily American, in Asia grew consistently during the 20th century. While interaction often occurred on unequal terms, this study reveals the ability of Asians to assert their agency in the face of such immense Western power. The collection as a whole offers a window on relations across the Pacific in numerous spheres of activity over the course of one hundred years. As such, it introduces and adds to our understanding of the depth and variety of trans-Pacific relations.

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Foreign Affairs
This book is far from standard diplomatic, political, or military history. Most of the contributors offer novel approaches and perspectives on unconventional issues and problems. The chapter on the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45, for example, focuses on the racial theories of leading Japanese and Chinese eugenicists and their biological explanations of the strengths and weaknesses of the two peoples. With respect to Korea's experience with foreign interventions, there is not the usual comparison of U.S. and Soviet approaches to a divided Korea; instead, the chapter compares the attitudes that informed the Japanese and American "occupations" of Korea. The war in the Pacific is analyzed not in terms of grand strategy but in terms of how different historical developments in industrial management made it possible for the United States to move hundreds of tons of materiel to the battlefront far from home, while the Japanese were barely able to keep their troops from starving as they tried to invade India. Some of the novel ideas and arguments are quite convincing; others will at best serve to stir debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275977146
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/2003
Series:
Perspectives on the Twentieth Century Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD JENSEN is Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is the author of The Winning of the Midwest, 1888-1896 (1971) and Illinois: A Bicentenial History (1977, 2001).

JON DAVIDANN teaches history at Hawaii Pacific University. He is the author of A World of Crisis and Progress: The American YMCA in Japan, 1890-1930 (1998).

YONEYUKI SUGITA teaches American history at Osaka University of Foreign Studies.

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