Provides a theoretical survey of trends in East Asian international relations throughout history, with a focus on the political economy of the region and a special emphasis on security issues. Investigates crucial events in the history of the area, from the decay of the Chinese world order in the 19th century to the vanishing of superpower rivalry and the emergence of a regional multipolarity in the post-Cold War era. Concentrates on major events involving China and Japan. For anyone interested in the evolution of power relations in the region. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.