East Asia at the Center: Four Thousand Years of Engagement with the World
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East Asia at the Center: Four Thousand Years of Engagement with the World

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ISBN-13:
9780231101097
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.09.2001
Seiten:
528
Autor:
Warren I. Cohen
Gewicht:
717 g
Format:
231x160x28 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:
An ambitious project that takes much courage, stamina, and intellectual acumen to undertake. It is evident that Cohen has all three. -- Akira Iriye, Harvard University This is, in all respects, a truly amazing study!... Only a seasoned, talented--and audacious--writer would attempt what Warren I. Cohen has. -- Robert J. McMahon, University of Florida Warren I. Cohen is one of the most perceptive, knowledgeable and prolific historians in the world today on the subjects of China and East Asia. He writes with the clarity of a journalist and the wide-ranging authority of a scholar. -- James Mann, foreign-affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times, author of About Face
Preface1. The Emergence of an International System in East Asia
In the beginning there was China
Other rooms, other voices
Empire of the Han, challenge of the Xiongnu
The diffusion of power
China
Korea
Japan
Southeast Asia
Conclusion
2. Shadows over Tang Splendor
The Sui
The Years of Tang Ascendance
Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia
3. East Asia Uncentered
Late Tang
The Tibetan Factor
The demise of the Tang Dynasty
Northeast Asia
Southeast Asia
The Song reunify China
Koryo
Japan
Southeast Asia in Turmoil
Conclusion
4. The Mongol Ascendancy
Chinggis Khan and his sons
Khubilai Khan and the Chinese
Asian Resistance to Khubilai as Universal Ruler
The last days of the Yuan
Conclusion
5. The Resurgence of Chinese Power and the Coming of Islam
Rise of the Ming
Koreans, Japanese, and Ryukyu Islanders
Southeast Asia and the spread of Islam
Ming China on the eve of the Portuguese intrusion
Conclusion
6. Europe and Japan Disrupt the East Asian International Order
Arrival of the Portuguese
The Ming under Siege
The Rise of Japanese Power
Other Europeans: The Arrival of the Dutch and the English
Southeast Asia: Magnet for the West
Last Days of the Ming
Conclusion
7. The Great Qing Empire
Rebuilding of the "Chinese" empire
Japan and Korea
Southeast Asia in flux
Approach of the British empire
Conclusion
8. Triumph of the West
The British are coming
The Yanks are coming
France's quest for glory
Russia as a Pacific power
And then there were the Dutch
Conclusion
9. The Ascendance of Japan
Restoration and self-strengthening in China
The Meiji Restoration
Japan ascendant
The United States as an East Asian Power
The Boxer War
In the light of the Rising Sun
Conclusion
10. Challenge to the West
Development of the Japanese empire
The Rise of Chinese nationalism
Nationalism elsewhere in East Asia
Washington and Moscow look to East Asia
Nationalist revolution in China
Crisis in Manchuria
11. War and Decolonization, 1932-1949
In the beginning it was Manchuria
China imperiled
War comes to Asia
Japan's Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere
The war ends in East Asia
Decolonization in Southeast Asia
Conclusion
12. The Cold War in Asia
The occupation of Japan
Revolution in China
War in Korea
Southeast Asia and the Cold War
China, Taiwan, and the United States
Conclusion
13. The Resurgence of East Asian Economic Power
Japan as # 1
Little Dragons
Southeast Asia
China joins the world market economy
The Japan that can say no
Conclusion
14. On the Eve of the 21st Century
Disaster at Tiananmen
Democracy comes to Taiwan
The Korean peninsula: democracy and nuclear weapons
Red star over Hong Kong
Crisis in Southeast Asia
Conclusion
Closing Thoughts
Further Reading
Index
A common misconception holds that Marco Polo "opened up" a closed and recalcitrant "Orient" to the West. However, this sweeping history covering 4,000 years of international relations from the perspective of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia shows that the region's extensive involvement in world affairs began thousands of years ago.