Pacific Century: The Emergence of Modern Pacific Asia, Third Edition
Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press
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. This updated third edition 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. More recent developments are considered 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. Chronological updates for Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia are also provided. 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 are examined.
"A superb overview of the history, politics, and international relations of East Asia. The book meets a long-standing need for undergraduate courses."
—Allen S. Whiting, University of Arizona
"Readable yet sophisticated and provocative in scope and issues raised, Pacific Century is an excellent textbook."
—Hugh Patrick, Columbia University
"A tour de force . . . A multidimensional panorama of the vast, diverse, and dynamic Asia Pacific. . . [A] unique, information-jammed resource for anyone interested in the Pacific—and everyone should be."
—Adlai E. Stevenson
"Borthwick's narrative is effective and quite readable, especially given the immense amount of material covered."
—Journal of Asian Business
"An excellent accompanying resource to better understand the Asia phenomenon. . . The book neither lectures nor proselytizes—it teaches, and teaches extremely well."