Empires at War

Empires at War : A Short History of Modern Asia Since World War II

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As the major geopolitical power bloc, Asia - with 4 billion people, two-thirds of the world's population, a huge land-mass and the fastest-growing economies - has shifted the global political balance. "Empires at War" gives a dramatic narrative account of how 'Modern Asia' came into being. Ranging over the whole of Asia, from Japan to Pakistan, the modern history of this important region is placed in the context of the struggle between America and the Soviet Union. Francis Pike shows that America's domination of post-war Asia was a continuation of a 100-year competition for power in the region. He also argues cogently that, contrary to the largely 'Western-centric' viewpoint, Asian nations were not simply the passive and biddable entities of the superpowers, but had a political development which was both separate and unique, with a dynamic that was largely independent of the superpower conflict. And, in conclusion, the book traces the unwinding of American influence and the end of its Empire - a crucial development in international history which is already having repercussions throughout the world.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 784 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 55.88mm | 1,428.82g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 40 integrated illustrations
  • 1848850794
  • 9781848850798
  • 1,204,436

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"'A fantastic work of scholarship which ought to become the standard work. Francis Pike's knowledge, erudition, eye for the telling detail and sheer breadth of scope is truly astonishing.' - Andrew Roberts 'a stunning piece of work' - Norman Stone, formerly Professor of Modern History at Oxford University and author of 'Europe Transformed' and 'The Eastern Front.'
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About Francis Pike

Francis Pike studied history at Cambridge and is an historian, a journalist and a specialist in Asian economics and political strategy. He has advised Asian governments, and for 20 years lived in Japan, China and India.
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