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A History of Modern East Asia: 1800 to the Present

A History of Modern East Asia: 1800 to the Present

Charles Armstrong

ISBN: 978-1-119-26043-1

Aug 2030, Wiley-Blackwell

416 pages

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$35.99

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From Mongolia to Indonesia, Myanmar to Japan, eastern Asia is a diverse and dynamic region at the leading edge of the global economy. For centuries before the rise of the modern West, East Asia, with China at its center, had been at the forefront of the world’s technological innovation, economic production and cultural development. The “rise” of East Asia in recent decades is less a radical departure than a return to a historical condition of global prominence after nearly two centuries of colonization, imperial collapse, war and economic dependency. A History of Modern East Asia illuminates the history of this vast and crucial region over the last two hundred years, exploring the many cultures, societies, states and economies that have interacted, co-operated, and sometimes fought one another over the course of this tumultuous period. As Armstrong outlines, knowledge of the history of East Asia is essential for understanding how the region came to its current place in the world and where this region may be going next. This book offers a concise and imaginative introduction to East Asia presenting the first major work on the modern history of the region as a whole.

  • Offers a comprehensive view of East Asia, including Southeast Asia as well as China, Korea and Japan

 

  • Examines East Asia within the context of global history, building on recent scholarship in modern world history

 

  • Introduces the innovative concept of “interaction zone” to define East Asia as a region of dynamic economic, political and cultural interaction rather than as a static and reified “civilization”

 

  • Provides a narrative that helps readers understand how the region came to its current place in the world and what the future of East Asia may hold