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Empires at war, a short history of modern Asia since World War II, Francis Pike

Summary
"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."--Bloomsbury publishing
Table Of Contents
Introduction and Background ; Maps ; Part 1. American Empire and Its Competitors 1621-1945. Chapter 1. American Empire and Its Competitors : America: 1621-1945 -- Part 2. Asia's Post-War Settlement. Chapter 2. Potsdam, Hiroshima and the Atom Bomb : Japan: August 1945 ; Chapter 3. Mao and the Chinese Revolution : China: 1945-54 ; Chapter 4. Emperor Hirohito and the Tokyo War Crimes Trial : Japan: 1945-8 ; Chapter 5. Mahatma Gandhi: Passive Aggression : India: 1945-7 ; Chapter 6. 'An Iron Curtain Has Descended' : America-Soviet Union: 1945-61 ; Chapter 7. Stalin, Mao and Truman: Post-War Alliances : China: 1945-50 ; Chapter 8. Chiang Kai Shek and the Flight to Taiwan : Taiwan: 1945-9 ; Chapter 9. MacArthur, Yoshida and the American Occupation of Japan : Japan: 1945-54 ; Chapter 10. Hồ Chí Minh and the Battle of Diên Biên Phu : Vietnam: 1945-54 ; Chapter 11. General Phibun: National Socialist Dictator : Thailand: 1945-58 ; Chapter 12. From Independence to Dependency : Philippines: 1945-60 ; Chapter 13. Lord Mountbatten and the Partition of India : India-Pakistan: 1945-7 ; Chapter 14. Origins of the Korean War : Korea: 1945-50 ; Chapter 15. Aung San: Revolutionary and Turncoat : Burma: 1945-9 ; Chapter 16. Sukarno: The Founding Father : Indonesia: 1945-50 ; Chapter 17. Independence and the Racial Contract : Malaysia: 1945-80 ; Chapter 18. Lee Kuan Yew: Pocket Giant : Singapore: 1945-64 ; Chapter 19. Capitalist Redoubt : Hong Kong: 1945-97 -- Part 3. Cold War in the Balance. Chapter 20. The Korean War : Korea: 1950-3 ; Chapter 21. The Great Leap Forward : China: 1949-61 ; Chapter 22. Dictatorship and Prosperity : Taiwan: 1947-75 ; Chapter 23. Nehru: The Fashioning of a Legend : India: 1945-65 ; Chapter 24. Jinnah and Pakistan's Failed Constitution : Pakistan: 1945-65 ; Chapter 25. Fall of Rhee and Park's 'Economic Miracle' : South Korea: 1954-79 ; Chapter 26. Kim II Sung: The 'Great Leader' : North Korea: 1950-80 ; Chapter 27. The Todai Oligarchs : Japan: 1955-92 ; Chapter 28. The Cultural Revolution : China: 1961-70 ; Chapter 29. Indira Gandhi: A Study in Nepotism : India: 1966-84 ; Chapter 30. Kennedy: Vietnam and the Vienna Summit : America-Vietnam: 1954-63 ; Chapter 31. 'The Year of Living Dangerously' : Indonesia: 1950-68 ; Chapter 32. LBJ and the Vietnam Quagmire : Vietnam: 1963-9 ; Chapter 33. The Trouble with Tigers ; Chapter 34. Nixon in China : America-China: 1969-71 ; Chapter 35. The Night of the Intellectuals : Bangladesh-Pakistan: 1965-73 ; Chapter 36. Têt Offensive: Lost Victories : America-Vietnam: 1968-75 ; Chapter 37. The Bombing of Cambodia : Cambodia: 1969-73 ; Chapter 38. Revolution's End: The Deaths of Mao, Zhou Enlai, and Lin Biao : China: 1970-6 ; Chapter 39. The Murder of Aquino: The Disgrace of Ferdinand Marcos : Philippines: 1960-86 ; Chapter 40. Coups d'Etat: A Way of Life : Thailand: 1958-91 ; Chapter 41. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and General Mohammed Zia ul-Haq : Pakistan: 1973-88 ; Chapter 42. Pol Pot: Deconstructionism and Genocide : Cambodia: 1973-79 -- Part 4. Communism in Retreat. Chapter 43. The Gang of Four : China: 1976-9 ; Chapter 44. The End of the Tyrants : Korea: 1979-2001 ; Chapter 45. Dr Mahathir: The Acerbic Autocrat : Malaysia: 1981-2003 ; Chapter 46. Suharto: Rule of the Kleptocrats : Indonesia: 1965-98 ; Chapter 47. Rogue State : North Korea: 1980-2005 ; Chapter 48. Bloodlust and Revenge : Bangladesh: 1971-96 ; Chapter 49. Cory Aquino and the Rocky Path to Democracy : Philippines: 1986-2000 ; Chapter 50. Deng Xiaoping: 'Capitalist Roader No. 2' : China: 1974-96 ; Chapter 51. Benazir and Sharif: Rise and Fall of the Demagogues : Pakistan: 1988-99 ; Chapter 52. The Narcotic State : Burma: 1948-2005 ; Chapter 53. Rajiv Gandhi: The Reluctant Pilot : India: 1984-9 ; Chapter 54. The Tiananmen Square Massacre : China: 1987-9 ; Chapter 55. Property Crash and the Lost Decade : Japan: 1990-2000 ; Chapter 56. Narasimha Rao and the Quiet Revolution : India: 1990-2003 ; Chapter 57. The Savaging of the Tiger Economies : Asia: 1996-8 ; Chapter 58. A Bungled Surrender : Hong Kong: 1980-97 ; Chapter 59. One China or Two? : Taiwan: 1947-2005 ; Chapter 60. Nukes and Mullahs : Pakistan: 1973-2005 -- Part 5. End of America's Asian Empire. Chapter 61. Asia Redux : Asia: 1990-2010 ; Chapter 62. From Cold War to End of Empire : America-Asia: 1945-2010 -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Note
Description based upon print version of record
Physical Description
1 online resource (896 p.)
Specific Material Designation
remote
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9781283169196

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