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Power and Primacy

A History of Western Intervention in the Asia-Pacific

A.B. Abrams

Today the Asia-Pacific region stands on the verge of major change, with centuries of western dominated regional order being seriously challenged and quite possibly nearing its end. The emergence of a potential new order dominated by regional rather than extra-regional powers - an «Asia for the Asiatics» in the words of Japan’s pan-Asian scholars - means it is now more than ever essential to understand the history of the current western-dominated system, the full implications should it continue and the nature of the West’s intentions towards the region.

This book undertakes the task of elucidating the complex and little-known history of western intervention in the Asia-Pacific, providing information critical to understanding contemporary developments

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Introduction

part IWar with Japan and its Aftermath: How Western Powers Met New Challenges to their Dominance in the Pacific

Chapter 1

Japanese Empire: The Rise and Fall of Asia’s First Independent Industrial Power and How It Undermined Western Hegemony in the Pacific

Chapter 2

The War Against a Defeated Japan: Elimination of a Threat to Western Hegemony in Asia

Chapter 3

Emergence of a People’s Republic in China: Efforts to Undermine the Rise of an Independent Asian Power

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