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Pacific Century: The Emergence of Modern Pacific Asia [Paperback]

Mark Borthwick
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January 2, 2007 0813343550 978-0813343556 Third Edition
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. In this updated third edition, Mark Borthwick 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. He then considers more recent developments 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. The book also provides chronological updates for Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Borthwick concludes with an examination of the 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.

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"An excellent resource to understand the Asia phenomenon...The book neither lectures nor proselytizes -- it teaches, and teaches extremely well." -- Millenium

"Borthwick's narrative is effective and quite readable, especially given the immense amount of material covered." -- Journal of Asian Business

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Near the end of the twentieth century, the term "Pacific Century" became a catchphrase for a renaissance of optimism and economic growth that occurred throughout much of Pacific Asia. More recently it has been used to express an expectation that this region will exert a major influence over the history of the twenty-first century. Although it is used often in this manner with reference to the future, the term also accurately reflects the past -- more than a century of modernizing encounters with the West that have profoundly shaped the region. The 21st century may one day bear the sobriquet of the great ocean but the general outlines of Asia's future were formed during the past century.

This book looks but tangentially at the distant future, being devoted primarily to understanding the emergence of modern Pacific Asia from the nineteenth century to the present. Historians can point to several, perhaps many such "Pacific" eras over millennia in which Asians interacted on a broad scale but surely none has been as globally significant as the present one. By reviewing and integrating the past with the present we are better able to understand why Pacific Asia, after more than a century of conflict and subjugation by the West, has revived with such force and dynamism.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Third Edition edition (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813343550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813343556
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Borthwick is the Director of the United States Asia Pacific Council in Washington DC, a project of the East-West Center. He served in a U.S. Army intelligence unit in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970. Specializing in the Asia Pacific, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University 1978-1979, then served on the staff of the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs in the US House of Representatives. He became the US Executive Director of the US National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation upon its inauguration by the President and Secretary of State in 1984. His book, Pacific Century, accompanies the award-winning, ten part PBS television documentary of that name directed by Alex Gibney. Individual segments of the series may be viewed at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping April 26, 2011
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The book arrived on time and in good condition. I got it for less than half the price compared to my local bookstore. Saving money is always a plus.

The book itself is good, easy read. A lot of info and pictures. Anybody reading this book or having to read this book should also watch "The Pacific Century" it goes pretty well with this book. You can find most of the documentary in YouTube.
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I needed this book for a class. It arrived quickly, and in absolutely perfect condition. You can barely tell it is a used book.
And you can't beat this price!
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