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Western Power in Asia is an accessible and informal account of the Western era of power in Asia. It offers the general reader a unique overview of a vast historical canvas. Its chief merit is that it brings together for the first time so much political narrative in a single volume. For those interested in world history Western Power in Asia is thus an ideal guide to five hundred years of Western power in Asia; and especially its climax during the nineteenth century and its eventual end at the close of the twentieth century. The narrative is tilted towards these two hundred years because they saw the greatest impact of the West on Asian peoples and, in the Japanese reaction to the increasing pressure, the weakening and termination of colonial power.In support of this account of key events are well-chosen quotations from contemporary sources, which represent Western and Eastern voices from each period in question. The easy-to-read style allows the author to logically move from one topic to the next without leaving the reader breathless, while the light footnoting does not disturb the text. The scope of the bibliography is an indication of how widely the author has researched the subject, besides providing a tremendous resource for anyone who wishes to follow up specific matters of interest.
Arthur Cotterell was formerly the principal of Kinston College, London. Having lived and travelled widely in Asia, he has been writing about Asian affairs for decades. In 1980 he published The First Emperor of China, whose account of Qin Shi Huangdi's remarkable reign was immediately translated into seven languages. His other works on subjects related to Western Power in Asia have also been acclaimed and translated. At present he is writing a history of Asia.
Table of Contents
The Slow Rise of Western Imperialism.
Iberian Expansion Overseas, 1415-1647.
Portuguese and Chinese Maritime Exploration Compared
The Sea Route to India Discovered
The Formation of the Portuguese Empire
Mixed Success in Southeast Asia
China and Japan
The Struggle for Supremacy, 1647-1815.
Early Dutch Power
New Rivals: the French and the English
The Battle for India
A Chinese Rebuff
Imperial Heyday, 1815-1905.
The Opium Wars
The Indian Mutiny
France's Colonial Revival
The American Colony of the Philippines
The Russo-Japanese War
An Asian Challenge.
The Advent of Imperial Japan, 1868-1941.
The Meiji Restoration
A New Balance of Power
Revolution in China
The Sino-Japanese War
The Collapse of Western Power, 1941-1945.
The Outbreak of the Pacific War
Catastrophe in Southeast Asia
Japan's New Order in Asia
The Fall of the Japanese Empire
The Surrender of Japan
The Beginnings of Withdrawal, 1945-1950.
The Post-War Settlement
The End of the Indian Empire
Dutch Failure in Indonesia
The Communist Triumph in China
The Occupation of Japan
Independence in British Southeast Asia
The Tragedy of Vietnam
Accommodating China and Japan
Postscript: Last Post in Hong Kong.
Notes and References
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