East Asia at the Center: Four Thousand Years of Engagement with the World (Paperback)

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East Asia at the Center: Four Thousand Years of Engagement with the World (Paperback)


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Long before the arrival of Western emissaries and powers, East Asian peoples and states were deeply involved in world affairs. In this sweeping account, Warren I. Cohen explores four millennia of international relations from the vantage points of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

Writing incisively and authoritatively for readers at all levels, Cohen paints a broad but revealing portrait of East Asia's place in the world. He defines the region's boundaries widely, looking beyond China, Japan, and Korea to include Southeast Asia, and extends the scope of international relations to consider the vital role of cultural and economic exchanges. Cohen examines the system of Chinese domination in the ancient world, the exchanges between East Asia and the Islamic world, Chinese sea voyages to Arabia and East Africa, and the emergence of a European-defined international system. He chronicles the new imperialism of the 1890s, the ascendancy of Japan, the trials of World War II, the drama of the Cold War, and the transformations of East Asian states toward the close of the twentieth century. By showing that East Asia has often been preeminent on the world stage, this book not only recasts the past but also adds crucial historical perspective on international politics today.

This second edition of East Asia at the Center features new material on the first decades of the twenty-first century.
Warren I. Cohen is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His Columbia University Press books include America's Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations (sixth edition, 2019) and A Nation Like All Others: A Brief History of American Foreign Relations (2018).
Product Details ISBN: 9780231208338
ISBN-10: 0231208332
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: August 15th, 2023
Pages: 592
Language: English