A History of Empire and Conflict
By (author) Thomas Crump
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Asia-Pacific by Thomas Crump
Book DescriptionBy the end of the twentieth century, China was on its way to becoming one of the greatest powers in the world. "Asia-Pacific" is an account of what happened throughout the whole region since 1900.This is the first authoritative history of a region rich in tradition, riven with conflict and central to our world today. The political backdrop was informed by China, from the fall of its Empire at the beginning of the 20th century through to Mao Zedong's revolution The aftermath of World War II saw a radical transformation in what is often known as The Ring of Fire. Japan, defeated, lost its Empire and armed forces. The war between North and South Korea added a crucial twist, with world-wide repercussions still being felt a half century later. Longstanding European colonial Empires, British, Dutch and French crumbled in South East Asia, as new nations demanded independence, with varying degrees of conflict and violence - culminating in the long Vietnam War.The year 1975 was a watershed. Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh had died and the Soviet Union - part of Mao's legacy - together with the eventual Soviet collapse left the US as the major beneficiary. But most importantly, the major countries of the region have been largely at peace for over 30 years and are enjoying the fruits of this peace - unprecedented levels of commerce and foreign investment has made the region the driving force in the world economy and increasingly central to the politics of globalization. Yet this peace is tentative, with the rumblings of discontent always audible.Thomas Crump has written a fascinating modern history that will further our understanding of a region that has shaped our past and will continue to shape our future.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781847252227
(234mm x 156mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Hambledon Continuum
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 15-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Thomas Crump
Thomas Crump, born into a family of authors, published his first book in 1963. In the course of more than 40 years spent mainly as an academic, Thomas Crump has published many books. Since retirement in 1994 he has extended his range to write new books about history, science and medicine.
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