Description - Japan and South East Asia by Wolf Mendl
Japan's relations with South East Asia differ in quantity and quality from relations with its immediate neighbours in North East Asia. The region includes the ten member states of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Since the opening of the country in the mid-nineteenth century, Japan's interest in this area, which is both geographically and psychologically remote from itself, has varied over time. In the early years of the twentieth century, Japan's interest was limited to trade and investment in some of the European colonies which could support its industry and export market. During the time of the Pacific War, the area grew to be of strategic economic and military interest to Japan, culminating in its brief hegemony in the early 1940s and resulting in a lingering mistrust which has continued to have a bearing on the region's relations with Japan. Through the Cold War years to the present day, the establishment of ASEAN as a regional entity has had a significant impact on Japan's relations with the area. This unique collection details Japan's relations with South East Asia from the Meiji era to the present day.
The articles examine the development of Japan's economic, political and strategic interests in the region, as well as her relationships with individual countries. The one hundred and thirty years under review in these two volumes are discussed in three broad sections; * The Meiji Restoration (1868) to the outbreak of the Second World War * The Pacific War (1941-1945) and the effort to establish a Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere * The Cold War years (1947-1990) and issues which have arisen since then This comprehensive and thorough collection is an indispensable resource for students and scholars of the politics and history of Japan and South East Asia.
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