Imperial Decline: Russia's Changing Role in Asia

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Stephen Blank, Alvin Z. Rubinstein
Duke University Press, 1997 - History - 296 pages
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This collection of essays by a distinguished group of international scholars is the first to analyze current Russian policies in China, Japan, and the two Koreas. Although Russia was a rising power in Asia a century ago, historical and political events since then have diverted attention from this potential site of development.
The essays inImperial Declinedescribe the major changes that have occurred in Russia’s relations with China, Japan, and South Korea under Boris Yeltin’s presidency, speculating about both Russia’s future in the region and the impact this future could have on relations with the United States. Contributors to this volume demonstrate how incoherent taxation and investment, uncoordinated and contradictory economic policies, runaway inflation and currency instability, and problems of defense now constrain the possibility of Russia expanding its economic influence in the region. This book is essential for students and scholars of international relations, foreign policy, and Russian history.

Contributors. Stephen J. Blank, Bruce A. Elleman, Harry Gelman, Hongchan Chun , Rajan Menon, Alvin Z. Rubinstein, Oles M. Smolansky, Henry Trofimenko, Charles E. Ziegler

  

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Contents

Preface
1
STEPHEN j BLANK Russia and China in Central Asia
40
Context
99
Implications
129
ALVIN z RUBINSTEIN Russias Relations with North
155
HONGCHAN CHUN AND CHARLES E ZIEGLER The Russian
185
HARRY GELMAN Implications for the United States of Russias
213
Conclusion
272
Index
285
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Stephen J. Blank is MacArthur Professor of Research, U.S. Army War College. Alvin Z. Rubinstein is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

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