The Geopolitics of East Asia: The Search for Equilibrium

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Psychology Press, 2003 - History - 198 pages
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East Asia is a potential area of international conflict, with a number of possible 'flashpoints' and with the absence of strong regional organisations able to deal with conflict resolution. At the same time, global powers frequently get involved in the international politics of the region in order to protect their interests. This book presents a comprehensive overview of the geopolitics of the region. It focuses in particular on the way geographical and historical forces continue to play a key role in shaping international relations here. It considers the role of both regional and international powers, and assesses the risks of war in the region.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
East Asia to 1905
12
Unstable balance 19051935
37
The road to war 19351941
62
The Cold War first phase
83
The Cold War final phase
113
The quadrilateral continues
140
war without end?
164
Notes
172
Bibliography
186
Index
191
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Robyn Lim is Professor of International Relations at Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan. Previous affiliations include the University of New South Wales in Sydney and Australian Studies Professor, University of Tokyo. From 1988 to 1994, she worked in the Office of National Assessments, Australia's main foreign intelligence assessment agency.

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