Korea at the Center: Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia

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Charles K. Armstrong, Gilbert Rozman, Samuel S. Kim, Stephen Kotkin
M.E. Sharpe, Dec 15, 2005 - History
The common images of Korea view the peninsula as a long-standing battleground for outside powers and the Cold War's last divided state. But Korea's location at the very center of Northeast Asia gives it a pivotal role in the economic integration of the region and the dynamic development of its more powerful neighbors. A great wave of economic expanison, driven first by the Japanese miracle and then by the ascent of China, has made South Korea--an economic powerhouse in its own right--the hub of the region once again, a natural corridor for railroads and energy pipelines linking Asiatic Russia to China and Japan. And over the horizon, an opening of North Korea, with multilateral support, would add another major push toward regional integration.

Illuminating the role of the Korean peninsula in three modern historical periods, the eminent international contributors to this volume offer a fresh and stimulating appraisal of Korea as the key to the coalescence of a broad, open Northeast Asian regionalism in the twenty-first century.


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Preface and Acknowledgments
Competing Visions of Regional Order Late NineteenthEarly Twentieth Centuries
Korea in Japanese Visions of Regional Order
Russian Views of Korea China and the Regional Order in Northeast Asia
Civilization Race or Nation? Korean Visions of Regional Order in the Late Nineteenth Century
Trade Dependency and Colonialism Foreign Trade and Koreas Regional Integration 18761910
Competing Regional Orders Colonialism the Cold War and Their Legacies
Regionalism in Northeast Asia Koreas Return to Center Stage
InterKorean Relations in Northeast Asian Geopolitics
Japans Multilevel Approach Toward the Korean Peninsula After the Cold War
Korea and China in Northeast Asia From Stable Bifurcation to Complicated Interdependence
Korea in Russias PostCold War Regional Political Context
Environmental RegimeBuilding in Northeast Asia Koreas Pursuit of Leadership
The Korean Wave Transnational Cultural Flows in East Asia JungSun Park
Korea Northeast Asia and the Long Twentieth Century

From Japanese Imperium to American Hegemony KoreanCentrism and the Transformation of the International System
Japanese Colonial Infrastructure in Northeast Asia Realities Fantasies Legacies
A Socialist Regional Order in Northeast Asia After World War II
Japans Asian Regionalism and South Korea
Toward a Broad Regionalism?
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Stephen Mark Kotkin was born on February 17, 1959. He is a historian, academic and author. Kotkin graduated from the University of Rochester in 1981 with a B.A. in English. He studied Russian and Soviet history under Reginald E. Zelnik and Martin Malia at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his M.A. in 1983 and his Ph.D. in 1988, both in history. Starting in 1986, Kotkin traveled to the former Soviet Union several times for academic research and fellowships. He was a visiting scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences (1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2012). He joined the faculty at Princeton University in 1989, and was the director of in Russian and Eurasian Studies Program for 13 years (1995-2008). He is currently the John P. Birkelund '52 Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton. He is also a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Biography with his title Stalin - Vol. 1 : Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928.

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