Explains how, from the 19th century to the present, modern nations have emerged from the cultures and societies of Pacific Asia. Introductory studies course provides students with an understanding of the historical and geographic context of the development of Northeast Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and the Soviet Far East) and Southeast Asia (emphasizing Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam).
[pt. 1-2]. The two coasts of China : Asia and the challenge of the West. Meiji : Asia's response to the West -- [pt. 3-4]. From the barrel of a gun. Writers and revolutionaries -- [pt. 5-6]. Reinventing Japan. Inside Japan, Inc. -- [pt. 7-8]. Big business and ghost of Confucius. The fight for democracy -- [pt. 9-10]. Sentimental imperialists : America in Asia. The Pacific century : the future of the Pacific Basin
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