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Palgrave Macmillan

After the Empires

The Dissolution of Foreign Powers and the Creation of New States in East Asia

ISBN 9781137345677
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The shift to the modern world in East Asia was accomplished in part via the experience of colonial rule as Europeans, Americans and Japanese in the late nineteenth century constructed elaborate colonial empires throughout the region. Local reactions included collaboration, resistance and learning - and the latter fed into locally made nationalisms that fuelled popular revolts against foreign rule. When the system went into crisis with numerous wars during the 1930s and 1940s, local nationalists took their chance and lodged claims to independence. As the fighting subsided it became clear that empires were no longer tenable, and independent nation states began to be constructed. Today they form the underlying political structure of the burgeoning region of East Asia.

P.W. Preston is Professor Emeritus at the University of Birmingham, UK, and has taught comparative politics over many years at universities in Scotland, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and China.

1. State-Empires and the Shift to the Modern World
2. State-Empire Systems: The Players
3. State-Empire Systems: The Logics
4. State-Empire Systems: The Fracture Lines
5. General Crisis: System Failure and Collapse
6. State-Empire Dissolution
7. After the State-Empires: Territories, States, Nations and Development
8. Powerful Regions and the Surprising Costs of Success


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