Political Cultural Developments in East Asia

Interpreting Logics of Change

Authors: Preston, P. W.

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This book offers an interpretive and critical comparative politics analysis of the post-1945 development trajectory of the broad East Asian region and its component countries. The discussion considers the region and its countries in terms of their historical legacies (colonialism, war and the preoccupation with development) and argues that each country has constructed their own way of ordering political life, each created its own political logic. Arguing that it is an error to judge these countries’ performance against the model of Europe or America, Preston discusses the era of expansionist colonialism, the episode of breakdown in highly destructive regional warfare in the early twentieth century and the subsequent diverse records of China (with its party-state turned towards a nominal state-socialism), Hong Kong (confronting the problems of living with distant masters), Singapore (with its elite directed national building) and Thailand (mired in elite-resistance to popular political reform).



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P.W. Preston is Emeritus Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Birmingham. He has lived and worked in East Asia and has published widely on the politics of this region and his own home country, England.



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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Cultural Developments in East Asia
Book Subtitle
Interpreting Logics of Change
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57221-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57221-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57220-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 287
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