A Reader's Guide Introduction and Background PART I - AMERICAN EMPIRE AND ITS COMPETITORS 1. AMERICA: 1621-1945: American Empire and Its Competitors The Rise of European Nations and Migration to America; The Land Motive for Independence; American Continental Expansion - the first bite; American Setback in Canada; The Alamo and the Annexation of Florida and Texas; The Mexican War and the seizure of California and Oregon; Railroads and Territorial Consolidation; Genocide - The Destruction of the American Indian; Population, Gold and the Pioneer Spirit; Legends of the Conquest of the West; Hawaii, Cuba and the Philippines; Empire beyond the American Continent; Trade and the Expansion of America's Asian Interest; The Philippines - Conquest and Suppression; Theodore Roosevelt, the Panama Canal, and Economic Imperialism; The Growth of 'Moralism' in American politics and foreign policy; Emergence of America as 'the' global super power; American Isolationism after The First World War; The Russian Empire - A Competitor to United States Hegemony; Manchuria and the Rise of Japan; Isolationism Abandoned; A New Clash of Empires PART II - ASIA'S POST WAR SETTLEMENT 2. Potsdam, Hiroshima and the Bomb: Japan 1945 3. Mao and the Chinese Revolution: China 1945 - 1954 4. Emperor Hirohito and the Tokyo War Crimes Trial: Japan 1945 -1948 5. Mahatma Gandhi: Passive Aggression: India 1945 -1947 6. 'An iron curtain has descended': America-Soviet Union 1945-1961 7. Stalin, Mao and Truman: Post-War Alliances: North East Asia1945 - 1950 8. Chiang Kai Shek and the Flight to Taiwan: Taiwan 1945 - 1949 9. MacArthur, Yoshida, and the American Occupation of Japan: Japan 1945-1954 10. Ho Chi Minh and the Battle of Dien Bien Phu Vietnam 1945-1954 11. General Phibun: National Socialist Dictator Thailand: 1945-1958 12. From Independence to Dependency Philippines: 1945-1960 13. Lord Mountbatten and the Partition India-Pakistan 1945-1947 14. Origins of the Korean War Korea: 1945-1950 15. Aung Sang: Revolutionary and Turncoat Burma:1945-1949 16. Sukarno: The Founding Father Indonesia: 1945-1950 17. Independence and the Racial Contract Malaysia: 1945-1957 18. Lee Kuan Yew: Pocket Giant Singapore: 1945-1964 19. Capitalist Redoubt Hong Kong: 1945-1997 PART III - COLD WAR IN THE BALANCE 20. The Korean War Korea: 1950-1953 21. The Great Leap Forward China: 1949-1961 22. Dictatorship and Prosperity Taiwan: 1947-1975 23. Nehru: The Fashioning of
New in paperback. Asia - with four billion people, almost two-thirds of the world's population, a huge landmass and the fastest-growing economies - has transformed the geopolitical global balance. This title gives a dramatic narrative account of how this 'Modern Asia' came into being.
Francis Pike studied history at Selwyn College, Cambridge and is an historian and journalist. He lived and worked for 20 years in Japan, China and India as an economic and political strategist. www.francispike.org
'A fantastic work of scholarship which ought to become the standard work. Francis Pike's knowledge, erudition, eye for the telling detail and sheer breadth of scope is truly astonishing.' - Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900; 'A stunning piece of work' - Norman Stone, formerly Professor of Modern History at Oxford University and author of Europe Transformed, 1878-1919 and The Eastern Front, 1914-1917; 'An absolute page-turner and deeply learned. Empires at War is the best and most comprehensive account of the history of Asia since World War II that I know. Francis Pike's narrative is gripping, original and entertaining.' - Simon May, Birkbeck College, University of London; former Professor of Philosophy at Tokyo University; 'Pike rises to the challenge of readability, and without sacrificing much in the way of essential detail, covers the ground with confidence.' - John Keay, Literary Review, Feb 2010; 'A jaw-dropping feat in terms of the sheer range it covers' - China Daily