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By David Shambaugh, Michael Yahuda

Because the world's so much dynamic zone, Asia embodies explosive monetary development, varied political platforms, vivid societies, modernizing militaries, state of the art applied sciences, wealthy cultural traditions amid globalization, and strategic pageant between significant powers. consequently, diplomacy in Asia are evolving speedily. during this totally up to date and elevated quantity, best students from Asia, Europe, and North the USA supply the most up-tp-date and definitive research on hand of Asia's nearby relationships. They set advancements in Asia in theoretical context, examine the function of best exterior and nearby powers, and examine the significance of subregional actors and linkages. Combining interpretive richness and actual intensity, their essays offer an authoritative and stimulating evaluate. scholars of up to date Asian affairs—new to the sphere and outdated palms alike—will locate this publication a useful learn.

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IV The twentieth century was an era when much of the world was under various types of imperial control, when Europe itself was convulsed by two world wars, and when the legitimacy of established empires was challenged by India, China, and Japan. Just as the reality of British imperialism waxed, mutated, and eventually waned, according to the shifting balance of wealth and power in East Asia and Europe, so too the imperial ‘idea’ or ‘project’ had continually to be refashioned in the public mind.

72 It was this contribution that enabled the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sir Hugh Trenchard, to prove the service’s worth in Whitehall. Finally, the way in which notions of ‘space’ and ‘place’ shaped the public imagination of empire—an emerging theme in the ‘new’ imperial history— is explored at several points in this volume. Spatial terminology—‘metropolis’, ‘periphery’, ‘ex-centric’, ‘bridgeheads’, and ‘contact zones’—has of course long proved popular with historians of empire. 74 Several contributors to this volume highlight how experiences of empire could be mediated as much through the locality and region as through the nation, and how space and place were therefore ‘repositories of social 71 D.

6. 24 ANDREW THOMPSON Britain’s interests and involvement in the wider world rather than to stand apart from them. Richard Whiting goes further. He claims that ‘international relations’ loomed larger than ‘empire’ in popular consciousness in Britain. He then goes on to suggest that this explains why the public could evince seeming indifference to imperial withdrawal yet continue to support the defence of Britain’s international role, albeit increasingly as America’s subordinate ally. All of the chapters in this volume also have to grapple with the seemingly bewildering variety of influences that came from the colonies.

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