Recasting the Imperial Far East: Britain and America in China, 1945-1950

Recasting the Imperial Far East: Britain and America in China, 1945-1950

Recasting the Imperial Far East: Britain and America in China, 1945-1950

Recasting the Imperial Far East: Britain and America in China, 1945-1950

Synopsis

This study sheds new light on the Anglo-American rivalry in China in the period between the defeat of Japan and the triumph of the Chinese Communists. Disputing the dominant historiographical perspectives of both Anglo-American and East Asian studies, the author rejects the Cold War approach of Soviet-American rivalry as the focus of analysis and concentrates instead on the relatively neglected dimension of Anglo-American relations, detailing the significant tensions between a rising imperial power (the United States) and a declining imperial power (the UK) over China policy issues. What results is a new and timely perception of the behavior of American power in the Far East.
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