The East Asian expansion since the 1960s stands out as a global power shift with few historical precedents. The Resurgence of East Asia examines the rise of the region as one of the world's economic power centres from three temporal perspectives: 500 years, 150 years and 50 years, each denoting an epoch in regional and world history and providing a vantage point against which to assess contemporary developments.

chapter |16 pages


The rise of East Asia in regional and world historical perspective

chapter 1|34 pages

Tribute and treaties

Maritime Asia and treaty port networks in the era of negotiation, 1800–1900

chapter 2|27 pages

A frontier view of Chineseness

chapter 3|46 pages

The East Asian path of economic development

A long-term perspective

chapter 4|49 pages

Women’s work, family, and economic development in Europe and East Asia

Long-term trajectories and contemporary comparisons