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Only Yesterday: China, Japan And The Transformation Of East Asia

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The region of East Asia has been characterized by rapid region-wide economic development that has led to the emergence of increasingly urbanized and middle-class societies, as well as the deepening and widening of gaps between urban centers and rural areas. With the end of Cold War, the transformation of global political structure from bipolarity to unipolarity and then to multipolarity was fueled not simply by the collapse of Soviet Union but by a congeries of events, some of which were partly related to, but many of which were autonomous from, the Soviet collapse. Democratic transformations did take place in the 1980s, not in socialist countries but rather in American client states such as the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan. This chapter focuses on the end of the Cold War in Asia and lay out the context of what took place in East Asia (particularly in Japan and China) "only yesterday".

Keywords: China; Cold War; democratic transformations; East Asia; global political structure; Japan; Soviet Union



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