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Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific

Katherine Palmer Kaup, editor
Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific
ISBN: 978-1-58826-061-1
ISBN: 978-1-58826-086-4
ISBN: 978-1-62637-067-8
2007/473 pages/LC: 2006101895
Understanding: Introductions to the States and Regions of the Contemporary World
Includes photos

"Well planned and soundly structured.... This new book is comprehensive, up-to-date, and provides key information and insightful analysis. It is an essential introduction to a dynamic and increasingly significant region."—Guoli Liu, College of Charleston


Covering China, Japan, the Koreas, and all of the ASEAN member states, Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific provides a comprehensive introduction to one of the most complex and rapidly changing regions in the world today.

This accessible, up-to-date volume is designed to be used as a core text for "Introduction to Asia" and "Asian Politics" courses and also as a supplement in a variety of discipline-oriented curriculums. The authors cover history, politics, economics, and international relations, as well as such topics as the role of the military, population and urbanization, environmental issues, women and development, ethnicity, and religion. Maps, photographs, suggestions for further reading, and an appendix of basic political data enhance the text.


Katherine Palmer Kaup is James B. Duke Professor of Asian studies and politics and international affairs at Furman University. She is author of Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China.


  • Introduction—K.P. Kaup.
  • Asia Pacific: A Geographic Preface—R.D. Hill.
  • The Historical Context—C. MacKerras.
  • Asia Pacific Politics—K.P. Kaup.
  • The Economies of Asia Pacific—K. Khandke.
  • International Relations—D. McDougall.
  • Military and Security Issues—R. Sutter.
  • The Environment —P. Hills.
  • Population and Urbanization—D. Forbes.
  • Ethnicity—K.P. Kaup.
  • Women and Development—Y. Rodgers.
  • Religion in Asia Pacific—K.Cole.
  • The Literatures of Asia Pacific—F. Beauchamp and E. Marquez.
  • Trends and Prospect—B. Womack.