With China's transformation into a republic after two millennia as an empire as the starting point, Ooi Kee Beng prompts renowned historian Wang Gungwu through a series of interviews to discuss China, Europe, Southeast Asia and India.
Author: Ooi Kee Beng
Publisher: Flipside Digital Content Company Inc.
With China's transformation into a republic after two millennia as an empire as the starting point, Ooi Kee Beng prompts renowned historian Wang Gungwu through a series of interviews to discuss China, Europe, Southeast Asia and India. What emerges is an exciting and original World History that is neither Eurocentric nor Sinocentric. If anything, it is an appreciation of the dominant role that Central Asia played in the history of most of mankind over the last several thousand years.The irrepressible power of the Eurasian core over the centuries explains much of the development of civilizations founded at the fringes - at its edges to the west, the east and the south. Most significantly, what is recognized as The Global Age today, is seen as the latest result of these conflicts between core and edge leading at the Atlantic fringe to human mastery of the sea - in military and mercantile terms. In effect, human history, which had for centuries been configured by continental dynamics, has only quite recently established a new dimension to counteract these. In summary, Wang Gungwu argues convincingly that "e;The Global is Maritime"e;.
His noted studies of Singapore include Serving a New Nation: Baey Lian Peck's
Singapore Story (2013). His other major works include The Eurasian Core and Its
Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (2015); Lim ...
Author: Tawfik Tun Dr Ismail
Publisher: Flipside Digital Content Company Inc.
This is the unfinished autobiography of Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, the medical doctor who held key government positions in the first two decades of Malaysian nation building, and who was an important early player within UMNO, the country's dominant political party. Drifting into Politics was found among the private papers that were handed over to the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in 2005 by Tun Dr Ismail's eldest son, Mohd Tawfik.The family has asked for it to be published in 2015, this year being the 100th anniversary of Tun Dr Ismail's birth. This is an apt time indeed to make his reflections on his own life available to the world. This is also the third book to come out of the Tun Dr Ismail papers which are kept at ISEAS Library.The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time, the biography written by Ooi Kee Beng and published in 2006 is ISEAS's all-time bestseller, and it brought Tun Dr Ismail back with great impact into Malaysian political analysis and discourse. It has been translated into Malay and Chinese. The second book - Malaya's First Year in the United Nations - has also been welcomed by scholars of Malaysia's foreign affairs and diplomacy. This present volume continues Malaysia's rediscovery of Tun Dr Ismail.
He is also the long-time editor of Trends in Southeast Asia (at ISEAS), and a
regular columnist for The Edge Malaysia. ... Other noted works include Yusof
Ishak: A Man of Many Firsts (2017); The Eurasian Core and Its Edges: Dialogues
Author: Ooi Kee Beng
Publisher: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
To understand how independence was gained for a politically complex country such as Malaysia, and how its structure took form requires familiarity with the key players involved. More importantly, only by locating these actors within the changing socio-political context in which they specifically lived does their influence both before and after the birth of the country become clear. Having written potent biographies about Malaysian and Singapore leaders such as Ismail Abdul Rahman, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia who died in 1973, Goh Keng Swee, the economic architect and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of Singapore, and Lim Kit Siang, the unwavering opposition leader of Malaysia, Ooi Kee Beng now tells the story of Lee Hau-Shik, based on the latter’s extensive private papers housed at ISEAS Library, Singapore. Born in Hong Kong to a highly prominent family at a time when the Qing Dynasty was falling, Hau-Shik received degrees in Law and Economics in Cambridge and became a successful tin miner in British Malaya and an influential member of Kuala Lumpur’s colonial society. After the Second World War, his influence in elite circles in China, Britain and Malaya allowed him to play a key role in the gaining of independence for Malaysia. He was one of the founders of the Malayan Chinese Association, and served as the country’s first Minister of Finance. "Ooi Kee Beng’s new book on H.S. Lee provides a remarkable picture of an “unlikely politician” who made major contributions to the formation of the early Malayan state. It adds another dimension of study to the formidable task of nation building in a multi-communal society and is an excellent follow-up to his widely praised study of Tun Ismail as the 'reluctant politician'." -- Wang Gungwu, National University of Singapore "Set against the global turbulence that marks the birth of modern Malaysia, Ooi Kee Beng has given us a compelling account of Sir Henry Lee Hau Shik’s personal life and political career, his role in the move to independence and the indelible imprint he left on the country’s history. In highlighting and contextualizing H.S. Lee’s own papers, As Empires Fell should be read by all those interested in how Malaysia came to be." -- Barbara Watson Andaya, University of Hawai‘i
A glance at a satellite image or topographical map of Eurasia reveals the dense
knot of mountains at the continent's core . ... form the southern boundary of the
Tarim Basin , and the Tianshan forms its northern edge , dividing the Tarim Basin
Author: James A. Millward
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Presents a comprehensive study of the central Asian region of Xinjiang's history and people from antiquity to the present. Discusses Xinjiang's rich environmental, cultural and ethno-political heritage.
The growth of states from core areas into peripheral regions, thus expanding the
territorial size of the state and its influence, and the reasons why one core area
was dominant over alternative cores, was an important theme to be found in the ...
Author: Clive H. Schofield
Nothing serves to remind us of the instability of the 'globalised' order as much as the continuing power of territorial boundaries to spawn political and humanitarian crises. Although it might seem that in this important respect the modern world has made little progress, the work of Gerald Blake continues to prove that peaceful resolution of problems associated with international boundaries can be attained. Long recognized as the leading authority in the field of political geography with several definitive works to his credit, Gerald Blake has been active since the 1980s as an advisor to governments, business firms, and legal tribunals on boundary delimitation issues. The organisation he founded, the International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU) at the University of Durham, has played a major role in resolving numerous boundary issues in the Middle East, East Asia, and Africa, especially through its hands-on technical training workshops for government officials charged with negotiating or managing international boundaries. This festschrift by thirty of his colleagues and former students reflects the topics and regional preoccupations Professor Blake has kept returning to throughout his long career, especially the Middle East, maritime boundaries, and the relation between borders and demographics. Several of the authors extend his work in such areas as Arctic jurisdiction, environmental issues of transboundary water management, and geographic information systems (GIS). For the growing number of professionals in conflict management, international humanitarian law, the law of the sea, environmental law, and energy law, and for workers in such diverse fields as natural resource management and forced migrations, as well as for specialists in the Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia these revealing essays offer a wealth of valuable information and insight.
increase in water and ice export through Fram Strait and decreases at its
attenuation (Gudkovich, 1961). ... the multiyear ice boundary in spring and the ice
edge in the subsequent autumn in the northern Chukchi Sea (at 185±190 E) ...
the core of the Transarctic current was revealed: upon increased ice export, the
circulation expands and its core moves to the west; decreased export has the
Author: Ivan E. Frolov
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
In this book the eminent authors analyse the ice cover variability in the Arctic Seas during the 20th and early 21st centuries. In the first two chapters, they show that multi-year changes of the sea-ice extent in the Arctic Seas were formed by linear trends and long-term (climatic) cycles lasting about 10, 20 and 60 years. The structure of temporal variability of the western region (Greenland – Kara) differs significantly from the eastern region seas (Laptev and Chukchi). In the latter region, unlike the former area, relatively short-period cycles (up to 10 years) predominate. The linear trends can be related to a super-secular cycle of climatic changes over about 200 years. The most significant of these cycles, lasting 60 years, is most pronounced in the western region seas.
Through the exercise of so-called soft power the United States works its will in the
international system through the promotion of democracy and free markets rather
than military compulsion or hard-core imperialism.6 Others have observed that ...
Author: Steven Lambakis
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
The United States has long exploited Earth's orbits to enhance security, generate wealth, and solidify its position as a world leader. America's ambivalence toward military activities in space, however, has the potential to undermine our future security. Many in Washington possess a peculiar regard for space and warfare. Some perceive space as a place to defend and fight for America's vital interests. Others -- whose voices are frequently dominant and manifested in public rhetoric, funded defense programs, international diplomacy, and treaty commitments -- look upon space as a preserve not to be despoiled by earthly strife. After forty years of discussion, the debate over America's role in space rages on. In light of the steady increase in international satellite activity for commercial and military purposes, American's vacillation on this issue could begin to pose a real threat to our national security. Steven Lambakis argues that this policy dysfunction will eventually manifest itself in diminished international political leverage, the forfeiture of technological advances, and the squandering of valuable financial resources. Lambakis reviews key political, military, and business developments in space over the past four decades. Emphasizing that we should not take our unobstructed and unlimited access to space for granted, he identifies potential space threats and policy flaws and proposes steps to meet national security demands for the twenty-first century.
In the search for clues as to the nature of the earliest forms of its legal and
political organisation , the Croat name has come under particular scrutiny , since
the name of a people lies at the core of its tradition . ... These terms point instead
to a Eurasian nomadic inheritance , associated with the area that was previously
under Avar rule . ... In the second half of the seventh century a new wave of Asian
horsemen appeared and took over Kuvrat ' s state , but along its edges the
Author: Branka Magaš
Publisher: Al Saqi
This comprehensive volume recounts Croatia's development from the early Middle Ages to the present day. Branka Magaš observes that the ties that bound Croatia to other states for centuries have contributed to the state's vitality, with a complex web of Slav, Croat, Dalmatian, Slavonian, Serb, Jewish, Italian, Yugoslav, and other identities emerging as apart of an ongoing social and political dialogue, which at times has included open strife. Branka Magaš is a historian, journalist, and commentator on the former Yugoslavia. She co-founded the Croatian Peace Forum in 1991 and the Alliance to Defend Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993.
Black's fourth pattern focused on Russia's approach to international relations; its
view of alliances ... behavior over four hundred years reflected, without deviation,
the drive of a “core area” to expand to the edges of the Eurasian “Heartland.
Author: Robert Legvold
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Because the turbulent trajectory of Russia's foreign policy since the collapse of the Soviet Union echoes previous moments of social and political transformation, history offers a special vantage point from which to judge the current course of events. In this book, a mix of leading historians and political scientists examines the foreign policy of contemporary Russia over four centuries of history. The authors explain the impact of empire and its loss, the interweaving of domestic and foreign impulses, long-standing approaches to national security, and the effect of globalization over time. Contributors focus on the underlying patterns that have marked Russian foreign policy and that persist today. These patterns are driven by the country's political makeup, geographical circumstances, economic strivings, unsettled position in the larger international setting, and, above all, its tortured effort to resolve issues of national identity. The argument here is not that the Russia of Putin and his successors must remain trapped by these historical patterns but that history allows for an assessment of how much or how little has changed in Russia's approach to the outside world and creates a foundation for identifying what must change if Russia is to evolve. A truly unique collection, this volume utilizes history to shed crucial light on Russia's complex, occasionally inscrutable relationship with the world. In so doing, it raises the broader issue of the relationship of history to the study of contemporary foreign policy and how these two enterprises might be better joined.
Handaxe Makers Across Eurasia . The Eurasian landmass , the largest of the
Earth ' s six continents , stretches east from the Atlantic edge of Europe to the
Pacific edge of Asia . At its northern end , Eurasia crosses the Arctic Circle . At its
Author: D. Bruce Dickson
Contents: Part I -- How Can We Know of Prehistory: Introduction to the Study of the Past; Ancient Tools, Fossils, and the Rise of Scientific Prehistory; Establishing Relative Sequences of Ancient Events; Absolute or Chronometric Dating; Basic Field Methods in Ancient Studies.; Part II -- Pre-History: Humankind in Deep Time: Deep Time and Evolution; Hominid Evolution in the Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs; The Late Pleistocene Epoch in the Old World; The Late Pleistocene Epoch in the New World; The Holocene Epoch and the Mesolithic Interlude.; Part III -- Precludes to the Present: The Origins of Agriculture; The Rise of Civilisation in the Old World: The Example of Egypt; The Rise of Civilisation in the New World.