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The United States, East Asia and the World: Hegemony, Conflict and Rivalry - IRPG833

In the second half of the nineteenth century, the United States began increasing its presence in East Asia. In the first instance the focus was on participation in the opening of Japan and China to western trade and influence, but by the end of the century the US had established a colonial foothold in the Philippines and Guam. The was the beginning of a long-term pattern of increasing US intrusion into East Asia, which would see it fight three major wars and emerge as the undisputed hegemon in the region. Today, this regional hegemony is challenged by the rise of an assertive, outward looking China. This unit places these developments in their historical context, while examining their contemporary expressions in emerging diplomatic, economic and military rivalry. Although touching in other countries, the main focus is on the US’s relationships with China, Japan the Koreas and Australia.

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

2019 - Next offered in 2019

Staff Contact(s): Dr Lloyd Cox

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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

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