Summary of Asia

Changing the World

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A broad collection of views on Asia’s transition. How will it evolve? How will these changes affect Europe?


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This collection of essays by 17 contributors offers a broad, though Eurocentric, survey of issues involved in Asia’s emergence. The essays are uneven in quality, as might be expected. The best treatises break through the boundaries of conventional thinking about Asia to reveal new possibilities, challenges and implications. Even the mediocre essayists here manage to, at least, raise interesting questions for the attentive reader. Although the book is tricky to navigate due to the omission of bibliographical information for each author alongside his or her chapter, getAbstract thinks it is often stimulating, seldom dull and well worth tucking into your briefcase for perusal – for example, on a long flight to Beijing.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Asia has the potential to become a dominant center of world power
  • What challenges Asia confronts in realizing its potential
  • How Europe should respond to the rise of Asia


“Asia’s Potential as a World Power”
Asia’s unpredicted, unprecedented economic growth over the past few decades instills other world powers, such as Europe and the U.S., with “fear” – fear of losing out to low-cost competition, fear of losing access to natural resources, and “fear of losing...
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About the Author

This volume is a collection of essays from experts in the fields of contemporary Asian economics, politics and society. Malte C. Boecker, an expert in international cultural dialogue and culture management, edited this book on behalf of Bertelsmann Stiftung, a German think tank.

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