Analyzing the long-term, historical development of the major economies around the Pacific Rim in language aimed at the general reader, this book throws light on the most important relationships in the region today as well as on the prospects for future economic development and political cooperation.
1. Introduction: Geography and Meaning 2. The First Settlements Around the Pacific 3. Early East Asia 4. The European Intrusion: A Spanish Lake 5. The European Intrusion: Pax Britannica 6. The American Century 7. Modern Japan and the "Little Dragons" 8. Modern China 9. The Cities 10. The Pacific Economy: Summing Up 11. Prospects