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East Asia and the United States : an encyclopedia of relations since 1784
Matray, James Irving, 1948-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
2 volumes cm ; 27 cm
v. 1. A-M -- v. 2. N-Z.


Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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DS518.8 .E22 2002 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
DS518.8 .E22 2002 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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In a series of in-depth essays, this book describes the United States' response to diplomatic, economic, military, political, and cultural developments in East Asia. While focusing particularly on China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, the encyclopedia also provides solid coverage of Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Taiwan. Written by distinguished scholars from nine countries, the entries cover all of the significant people, controversies, conflicts, and agreements of the past two centuries.

Individual entries, many of which were written by the acknowledged authority on the subject, reflect the most current thinking and up-to-date research, and include sources of additional information. This encyclopedia will be useful to Asian specialists and students, as well as scholars in the broader fields of international history and foreign relations, making it an excellent resource for public and academic libraries.

Author Notes

JAMES I. MATRAY is Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at New Mexico State University. His earlier publications include Japan's Emergence as a Global Power (Greenwood, 2000), The Reluctant Crusade: American Foreign Policy in Korea, 1941-1950 (1985), and Historical Dictionary of the Korean War (Greenwood, 1991).

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Matray, professor of history at California State-Chico, has put together a list of experts from both sides of the Pacific to write this encyclopedia. China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam are treated in various entries accessible through the index, rather than in concise overviews, but there are individual entries for almost every other nation in East Asia, including Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Micronesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Taiwan. Other entries cover people (Aquino, Corazon; MacArthur, Douglas; Pol Pot); events (Boxer uprising, Tokyo war crime trials, Pueblo incident); and a variety of other topics germane to U.S. relations with East Asia (Boat people, Exclusion acts, North Korean nuclear controversy, Ping-Pong diplomacy, Viet Cong). The text focuses on diplomacy, economics, and politics, although there is also some coverage of military and cultural affairs. Pinyin spelling of Chinese names and places is used, so familiar names to U.S. readers like Chiang Kai-shek and Sun Yat-sen are rendered in different spellings (Jiang Jieshi and Sun Zhongshan). Cross-references and a useful name index, along with a subject index, make it easy to locate the material that is needed. Both volumes contain several maps of the region as well as a chronology. The articles are brief (from around one-half to two pages) but thorough, giving the reader a quick look at the particular topic. The extensive set bibliography is divided into subject areas and includes numerous sources in languages other than English. Better fact checking would have noted that Chinese general Sun Liren died in 1990 at the age of 91 and is not still living as indicated in his entry. On the whole, however, this is a set that students and interested patrons in most large public and academic libraries will find very helpful when researching the U.S. role and relations on the other side of the Pacific. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

Matray (California State Univ., Chico) presents an encyclopedic survey of how the US has interacted with the nations and peoples of East Asia over the past 200 years. Matray and the contributors are scholars in the fields of US foreign relations or Asian studies. The encyclopedia contains descriptive essays on all significant events, people, controversies, agreements, treaties, and alliances impacting US-East Asian relations. Entries are organized by name or subject. Military battles and treaties are grouped under "Battle of ..." and "Treaty of ..." headings. See references and asterisks indicating full essays enable readers to locate related entries. Each entry is signed and ends with a brief bibliography. Length varies from a half to two pages. The overall focus is on diplomatic and cultural developments, but this encyclopedia also covers major military events and battles connected with WW II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Students seeking secondary and primary sources for research or background reading will benefit from the select bibliography organized by subject and document type. There is a chronology and a comprehensive name/subject index. Supersedes David Shavit's The United States and Asia: A Historical Dictionary (CH, Apr'91). Summing Up: Recommended. Academic libraries, all levels. W. F. Bell Lamar University

Table of Contents

The Dictionary
Selected Bibliography