The Wars for Asia, 1911-1949. By Sally C.M. Paine. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012
Reviewed by DR GREGORY P GILBERT
IT IS difficult for one mountain to hold two tigers. (Great rivals cannot coexist) — Mandarin proverb.
WHEN I first studied Asian history as an undergraduate in the 1980s, I thought we relied too heavily upon Western interpretations of events in the East. Since then I have been searching for a useful reference that examines modern Asian history from the non-western perspective. The Wars for Asia, 1911-1949 is exactly that book.