The Wars for Asia — an Asian perspective

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The Wars for Asia CoverThe 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.

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