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The topic introduces students to a range of contemporary theoretical and historical approaches to the rise of the East Asian economy and its impact on the global economy over the last 50 years. After some reference to 19th century developments, the topic focuses on the post-war re-emergence of Japan as a global economic power and then moves to current debates about the prospects for a China-centred 'Asian Century.' This topic is focused on economic change within major East Asian economies (China, Japan and Korea) and the place of East Asia and East Asian states in the global economy.
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