Bilateral Legacies in East and Southeast Asia

Bilateral Legacies in East and Southeast Asia
N Ganesan, editor
Date of publication:  2015
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  208
Code:  BM527
Soft Cover
ISBN: 9789814620413
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Robert L. Curry, Jr. Pacific Affairs Vol. 90:1, March 2017.

".... In addition to the rigor exhibited throughout the volume, important attention is paid to key factors such as the importance of civility and mutual respect among leaders and decision-makers as they conduct foreign affairs. 

.... The book's chapters are organised in a logical and linear fashion, are uniformly well-written, and exhibit an impressive level of scholarship, and while reading through the volume readers are likely to think about other bilateral and regional interactions where legacies and overhangs come to mind. 

.... The volume is both interesting and useful, and in the judgement of this reviewer it would provide excellent reading material in either advanced upper division courses or graduate level seminars in fields ranging from international economics to international relations. The chapters can serve as case studies in which an individual student or a student-group could either present analyses of specific chapters to fellow classmates or could discover and analyse bilateral relationships among other nations. In effect, the book's contents accomplish two tasks: they contribute to the state of knowledge about what scholars and decision-makers know about bilateral relationships and they provide students and teachers with ideas worth pursuing within classroom settings." 

Robert H. Taylor, The Royal Society for Asian Affairs, July 2016

"The editor of this slender volume has brought together five specialists in the history of international relations in East and South East Asia to examine the "theoretical concept of overhangs or legacies" in the bilateral relations of selected case studies from among the various State pairings that exist in these two regions.

.... in his Introduction, he provides an elementary guide to post-World War II international relations 'theorising', primarily emanating from the USA.

.... It is too much to argue that history determines relationships. Bilateral legacies, like all history, are open to revision. Bilateral Legacies in East and Southeast Asia is an interesting little book, though the readers may find the frequent repetition of the redundant expression "bilateral legacies or overhangs" tends to feel like a hangover."

About the publication

This edited volume examines the concept of overhangs or legacies or negative stereotypical images in international relations and their impact on bilateral relations between geographically proximate states in East Asia. The case studies chosen ⎯ Japan-Korea, Japan-China, Vietnam-China, Thailand-Myanmar and Thailand-Cambodia ⎯ demonstrate conclusively that bilateral overhangs or legacies have a significant impact on contemporary international relations. Such images are regularly replicated and stoked by a variety of constituencies, including state agencies, for their own selfish interests. The evidence also points to the fact that such bilateral relationships are relatively self-contained and often operate with their own dynamics. Powerful condensation symbols are appropriated to weave a story of the virtuous self and the stereotypical other. This negative image and its replication is important to an understanding of turbulent bilateral relations in East Asia and also helps to inform how such relations can be brought to an even keel.

The e-chapter, "1. Historical Legacies in East and Southeast Asian International Relations",  is downloadable free of charge.


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