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The Origins of the Cold War in Asia
The Origins of the Cold War in Asia
Edited by Yonosuke Nagai and Akira Iriye
Columbia University Press, 1977, 448 pp

A useful collection of Japanese, British and American views on the genesis of the cold war in Asia. Among the most interesting essays are Nakajima's on the Sino-Soviet split, Slusser's on Soviet policy in Korea (which hypothesizes that Stalin aimed during World War II and immediately thereafter at obtaining a warm-water port on the Korean peninsula), and D. C. Watt's on British wartime policy in the Far East. Watt describes the contempt with which Far Eastern specialists in the British Foreign Office viewed American naiveté. The British presciently feared that American expectations for democracy in China would eventually fuel cynicism and disillusionment great enough to overturn the course of events in the Far East. It could be argued that the United States had similarly unrealistic expectations about other Asian countries and that these excessive expectations will fuel a new disillusionment with the American presence in Asia.