The author defines this maritime and mercantile region of 400 million people, tracing its crucial role in the east-west exchange of goods and ideas over two millennia. Identifying its cultural, economic and linguistic commonalities he provides a sorely needed balance to Euro- and Sino- centric views of history.
Philip Bowring is a journalist based in Asia since 1973, variously as correspondent for the Financial Times, editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, columnist for the International Herald Tribune and independent columnist and consultant on regional economic and political issues. He has an MA in History from Cambridge University where he is a Fellow Commoner of St Catharine’s College.
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