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In recognition of the role the United States has played in global affairs, many historians have coined the term "the American century" to describe the past 100 years. While the United States' ascension as the lone superpower of the world is indisputable, its neighbors halfway around the world have also made landmark strides in this same time period.
The first aim of "The Asian Century: Paths to Power" is for you the visitor to learn basic facts about the continent. To that end, we have provided interactive, extensive materials, including maps, database, collections, games, videos, and links. Many of these resources are ever-growing, and we hope you will take time to add to them so other visitors can benefit even more from using this site.
Then we move to the more abstract. What do you think power means in today's world? Either spray our Power Wall or post anything you would like to discuss about Asia in our forum, "Asia Talk!" Take our poll to answer questions of current worldwide debate.
At the onset of the 20th century, Asia was dominated by empires anxious for control of its vast resources. Despite a rich history and distinction as the dawn of civilization, the instability of Asian nations made them powerless against the West. But through years of turbulence, war, and reconstruction, countries in Asia slowly regained their independence. It has in one hundred years spread its culture and influence throughout the world, headlining global affairs in the areas of government and politics, warfare and conflicts, industry and economy, and people and culture.
"The Asian Century" also relates key information in these four areas. For as the century progressed, events occurred which would bring certain countries into the great status of World Power while leaving others still sunken in poverty and domination. Just how is it that some nations were able to be at the center of power, while others are merely at its margins? And just what is power anyway?
The focus of "The Asian Century" is on nations of East, Southeast and South Asia. We have excluded the former USSR and the Middle East, for their vast stories of power and influence diverge greatly from that of the Oriental Asian regions.
Enjoy your journey through Asia in the 20th century! And don't forget to sign our guestbook!