This critical analysis of long-term trends and recent developments in world systems examines such questions as: Will the cycles of boom and bust, peace and war of the past 500 years continue? Or have either long-term trends or recent changes so profoundly altered the structure of world systems that these cycles will end or take on a less destructive form? The noted international contributors to this volume examine the question of future dominance of the core global systems and include comprehensive discussions of the economic, political and military role of the Pacific Rim, Japan and the former Soviet Union.

Japan: A Hegemonic Power? Reflections on Economic Success and Possible Political Futures

Japan: A hegemonic power? Reflections on economic success and possible political futures

The term ‘hegemony’ is closely related to the development of modernization, colonialism, and imperialism among the occidental powers. Hegemony, originally denoting the domination of one Greek polis over the others, in later centuries came to signify the supreme position of a dominant nation in the world order. Dominant economic power, forceful military power, and political command were the indispensable features of a hegemonic power in this ‘classical’ meaning of the term.

However, with the changing world structure, especially in recent decades, the closing of the colonialist period and the spreading of modern industrialism to Asia, the circumstances that allowed the emergence of the ‘classical’ ...

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