For those interested in the history of the East-West relations, this is a “must read” book. I found it last weekend and I think it is a quite interesting contribution for the understanding of present-day Asia. On the other hand, it is challenging to compare our traditional knowledge of history (taught by Portuguese authors) with different views, in this case, the view of ARTHUR COTTERELL. You can read an excerpt here.
Western Power in Asia: Its Slow Rise and Swift Fall, 1415-1999