Book Reviews : Japan in Postwar Asia. By LAWRENCE OLSON. (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970. Pp. x, 292. $10.00.)

Date01 December 1970
AuthorHaruhiro Fukui
Published date01 December 1970
Subject MatterArticles
More specifically, two groups of essays deserve special mention. The provoca-
tive piece written in 1959 by Alan de Rusett, &dquo;On Understanding Indian Foreign
Policy,&dquo; is included, as well as the equally well known rejoinder by A. Appadorai.
Both articles, although now more than ten years old, continue to be insightful
analyses of the fundamentals of India’s role in world affairs. It is good to have
them, along with the third essay by R.S.M. (and the concluding piece by de Rus-
ett) together so that the several points of disagreement can be grasped more readily
and judged more sharply.
The second group of essays in Misra’s book are six selections dealing with very
timely aspects of Indian security and defense strategy, including the terribly com-
plex issue of nuclear energy for non-peaceful purposes. Two of the essays were
not previously known to this reviewer and deserve the wider circulation this book
will provide. In the July 1966 issue of Seminar Sisir Gupta discussed whether his
country should prepare for defense or deterrence, carefully blocking out India’s
alternatives. When his article is read along with K. Satchidananda Murty’s piece,
&dquo;Indian Foreign Policy: Some Suggestions for Reorientation,&dquo; Westerners will
better appreciate the extent of the evolutionary change that has occurred in New
Delhi’s thinking about the country’s external relations.
New York University
Japan in Postwar Asia. By LAWRENCE OLSON. (New York: Praeger Publishers,
1970. Pp. x, 292. $10.00.)
In the book under review Lawrence Olson examines Japanese relations with
the peoples of East and Southeast Asia during the period 1952-69. The author’s
observations are largely based on and supported by his firsthand knowledge of the
countries included in the study, knowledge gained through his frequent and
extended visits to those countries. In this sense it is typically a book &dquo;written by the
feet,&dquo; as Japanese would say, but with an important...

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