Easternisation is the defining trend of our age — the growing wealth of Asian nations is transforming the international balance of power. This shift to the East is shaping the lives of people all over the world, the fate of nations and the great questions of war and peace.
A troubled but rising China is now challenging America’s supremacy, and the ambitions of other Asian powers — including Japan, North Korea, India and Pakistan — have the potential to shake the whole world. Meanwhile the West is struggling with economic malaise and political populism, the Arab world is in turmoil and Russia longs to reclaim its status as a great power.
We are at a turning point in history: but Easternisation has many decades to run. Gideon Rachman offers a road map to the turbulent process that will define the international politics of the twenty-first century.
Thunder From the East — OPEN The Magazine
Review — The Guardian
Inevitable 'Easternisation' — China.org.cn
Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century — The Guardian
'Easternisation' — Financial Times
Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century Review — The Times
East, West home is best — The Economist
"A masterly account ... the best survey of global affairs I have read for some time … Rachman’s book offers a first-rate primer to the world in which we live."
— Jonathan Fenby, Sunday Times
"In his timely new book, Easternisation, Gideon Rachman articulates a clear and persuasive idea… [His] flair for rich anecdotes, clever writing, strong analysis and original insight are impressive… Easternisation hit, with a wide range of arguments and prognostications that scholars and policymakers must contemplate as we consider the coming Asian century."
— Kurt Campbell Financial Times
"Rachman’s theme takes him on a most interesting and stimulating tour du monde. His discussion of the impact of China’s rise on south-east Asia, contrary to the great majority of accounts, is subtle and nuanced… A most informative, readable and interesting piece of work that deserves a wide readership."
— Martin Jacques Guardian
"A brilliant and engrossing account of the emerging power struggles of the twenty-first century. Gideon Rachman is one of the few journalists with a truly global perspective. His access to world leaders from Beijing to Washington provides a unique perspective on international politics."
— Andrew Roberts
"A superb account… An absorbing and sobering study."
— Stephen Robinson Daily Telegraph
"We are witness in this very decade to one of the greatest geopolitical shifts in the global power balances … This tale has many chroniclers and numerous exponents, but by far the most insightful, sensible, and compelling is Easternisation. This really is one of those works where you can say you wished our political leaders would read and ponder upon its great implications." — Paul Kennedy
"[An] accomplished book."
— Shashank Joshi Prospect
"What this book is really about, and is very good at describing, is the growing impact of China on its neighbours, on the world"
— The Economist*
"[Rachman’s] fine primer provides a first-rate road map to the new reality."
— Sunday Times
"The West is in decline, the East is on the rise. Like too few others, Gideon Rachman grasps this fundamental and over-arching reality of our time, without which we cannot understand either the present or the future … A highly readable and perceptive account of this irresistible truth."
— Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules The World
"Gideon Rachman has written a masterly account of what [the rise of Asia] means, providing the best survey of global affairs I have read for some time, neatly set out in 288 crisply written pages."
— The Sunday Times