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By H. L. Wesseling

A Cape of Asia collects eighteen essays by way of H. L. Wesseling, an across the world well known historian. A wide-ranging learn of an array of matters, this quantity is split into 3 sections: “Europe’s Identity,” a mirrored image at the shift from Eurocentrism to Americanization and Europe’s recognition of Asian international locations as new key performs within the international economic system; “The Wider View,” a old ecu point of view on globalization, migration, and decolonization; and at last “European rules approximately schooling, technological know-how, and Art.” either own and highbrow, Wesseling’s essays comprise an incisive examine the interbellum years and a comparability of strength buildings in Europe and Asia.

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The chapter starts from the assumption that ‘institutions matter’ in the creation, maintenance and future prospects of regional integration projects. It is argued that governments create regional integration institutions to enhance the predictability of interactions with other governments, and of the outcomes emanating from those interactions. However, institutions, once established, have a habit of taking on ‘a life of their own’ in the sense that they evolve in ways not foreseen by their creators, and generate ‘path dependencies’ that not only constrain national actors, but also constitute ‘normative vessels’ imbued with their own beliefs, procedures and values.

The following chapter, by Walter Kennes (2015), examines the evolving development partnership between the EU and ASEAN. ASEAN, as one of the most successful integration initiatives among developing nations, and the EU, as the most comprehensive arrangement among industrial countries, are widely considered natural partners. While the EU is the oldest dialogue partner of ASEAN, the chapter points out similarities between both organisations as well as the importance of being aware of fundamental differences.

In L. Brennan and P. Murray, eds, Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives (London: Routledge): 347–365. Andreosso-O’Callaghan, B. (2015) ‘Trade and Investment Drivers: Qualifying the Type of Economic Integration in a Historical Perspective’, in L. Brennan and P. Murray, eds, Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives (London: Routledge): 215–232. Brennan, L. (2015) ‘International Business as a Driver of Regional Integration in Asia’, in L.

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