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May 29, 2001
Andrea Campana: (A book review) East Asia at the Center. Four Thousand Years of Engagement with the World, by Warren I Cohen (

Dear Friend:

This is regrettably to share with you that the referenced book review was retracted, effective immediately, with prejudice.

It has come to light today, after the fact that the referenced book review was submitted to and web-published* on May 8, 2001 by ICAS, that the same had already been submitted to and accepted for publication by another publisher.

Thank you.


Sang Joo Kim
Editor / ICAS Lectures
Sr Fellow & Executive Vice President

from: Sang Joo Kim /ICAS
May 8, 2001

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that Andrea Campana, Dottore di Ricerca, Storia delle Relazioni Internazionali, Firenze, contributed to ICAS a book review (#2001-0508-AxC) on "East Asia at the Center. Four Thousand Years of Engagement" by Warren I Cohen.

He opens with "[t]his remarkable work, a volume that covers some 4000 years of international relations in East Asia, demands to be praised for at least two reasons. It represents, firstly, a successful attempt to provide a useful aid to students in "area studies" (involving either China, Central Asia, North East Asia, or South East Asia), in "world history", and -finally- a textbook in "international history". The focus on "diplomacy, trade, cultural transfer, warfare" (Cohen's major concerns, p. 59) inevitably spills over into many different specialist disciplines. Among these merits as a study book, frequent clear and explicit maps call out for special praise. Secondly the book represents a successful attempt by a famous scholar of the Cold War period in East Asia to extend his range of historical speculation to other ages in the development of humankind. Cohen seems to have undertaken this enterprise with the pragmatism and generosity that so often characterizes US academics".

A complete text of his view is posted on the "ICAS Special Contributions" page:

Thank you and regards,

ICAS Fellow