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Violence, Torture and Memory in Sri Lanka: Life After Terror

by Dhana Hughes

Drawing on original ethnographic field-research conducted primarily with former guerrilla insurgents in southern and central Sri Lanka, this book analyses the memories and narratives of people who have perpetrated...


Iraq, Terror, and the Philippines' Will to War

by James A. Tyner

After September 11, 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush put together a 'Coalition of the Willing.' From the very beginning this coalition included the Philippines, a willing participant in the U.S.-led invasion...


The Sextants of Beijing: Global Currents in Chinese History

by Joanna Waley-Cohen

This powerful work puts to rest the long-held myth that Chinese civilization is monolithic, unchanging, and perennially cut off from the rest of the world.An inviting history of China from the days of the ancient...


Southeast Asia: Past and Present

by D R SarDesai

A balanced, accessible, and authoritative account of the history of Southeast Asia from ancient to contemporary times


Calcutta: Two Years in the City

by Amit Chaudhuri

The award-winning author Amit Chaudhuri has been widely praised for the beauty and subtle power of his writing and for the ways in which he makes “place” as complex a character as his men and women. Now...


Tales of Old Japan

by A. B. Mitford

"One of the first and in many ways still one of the best books on Japan." —The Japan Times

First published in 1871, Tales of Old Japan has withstood the test of time and taken its place as one of the classic...


Trades and Crafts of Old Japan: Leaves from a Contemporary Album

by Eric Kaemmerer

This very rare series of Japanese paintings depicts everyday artisans in feudal Japan. Extensive commentary provides insight into the historical and cultural context of the scenes.

More than three centuries ago,...


Hermann Roesler and the Making of the Meiji State

by Johannes Siemes

That Imperial Japan closely resembled authoritarian Germany was no simple coincidence. This book explores the effect of German thought on nineteenth century Japan, focusing on Hermann Roesler—the most influential...


The Party and the Arty in China: The New Politics of Culture

by Richard Curt Kraus

Arguing that cultural reform is a key aspect of political reform, Richard Kraus shows here that China's economic transformation has dramatically liberated the production and consumption of culture. In this original...


When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order: Second Edition

by Martin Jacques

Greatly revised and expanded, with a new afterword, this update to Martin Jacques’s global bestseller is an essential guide to understanding a world increasingly shaped by Chinese power

Soon, China will rule...


The Bloodstained Throne

by Baburam Acharya & Madhav Acharya

To the palace by the sword Nepal, the land of Buddhism and misty mountains, is not a nation whose history one would expect to be filled with blood. And yet, the struggle to gain and keep the control over the...


10 Judgements That Changed India

by Zia Mody

Who was Shah Bano and why was her alimony pertinent to India’s Secularism? Does the fundamental right to life include the right to livelihood and shelter? Where there is the right to live, is there also the...


Sun Yat Sen and the birth of modern China: 20th Century China: Volume One

by Nick Shepley

As the increasingly powerless Qing Dynasty in 19th Century China struggled to defend itself from European, American and Japanese colonial control, and bloody civil wars and rebellions fought by an angry and...


An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions

by Jean Drèze & Amartya Sen

When India became independent in 1947 after two centuries of colonial rule, it immediately adopted a firmly democratic political system, with multiple parties, freedom of speech, and extensive political rights....


The Human Tradition in Modern China

by Kristin Stapleton, Kenneth J. Hammond & Daria Berg

Through compelling biographies of a wide range of historical figures, this engaging text presents a panorama of modern Chinese history that illustrates the great social and political changes that have occurred...


Historical Dictionary of Laos

by Martin Stuart-Fox

The third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Laos-through its chronology, introductory essay, appendixes, maps, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places,...


Historical Dictionary of Hong Kong Cinema

by Lisa Odham Stokes

Despite the industry being shutdown by two world wars, having its martial arts films dismissively labeled as 'chopsocky,' and operating on shoestring budgets, the films of Hong Kong have been praised and imitated...


Iga and Koka Ninja Skills: The Secret Shinobi Scrolls of Chikamatsu Shigenori

by Antony Cummins & Yoshie Minami

A retainer of our doman, Renpeido Chikamatsu Hikonoshin Shigenori, each morning washing his face and hands, dressed himself in Hakama and prayed in front of the kamidana alter… His prayer was thus: "Please...


Kohima: The Furthest Battle

by Leslie Edwards

By the end of 1943 the Japanese had occupied most of South-East Asia. On 6 March 1944, the first units of the Japanese 15 Army crossed the inhospitable border of what was then Burma, and invaded India. At the...


The Mystique of Transmission: On an Early Chan History and Its Contexts

by Wendi Adamek

The Mystique of Transmission is a close reading of a late-eighth-century Chan/Zen Buddhist hagiographical work, the Lidai fabao ji ( Record of the Dharma-Jewel Through the Generations), and is its first English...