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Derailing Democracy in Afghanistan: Elections in an Unstable Political Landscape

by Noah Coburn & Anna Larson

This volume shows how Afghani elections since 2004 have threatened to derail the country’s fledgling democracy. Examining presidential, parliamentary, and provincial council elections and conducting interviews...


The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan

by Adam Clulow

The Dutch East India Company was a unique, hybrid organization acting as both company and state, aggressively intervening in Asian political matters in which it had no place. This study focuses on the company’s...


Under Siege: P.L.O. Decisionmaking During the 1982 War

by Rashid Khalidi

A fascinating and often terrifying firsthand account of the 1982 war in Lebanon, Under Siege vividly reveals the complex negotiations and military maneuvers which ended with the evacuation of the P.L.O. from...


The Tale of Genji: Translation, Canonization, and World Literature

by Michael Emmerich

Ambitious and engrossing, this volume thoroughly revises the conventional narrative of The Tale of Genji’s early modern and modern history, arguing that until the 1930s readers were less familiar with the...


Security and Profit in China's Energy Policy: Hedging Against Risk

by Oystein Tunsjo

China has developed sophisticated hedging strategies for managing the international petroleum market, maintaining a favorable energy mix, pursuing overseas equity oil production, building a state-owned tanker...


Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare

by Robert Egnell, David H. Ucko & Colin Gray

The British military confronted significant challenges during the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Adhering to the principles and doctrines of previous campaigns, they failed to prevent Basra and Helmand from...


China's Uncertain Future

by Jean-Luc Domenach & George Holoch

Based on his experience as a scholar and diplomat stationed in China, Jean-Luc Domenach consults a wealth of archival and recent materials to examine China’s contemporary and future place in the world. A sympathetic...


George Gallup in Hollywood

by Susan Ohmer

George Gallup in Hollywood is a fascinating look at the film industry's use of opinion polling in the 1930s and '40s. George Gallup's polling techniques first achieved fame when he accurately predicted that...


Writing the Mughal World

by Muzaffar Alam & Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Two leading historians of early modern South Asia present nine major joint essays on the Mughal Empire, framed by an important introductory reflection. Stretching from the mid-sixteenth to the early nineteenth...


Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture

by John Bowman

With more than thirty chronologies covering the nations of East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia, the Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture contains more information on Asian history than any...


Judaism in America

by Marc Lee Raphael

Jews have been a religious and cultural presence in America since the colonial era, and the community of Jews in the United States today—some six million people—continues to make a significant contribution...


Mobile Modernity: Germans, Jews, Trains

by Todd S Presner

Though the history of the German railway system is often associated with the transportation of Jews to labor and death camps, Todd Presner looks instead to the completion of the first German railway lines and...


American Pests: The Losing War on Insects from Colonial Times to DDT

by James E. McWilliams

The world of insects is one we only dimly understand. Yet from using arsenic, cobalt, and quicksilver to kill household infiltrators to employing the sophisticated tools of the Orkin Man, Americans have fought...


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...


The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament

by Wael B. Hallaq

Wael B. Hallaq boldly argues that the “Islamic state,” judged by any standard definition of what the modern state represents, is both an impossible and inherently self-contradictory concept. Comparing the...


The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity

by George Vigarello & C. Jon Delogu

One of the world’s top historians of the body, Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to today, paying particular attention to the role of science,...


Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader

by Shu-mei Shih

This definitive anthology casts Sinophone studies as the study of Sinitic-language cultures born of colonial and postcolonial influences. Its transnational and comparative essays by such authors as Rey Chow,...


The Great Kanto Earthquake and the Chimera of National Reconstruction in Japan

by J. Charles Schenking

In September 1923, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake and subsequent firestorms devastated nearly half of Japan’s capital, killing more than 120,000 people and leaving two million homeless. Using a rich array of source...


One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the 21st Century

by Nancy Foner

In this absorbing anthology, in-depth portraits of diverse ethnic populations, including the Chinese, Dominicans, Jamaicans, Koreans, Liberians, Mexicans, and Jews from the former Soviet Union reveal surprising...


Global Intellectual History

by Samuel Moyn & Andrew Sartori

Where do ideas fit in historical accounts that take an expansive, global view of human movements and events? Teaching intellectual history scholars to incorporate transnational perspectives into their work,...