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Japan 1868-1945: From Isolation to Occupation

by John Benson & Takao Matsumura

 The history of Imperial Japan, from the Meiji Restoration through to defeat and occupation at the end of the Second World War, is central to any understanding of the way in which modern Japan has developed...


Modern Japan: A Social History Since 1868

by J. E. Thomas

J E Thomas examines the historical roots of Japanese social structures and preoccupations and he sets these within the broad chronological framework of Japan's political and military development. The book can...


The Mind of Empire

by Christopher Ford

With an economy and population that dwarf most industrialized nations, China is emerging as a twenty-first-century global superpower. Even though China is an international leader in modern business and technology,...


India and South Asia: A Short History

by David Ludden

Combining factual information with a critical approach, which probes the nature of culture and identity, this concise yet authoritative account paints a graphic picture of an area stretching from the Indian...


Japan: A Short History

by Mikiso Hane

What is a shogun? Who were the samurai and what is the warrior code? What lies behind the Japanese work ethic? From the ancient tea ceremony to the boom and subsequent downturn of its economic prosperity, this...


A History of the Modern Chinese Army

by Xiaobing Li

Xiaobing Li's comprehensive examination of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) offers new insights into the military's central place in modern Chinese society. A History of the Modern Chinese Army goes beyond...


Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite

by Suki Kim

A haunting memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign

 

Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing...


The China Diary of George H. W. Bush: The Making of a Global President

by Jeffrey A. Engel & George H. W. Bush

Available in print for the first time, this day-by-day diary of George H. W. Bush's life in China opens a fascinating window into one of the most formative periods of his career. As head of the United States...


Der Lange Türkenkrieg (1593-1606) Vol. I

by Bruno Mugnai & Christopher Flaherty

After more than half-a-century of wars in Hungary, the conflict between the Habsburgs and the Sublime Porte explodes in 1593, after a series of border incidents. The confrontation was soon regarded as crucial...


The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream

by Dan Washburn

In China, just because something is banned, doesn't mean it can't boom... Statistically, zero percent of the Chinese population plays golf, still known as the "rich man’s game" and considered taboo. Yet China...


The Great Wall: The Extraordinary Story of China's Wonder of the World

by John Man

It is a wonder of the world. Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists journey to the Great Wall of China, and a myriad of photographs have made it familiar to millions more. Yet its story remains mysterious...


Japan and the Wider World: From the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present

by Akira Iriye

Akira Iriye assesses Japan's international relations, from a Japanese perspective, in the century and a half since she ended her self-imposed isolation and resumed her place in the international community. The...


Medieval Persia 1040-1797

by David Morgan

The medieval period of Persia's remarkably continuous, history began with its conquest by the Muslim Arabs in the seventh century AD and gave way to the modern period at the end of the eighteenth century when...


The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi

by Makarand R. Paranjape

Who is responsible for the Mahatma's death? Just one single, but determined, fanatic, the whole ideology of Hindu nationalism, the ruling Congress-led government whichfailed to protect him, or a vast majority...


The Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds

by Jonathan D. Spence

"Like everything else written by Jonathan Spence, The Chan's Great Continent is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in China. Spence is one of the greatest Sinologists of our time, and his work is both...


Government and Society in Afghanistan: The Reign of Amir 'Abd Al-Rahman Khan

by Hasan Kawun Kakar

This is an authoritative study of the administrative, social, and economic structure of Afghanistan during a decisive stage in its history. The period covered-the reign of the "Iron" Amir Rahman Khan-was in...


The Bullet and the Ballot Box: The Story of Nepal's Maoist Revolution

by Aditya Adhikari

The Bullet and the Ballot Box offers a rich and sweeping account of a decade of revolutionary upheaval. When Nepal’s Maoists launched their armed rebellion in the nineties, they had limited public support...


Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition

by B.R. Ambedkar, Arundhati Roy & S. Anand

“What the Communist Manifesto is to the capitalist world, Annihilation of Caste is to India.” —Anand Teltumbde, author of The Persistence of Caste

B.R. Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste is one of the...


Configurations of Family in Contemporary Japan

by Tomoko Aoyama, Laura Dales & Romit Dasgupta

The middle-class nuclear family model has long dominated discourses on family in Japan. Yet there have always been multiple configurations of family and kinship, which, in the context of significant socio-economic...


The Pacific War: Aftermaths, Remembrance and Culture

by Christina Twomey & Ernest Koh

The Pacific War is an umbrella term that refers collectively to a disparate set of wars, however, this book presents a strong case for considering this assemblage of conflicts as a collective, singular war....