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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...


Fantasy Islands: Chinese Dreams and Ecological Fears in an Age of Climate Crisis

by Julie Sze

The rise of China and its status as a leading global factory are altering the way people live and consume. At the same time, the world appears wary of the real costs involved. Fantasy Islands probes Chinese,...


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....


Tourism in China: Destination, Cultures and Communities

by Chris Ryan & Gu Huimin

China is forecast to be the primary tourist destination and tourist-generating country by 2020. However, much of the writing on tourism in China has come from people within the English academic world who are...


Will the Boat Sink the Water?: The Life of China's Peasants

by Chen Guidi & Wu Chuntao

A prize-winning investigative exposé of the poverty and injustice experienced by China's 900 million peasants, told through a series of dramatic personal narratives.


A Brave New China. The big Change

by Francesco Sisci

How the Chinese look at themselves, the world, and the challenges of the future. Where is China, What is China: Where are the traditional pigtails of the old mandarins, the Mao’s bicycles and his suits? Where...


Akbar

by Andre Wink

Widely regarded as the greatest of the Mughal emperors, Jalal ad-Din Akbar (1542-1603) was a formidable military tactician and popular demagogue. Ascending to the throne at the age of thirteen, he ruled for...


The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters

by Gustav Heldt

Written in the early eighth century, the Kojiki is considered Japan’s first literary and historical work. A compilation of myths, legends, songs, and genealogies, it recounts the birth of Japan’s islands,...


Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

by Beverley Foulks McGuire

Ouyi Zhixu (1599–1655) was an eminent Chinese Buddhist monk who, contrary to his contemporaries, believed karma could be changed. Through vows, divination, repentance rituals, and ascetic acts such as burning...


The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War

by David L. Anderson

More than a quarter of a century after the last Marine Corps Huey left the American embassy in Saigon, the lessons and legacies of the most divisive war in twentieth-century American history are as hotly debated...


On China

by Henry Kissinger

"Fascinating, shrewd . . . The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns of Chinese history." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

In this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first...


The Imperial Japanese Army: The Invincible Years 1941-42

by Bill Yenne

The German blitzkrieg stunned the world in 1939-1940, and so too did the Japanese "blitzkrieg" of 1941-1942 in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaya, and Burma. However, the remarkable Japanese land offensive involving...