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The Central Asian Arabs of Afghanistan: Pastoral Nomadism in Transition

by Thomas J. Barfield

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 focused international attention on this country for the first time in nearly a century. The need for reliable information has only become been greater. Because of their...


The Heart of Japan: Glimpses of Life and Nature Far from the Travellers' Track in the Land of the Rising Sun: Glimpses of Life and Nature

by Brownell Clarence Ludlow

This collection of commentaries and reflections on Japanese culture, first published in 1904, was written shortly after the return of two English aristocrats from five years spent immersed in the 'Land of the...


Between Love and Freedom: The Revolutionary in the Hindi Novel: The Revolutionary in the Hindi Novel

by Nikhil Govind

Between Love and Freedom interprets the figure of the revolutionary in the Hindi novel by establishing its lineage in representative Bengali novels, as well as in the contending moralities of Mahatma Gandhi...


Vidyasagar: The Life and After-Life of an Eminent Indian: The Life and After-Life of an Eminent Indian

by Brian A. Hatcher

This book offers a new interpretation of the life and legacy of the Indian reformer and intellectual, Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar (1820-91).

Drawing upon autobiography, biography, secondary criticism and a range...


The Return of the Buddha: Ancient Symbols for a New Nation: Ancient Symbols for a New Nation

by Himanshu Prabha Ray

The Return of the Buddha traces the development of Buddhist archaeology in colonial India, examines its impact on the reconstruction of India's Buddhist past, and the making of a public and academic discourse...


Medical Technology in Japan: The Politics of Regulation

by Christa Altenstetter

Compared to its American and European counterparts, Japan lags in adopting innovative medical devices and making new treatments and procedures available to its patients. Christa Altenstetter examines the...


Warrior Origins: The Historical and Legendary Links Between Bodhidharma, Shaolin Kung-Fu, Karate and Ninjutsu

by Hutan Ashrafian

The book considers the universal question posed by both martial artists and practitioners of eastern religions regarding the origins of each style or school. It delineates the ancestries of the most famous and...


Spells: Tracing the Evolution of Esoteric Buddhist Rituals

by Koichi Shinohara

Koichi Shinohara traces the evolution of Esoteric Buddhist rituals from the simple recitation of spells in the fifth century to complex systems involving image worship, mandala initiation, and visualization...


The Origins of the Korean War: Second Edition

by Peter Lowe

The impressive Second Edition of this standard study incorporates important new evidence on the origins of the war from Chinese and Russian archives. It reveals that Stalin encouraged the attack on South Korea,...


The Transformation of the International Order of Asia: Decolonization, the Cold War, and the Colombo Plan

by Shigeru Akita, Gerold Krozewski & Shoichi Watanabe

In Asia the 1950s were dominated by political decolonization and the emergence of the Cold War system, and newly independent countries were able to utilize the transformed balance of power for their own economic...


Reviving Ancient Chinese Mathematics: Mathematics, History and Politics in the Work of Wu Wen-Tsun

by Jiri Hudecek

Twentieth-century China has been caught between a desire to increase its wealth and power in line with other advanced nations, which, by implication, means copying their institutions, practices and values, whilst...


Heritage Conservation and Japan's Cultural Diplomacy: Heritage, National Identity and National Interest

by Natsuko Akagawa

Japan's heritage conservation policy and practice, as deployed through its foreign aid programs, has become one of the main means through which post-World War II Japan has sought to mark its presence in the...


Pirate Outrages: True Stories of Terror on the China Seas

by Douglas R. G. Sellick

Derived from firsthand accounts, newspapers, journals, letters, and telegrams, this daunting compilation divulges authentic piracy stories from the 19th and 20th centuries. Part history, part true crime, this...


The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem

by Ethan Gutmann

The inside story of China's organ transplant business and its macabre connection with internment camps and killing fields for arrested dissidents, especially the adherents of Falun Gong.

Mass murder is alive...


The Arab Lands under Ottoman Rule: 1516-1800

by Jane Hathaway & Karl Barbir

In this seminal study, Jane Hathaway presents a wide-ranging reassessment of the effects of Ottoman rule on the Arab Lands of Egypt, Greater Syria, Iraq and Yemen - the first of its kind in over forty years....


Modern Iran

by Ali Ansari

Today's Iran is rarely out of the headlines. Labelled by George W Bush as a part of his 'axis of evil' and perceived as a real nuclear threat by some, Iran is increasingly seen as an enemy of the West. And yet...


The Vietnam War: Revised 2nd Edition

by Mitchell K. Hall

The Vietnam War examines the conflict from its origins through to 1975 and North Vietnam’s victory.  This new revised edition is completely up-to-date with current academic debates and includes new source...


Growing Up in British Malaya and Singapore: A Time of Fireflies and Wild Guavas

by Maurice Baker

Growing Up in British Malaya and Singapore: A Time of Fireflies and Wild Guavas is an autobiography of Maurice Baker's life in Malaya and Singapore from the 1920s to the 1940s. His memoir extends from the earliest...


A Capitalist in North Korea: My Seven Years in the Hermit Kingdom

by Felix Abt

Business in North Korea: a paradoxical and fascinating situation is interpreted by a true insider.

In 2002, the Swiss power company ABB appointed Felix Abt its country director for North Korea. The Swiss Entrepreneur...


The Pariah Problem: Caste, Religion, and the Social in Modern India

by Rupa Viswanath

Once known as “Pariahs,” Dalits are primarily descendants of unfree agrarian laborers. They belong to India’s lowest castes, face overwhelming poverty and discrimination, and continue to be a source of...