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Rural Transition in Azerbaijan

by Zvi Lerman & David Sedik

The book demonstrates that reform policies_including privatization of land and the shift from collective to individual farming_have a significant impact on agricultural growth, rural incomes, and poverty alleviation....


The Reluctant Combatant: Japan and the Second Sino-Japanese War

by Kitamura Minoru & Lin Si-Yun

The Reluctant Combatant offers proof that Japanese political leaders were reluctant to engage China in a full-scale conflict during the Second Sino-Japanese War. This book reveals that the Communists, the National...


A Change in Worlds on the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands: Politics, Economies, and Environments in Northern Sichuan

by Jack Patrick Hayes

This study of Sino-Tibetan northern Sichuan provides a framework for understanding changes in western China’s landscape and among its indigenous populations from late imperial to contemporary times. It highlights...


Killing the Cranes: A Reporter's Journey through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan

by Edward Girardet

Few reporters have covered Afghanistan as intrepidly and humanely as Edward Girardet. Now, in a gripping, personal account, Girardet delivers a story of that nation's resistance fighters, foreign invaders, mercenaries,...


Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Historical Sources

by Scott C. Levi & Ron Sela

Islamic Central Asia is the first English-language anthology of primary documents for the study of Central Asian history. Scott C. Levi and Ron Sela draw from a vast array of historical sources to illustrate...


Everyday Life in Central Asia: Past and Present

by Jeff Sahadeo & Russell Zanca

For its citizens, contemporary Central Asia is a land of great promise and peril. While the end of Soviet rule has opened new opportunities for social mobility and cultural expression, political and economic...


Douglas MacArthur: Statecraft and Stagecraft in America's East Asian Policy

by Russell D. Buhite

Buhite offers a trenchant evaluation of Douglas MacArthur's career in East Asia and his role in some of the most important military and diplomatic issues of the twentieth century. Concise and highly readable,...


Old Stories Retold: Narrative and Vanishing Pasts in Modern China

by Andrew G. Stuckey

Old Stories Retold delves into intertextual resonances cultivated with traditional literature in modern Chinese fiction from both the mainland and Taiwan. These resonances develop alternative historical sensibilities...


Meetings with Remarkable Men

by G. I. Gurdjieff

These are the memoirs of the great mystic and teacher who inspired a generation of disciples and followers before, during and briefing after the Second World War. In Meetings With Remarkable Men Gurdjieff introduces...


Across Mongolian Plains

by Roy Chapman Andrews

Roy Chapman Andrews as American explorer, adventurer and naturalist, who was the director of the American Museum of Natural History, wrote in a popular style for a general audience about his adventures to...


Orientalism

by Anonymous

This article, "Orientalism," from the June 1853 issue of The Knickerbocker magazine, is an indepth discussion of the impact of Western civilization and technological innovation on areas of the Orient previously...


America and the China Loan

by Frederick McCormick

American journalist Frederick McCormick, in this article, "America and the China Loan," originally published in the 1911 issue of Scribner's magazine, describes a financial crisis in China in about 1910, when...


The Mongols

by Jeremiah Curtin

The Mongols erupted out of Central Asia in 1206 and soon controlled an empire stretching from Poland to Korea; although remembered as a destructive force, they united a great part of the world under one rule,...


Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan

by Kamoludin Abdullaev & Shahram Akbarzaheh

The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan chronicles this country through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important...


Labrang Monastery: A Tibetan Buddhist Community on the Inner Asian Borderlands, 1709-1958

by Paul Kocot Nietupski

This book is a social and political history of Labrang Monastery, located in Tibet's Amdo and China's Gansu Province. It includes a study of the religious heritage of the region and its interactions with surrounding...


Agricultural Sustainability and Environmental Change at Ancient Gordion

by John M. Marston

This book publishes the results of 220 botanical samples from the 1993-2002 Gordion excavations directed by Mary Voigt. Together with Naomi Miller's 2010 volume (Gordion Special Studies 5), this book completes...


Buddhists, Shamans, and Soviets

by Justine Buck Quijada

History in the Soviet Union was a political project. From the Soviet perspective, Buryats, an indigenous Siberian ethnic group, were a "backwards" nationality that was carried along on the inexorable march towards...


Envisioning a Tibetan Luminary

by William M. Gorvine

Envisioning a Tibetan Luminary examines the religious biography of Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen (1859-1934), the most significant modern figure representing the Tibetan Bön religion-a vital minority tradition that...


The Dialectics of Post-Soviet Modernity and the Changing Contours of Islamic Discourse in Azerbaijan

by Murad Ismayilov

Azerbaijan’s independence came after seven decades of militant atheism of Soviet modernization project and emerged into staunch secularism of Western modernity, two factors that, on a par with the country’s...


State-Building in Kazakhstan

by Dina Sharipova

This book challenges the conventional wisdom that informal institutions—networks, clientelism, and connections—have to disappear in modern societies due to liberalization of the economy, rapid urbanization,...