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Rural Transition in Azerbaijan

by Zvi Lerman

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....


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 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...


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...


Afghanistan, Pakistan and Strategic Change: Adjusting Western Regional Policy

by Joachim Krause & IV, Charles King Mallory

The region encompassing Afghanistan and Pakistan (Af/Pak region) is undergoing a fundamental strategic change. This book analyses the nature of this strategic change, in ordre to seek possible future scenarios...


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,...


A Voluntary Exile: Chinese Christianity and Cultural Confluence since 1552

by Anthony E. Clark

Western missionaries in China often considered themselves “voluntary exiles” in a distant land, while Chinese considered Christians either the demons of imperialism or the angels of modernization. This collection...


One Nation Under God: A Factual History of America's Religious Heritage

by Leon G Stevens

One Nation Under God follows the spiritual direction of our country from the time the Puritans landed in the new world up to today. Our loss of faith in God and how that loss has impacted our society is profiled....


Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane

by S. Frederick Starr

In this sweeping and richly illustrated history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia's medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments...


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,...


Restless Valley

by Philip Shishkin

It sounds like the stuff of a fiction thriller: two revolutions, a massacre of unarmed civilians, a civil war, a drug-smuggling highway, brazen corruption schemes, contract hits, and larger-than-life characters...


Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, and the Unearthing of the World's Oldest Printed Book

by Joyce Morgan & Conrad Walters

A literary thriller-meets-travel adventure-meets-popular history rife with a fascinating cast of characters that includes a misfit explorer named Aurel Stein, a cunning abbot, and a fox terrier named Dash the...


Stable Outside, Fragile Inside?: Post-Soviet Statehood in Central Asia

by Emilian Kavalski

In the wake of Soviet disintegration, Central Asia became an idiom for the ensuing confusion in the post-Cold War climate of international affairs, characterized by inter-state order and intra-state anarchy....


Christianity and Islam Under the Sultans, Volume II

by Frederick William Hasluck

Originally published in 1929, Hasluck's study examines the religious-social changes wrought by the imposition of Islam over Christianity in Asia Minor. This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's...


No Lack of Courage: Operation Medusa, Afghanistan

by Bernd Horn & R.J. Hillier

No Lack of Courage is the story of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Operation Medusa, the largely Canadian action in Afghanistan from 1 to 17 September 2006, to dislodge a heavily entrenched Taliban...


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...


Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China

by Gray Tuttle

Over the past century and with varying degrees of success, China has tried to integrate Tibet into the modern Chinese nation-state. In this groundbreaking work, Gray Tuttle reveals the surprising role Buddhism...