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  • Political Change in Southeast Asiaby Jacques Bertrand

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 24.00

    A powerful new survey of political change in Southeast Asia, exploring why some countries have become democratic while others remain authoritarian. more...

  • Rationalizing Koreaby Kyung Moon Hwang

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 34.95

    The first book to explore the institutional, ideological, and conceptual development of the modern state on the peninsula, Rationalizing Korea analyzes the state?s relationship to five social sectors, each through a distinctive interpretive theme: economy (developmentalism), religion (secularization), education (public schooling), population (registration),... more...

  • Religious Transformation in South Asiaby Christopher Harding

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 139.99

    In the last decades of the nineteenth century, urgent and unprecedented demands among oppressed peoples in colonial India drove what came to be called 'mass conversion movements' towards a range of Christian denominations, launching a revolution in South Asia's two thousand-year Christian history. For all the scale, drama, and lasting controversy... more...

  • Retirement of Revolutionaries in Chinaby Melanie Manion

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    In this book Melanie Manion analyzes the largest bloodless circulation of elites in history--the massive retirement of officials in the People's Republic of China. Beginning in 1978 and continuing through the 1980s, Chinese leaders in Beijing replaced millions of old cadres, including veterans of the communist revolution, with younger generations... more...

  • Rise of the Chinese Militray Powerby Ralph L. Powell

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 49.00

    A study of the growth of semi-personal Chinese armies and the rise of militarists to a position that permitted them to seize power upon the breakdown of the monarchic system. It traces the modernization of the land forces of the Chinese Empire and evaluates progress attained up to the establishment of the Republic in 1912. Ralph Powell is on leave... more...

  • The River of Lost Footstepsby Thant Myint-U

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 16.99

    For nearly two decades Western governments and a growing activist community have been frustrated in their attempts to bring about a freer and more democratic Burma?through sanctions and tourist boycotts?only to see an apparent slide toward even harsher dictatorship. But what do we really know about Burma and its history? And what can Burma's past... more...

  • The Roots of Asian Weavingby Eric Boudot; Chris Buckley

    Oxbow Books 2016; US$ 40.00

    This groundbreaking book documents the weaving traditions and textiles of one of Asia’s most ethnically diverse areas, placing them in a regional context. Based on more than a decade of firsthand study in the field, the authors record the traditions of Miao, Yao, Buyi, Dong, Zhuang, Maonan, Dai and Li weavers from Guizhou to Hainan Island. They... more...

  • Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Historyby Norman G. Owen

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 240.00

    The study of the history of Southeast Asia is still growing, evolving, deepening and changing as an academic field. Over the past few decades historians have added nuance to traditional topics such as Islam and nationalism, and created new ones, such as gender, globalization and the politics of memory. The Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History... more...

  • The Scramble for Chinaby Robert Bickers

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 27.18

    In the early nineteenth century China remained almost untouched by British and European powers - but as new technology started to change this balance, foreigners gathered like wolves around the weakening Qing Empire. Would the Chinese suffer the fate of much of the rest of the world, carved into pieces by Europeans? Or could they adapt rapidly enough... more...

  • Setting the Desert on Fireby James Barr

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 12.99

    It is 1916. The Allies are struggling in the Great War. The Ottoman Sultan calls for a pan-Islamic jihad against all non-Muslims except Germans. But Sharif Husein, ruler of the holy city of Mecca, is smarting under Turkish rule, fomenting Arab nationalism and lobbying the British to support him. It seems to the British a good idea secretly to encourage... more...