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  • City of Heavenly Tranquillityby Jasper Becker

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 17.58

    The great city of Beijing, capital of China from the ninth century, and given its form for five hundred years by the Ming Dynasty, was for a millennium one of the most extraordinary places on earth. At a time when London, Paris, or Rome had only several hundred thousand residents, Beijing held over a million. This book tells the history of this great... more...

  • Tinderboxby M.J. Akbar

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 14.99

    ?Among many recent books on Pakistan, Mr. Akbar?s stands out?.A fine and detailed history of Indian Muslim anger and insecurity.? ? The Economist In Tinderbox , India?s leading journalist delivers a fascinating narrative history of Pakistan, chronicling the conflict between Muslim and Hindu cultures in South Asia and describing the role that their... more...

  • Via Portsby Alexander Grantham

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2012; US$ 25.00

    Sir Alexander Grantham was Governor of Hong Kong from 1947 to 1957, one of the most dramatic decades in the city’s history. This was a time of rapid reconstruction after World War II and growing prosperity. But civil war and revolution in China posed new challenges to the precarious British colony and tested Grantham’s skills as a diplomat.... more...

  • Land of Two Riversby Nitish Sengupta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 20.38

    Land of Two Rivers chronicles the story of one of the most fascinating and influential regions in the Indian subcontinent. The confluence of two major river systems, Ganga and Brahmaputra, created the delta of Bengal?an ancient land known as a centre of trade, learning and the arts from the days of the Mahabharata and through the ancient dynasties.... more...

  • The First Springby Abraham Eraly

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 49.30

    The history of classical India is a huge and complex maze with many snares to entrap the explorer. Much of it is so thickly encrusted with myths that it is often difficult to separate facts from fables. Undaunted by this prospect Abraham Eraly unfolds, in First Spring, a profoundly illuminating panorama of an age that flowered luxuriantly before its... more...

  • Human Adaptation in the Asian Palaeolithicby Ryan J. Rabett

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 100.00

    This book examines the first human colonization of Asia and particularly the tropical environments of Southeast Asia during the Upper Pleistocene. more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Tajikistanby Kamoludin Abdullaev; Shahram Akbarzaheh

    Scarecrow Press 2010; US$ 124.99

    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 persons, places, events, and institutions, as well as significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects. more...

  • A History of Koreaby Jinwung Kim

    Indiana University Press 2012; US$ 42.99

    Contemporary North and South Korea are nations of radical contrasts: one a bellicose totalitarian state with a failing economy; the other a peaceful democracy with a strong economy. Yet their people share a common history that extends back more than 3,000 years. In this comprehensive new history of Korea from the prehistoric era to the present day,... more...

  • The A to Z of the Chinese Cultural Revolutionby Guo Jian; Yongyi Song; Yuan Zhou

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 36.99

    The Cultural Revolution in the People's Republic of China started in 1966 and lasted about a decade. This revolutionary upsurge of Chinese students and workers, led by Mao Zedong, wreaked havoc in the world's most populous country, often turning things upside down and undermining the party, government, and army while simultaneously weakening the economy,... more...

  • The A to Z of Malaysiaby Ooi Keat Gin

    Scarecrow Press 2010; US$ 36.99

    The A to Z of Malaysia encapsulates the development of Malaysia from prehistory to the early years of the 21st century. It covers not only Malaysia's history but also its politics, economy, multiethnic society, multiculturalism, scientific and technological developments, and the state of its environment. A host of contemporary issues and challenges... more...