Political Rights in Post-Mao China (Merle Goldman)

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Political Rights in Post-Mao China (Merle Goldman)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-51-4. 80 pages. Paperback. “Political Rights in Post-Mao China” provides an engaging overview of political changes in China in the later decades of the twentieth century and early years of the twenty-first century, highlighting the growing rights consciousness movement among China’s citizens. Professor Goldman explains how demands for Party reform and the increasingly organized […]

Caste in India (Diane Mines)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-55-2. 108 pages. Paperback. “Diane Mines has produced a clear and compelling introduction to one of the world’s most complex and misunderstood social systems. This booklet offers an exhaustive overview of the anthropology and history of caste based on extensive reading and over two decades of ethnographic research in rural South India. It also […]

Global India ca 100 CE: South Asia in Early World History (Richard H. Davis)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-59-0. 90 pages. Paperback. “Richard Davis’ dismantling of the notion of an isolated India masterfully integrates evidence from texts, archaeology, art history and numismatics. The focus shifts elegantly from Rome to China, from entrepreneurial traders to pious monks, from Jataka tales to the Ramayana. For anyone who teaches Indian, Asian or world history, this […]

Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization (William M. Tsutsui)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-62-0. 96 pages. Paperback. Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization is the only concise overview of Japan’s phenomenal impact on world pop culture available in English. Surveying Japanese forms from anime (animation) and manga (comic books) to monster movies and Hello Kitty products, this volume is an accessible introduction to Japan’s pop creativity and its […]

Zen Past and Present (Eric Cunningham)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-64-4. 98 pages. Paperback. Zen Past and Present provides readers with a concise but comprehensive survey of the history of Zen Buddhism. Because it examines Zen from historical, religious, literary, artistic, and political standpoints, it is an ideal supplemental text for a wide variety of disciplines. Zen Past and Present covers the evolution of […]

Traditional China in Asian and World History (Tansen Sen and Victor Mair)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-65-1. 130 pages. Paperback. “Victor Mair and Tansen Sen have provided an account of China’s engagement with the Eurasian world around it that is succinct, accessible, and masterful. They demonstrate how—from their Neolithic origins through Zheng He’s fifteenth century voyages across maritime Asia—the Chinese were constantly interacting with their neighbors, through warfare, diplomacy, religious […]

Korea in World History (Donald N. Clark)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-66-8. 114 pages. Paperback. “Donald Clark does a masterful job of situating the entire sweep of Korean history in its global context thus belying the shop worn stereotype of Korea as a “hermit nation.” Clark uses his mastery of both medieval and modern history to vividly describe the often ignored contributions of this fascinating […]

Modern Chinese History (David Kenley)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-70-5. 110 pages. Paperback. “If, like me, you have been waiting for a stripped down and accessible introduction to China’s modern transformations, which hits all the main points in a small numbers of pages, your wait is over. This will be a very attractive volume for all teachers who want to make sure their […]

The Story of Viet Nam: From Prehistory to the Present (Shelton Woods)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-71-2. 118 pages. Paperback. “For those who are looking for a very well informed introduction to Việt Nam—from its semi-mythical beginnings some 5,000 years ago all the way up to the twenty-first century—this is the book. Covering politics and war, society and economics, culture and relationships, it provides the essential structure that both teachers […]

Confucius in East Asia (Jeffrey L. Richey)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-73-6. 118 pages. Paperback. “Jeff Richey has emerged as one of the most important scholars of Confucianism—both historical and contemporary—working today. This concise volume on Confucianism in East Asia provides an engaging overview of the influence the Sage has had across the region, from China and Korea to Japan and Vietnam. Richey presents Confucianism […]

East Asian Societies (W. Lawrence Neuman)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-74-3. 140 pages. Paperback. “So very many of us teach introductions to East Asia under different disciplines, including the Humanities, Sociology, Economics, History, and Religious Studies, but what makes this work so promising is its transferability across these lines of demarcation for the student engaged in her first serious study of the region. Neuman’s […]

Japan Since 1945 (Paul E. Dunscomb)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-75-0. 102 pages. Paperback. “Concisely rendered, engagingly written, and thoughtful in its judgments, this short book is a most valuable interpretation of Japan’s remarkable history since the end of World War II.” Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University “Surveys the dramatic changes in Japan’s society, politics, economy, international […]

Japanese Literature: From Murasaki to Murakami (Marvin Marcus)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-77-4. 132 pages. Paperback. “Japanese Literature: From Murasaki to Murakami” provides a concise introduction to the literature of Japan that traces its origins in the seventh century and explores a literary legacy—and its cultural contexts—marked by the intersection of aristocratic elegance and warrior austerity. Coverage extends to the present day with a focus on […]

Understanding East Asia’s Economic “Miracles” (Zhiqun Zhu)

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Revised and Expanded Second Edition (2016) ISBN: 978-0-924304-79-8. 112 pages. Paperback. “Concise yet comprehensive, Zhiqun Zhu’s booklet is the perfect introduction to the political economy of East Asia for undergraduate and advanced high school classes. Zhu’s analysis of the economic ‘miracles’ of Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan takes into account both domestic factors and […]

Japan and Imperialism, 1853-1945 (James L. Huffman)

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Revised and Expanded Second Edition ISBN: 978-0-924304-82-8. 108 pages. Paperback. This lively narrative tells the story of Japan’s experience with imperialism and colonialism, looking first at Japan’s responses to Western threats in the nineteenth century, then at Japan’s activities as Asia’s only imperialist power. Using a series of human vignettes as lenses, Japan and Imperialism […]

The Mongol Empire in World History (Helen Hundley)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-80-4. 130 pages. Paperback. “In a thoroughly comprehensive manner, Helen Hundley successfully demonstrates the complex legacy of the Mongol presence in medieval history, when Mongol warriors created a vast political organism facilitating interethnic and intercontinental economic and cultural exchange. Hundley offers the reader not only insight into the political organization of the diverse Mongol […]

Chinese Literature: An Introduction (Ihor Pidhainy)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-83-5. 144 pages. Paperback. In this brief yet thorough introduction to the key features and important names of Chinese literature, Ihor Pidhainy covers Chinese writings from oracle bones to the internet. Contextualizing the literature within political, historical and cultural frames, Prof. Pidhainy also provides a smorgasbord of examples from the authors noted. Written with […]

The Philippines: From Earliest Times to the Present (Damon L. Woods)

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ISBN: 978-0-924-30486-6. 130 pages. Paperback. “The Philippines: From Earliest Times to the Present provides a strong introduction to Philippine history. Important cultural, social, and political issues are threaded together through Damon Wood’s deft writing with just the right amount of detail. Students will appreciate the concise and clear nature of the writing, making the history […]

Indonesia: History, Heritage, Culture (Kathleen M. Adams)

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ISBN: 978-0-924-304-89-7. 132 pages. Paperback. Indonesia: History, Heritage, Culture offers a concise, engaging introduction to the historical, political and cultural dynamics of Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation and home to the world’s largest and most diverse Muslim population. Interweaving brief, anthropologically-informed stories of aspects of everyday life in Indonesia with broader historical accounts […]

Gender, Sexuality, and Body Politics in Modern Asia (Michael Peletz)

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Revised and Expanded Second Edition ISBN: 978-0-924304-81-1. 142 pages. Paperback. “Gender, Sexuality, and Body Politics in Modern Asia” addresses topics of importance for students and scholars of multiple disciplines—including anthropology, sociology, gender studies, Asian studies, religion, geography, political science, and history. This engagingly written booklet—designed for use in undergraduate humanities and social science courses—has great […]