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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 […]