Asian History

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  1. Book ImageDefining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945

    Ainslie T. Embree, Mark C. Carnes

    Part of the Reacting to the Past series, Defining a Nation plunges students into India’s struggle for sovereignty and identity.More

  2. Book ImageThe Open Empire: A History of China to 1800

    Valerie Hansen

    Second Edition

    An innovative approach to early Chinese history, now updated and expanded up to 1800.More

  3. Book ImageThe Bhagavad Gita

    Gavin Flood, Charles Martin

    “A true translation whose literary qualities make it stand out from the rest.”
    –Daniel Gold, Cornell University

    “Here’s a chance to rediscover The Bhagavad Gita in a translation that blends true scholarship with artistry.”
    Library Journal

  4. Book ImageThe Analects

    Confucius, Michael Nylan, Simon Leys

    “Leys has made Confucius speak English more persuasively than any translator to date. His achievement is one of simplicity. . . . Leys sees his task as making the Confucius of the Analects fully persuasive again. He does this brilliantly.”
    —Stephen Owen, The New Republic

  5. Book ImageConfucianism and the Succession Crisis of the Wanli Emperor, 1587

    Daniel K. Gardner, Mark C. Carnes

    Part of the Reacting to the Past series, Confucianism and the Succession Crisis of the Wanli Emperor brings to life the suppleness and power of Confucian thought.More

  6. Book ImageThe Search for Modern China: A Documentary Collection

    Janet Chen, Pei-kai Cheng, Michael Lestz, Et Al.

    Third Edition

    The most widely used primary-source reader for the modern China course, thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the new edition of Spence, The Search for Modern China.More

  7. Book ImageThe Search for Modern China

    Jonathan D. Spence

    Third Edition

    The leading textbook by the leading scholar.More

  8. Book ImageThe Mongols and Global History

    Morris Rossabi

    An accessible, documents-based introduction to the history of the Mongols.More

  9. Book ImageThe Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War

    Frederick Downs, Jr.

    “The best damned book from the point of view of the infantrymen who fought there.”—Army TimesMore

  10. Book ImageGoverning China: From Revolution to Reform

    Kenneth Lieberthal

    Second Edition

    Governing China: From Revolution to Reform, the leading text for courses on Chinese politics has been thoroughly revised and updated.More

  11. Book ImageJapan: A Modern History

    James L. McClain

    Japan: A Modern History provides a comprehensive narrative that integrates the political, social, cultural, and economic history of modern Japan from the investiture of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603 to the present.More

  12. Book ImageThe Search for Modern China

    Jonathan D. Spence

    "A remarkable achievement...vivid...fluent, graceful.... A publishing event."—Boston GlobeMore

  13. Book ImageWhen Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge

    Chanrithy Him

    Chanrithy Him felt compelled to tell of surviving life under the Khmer Rouge in a way "worthy of the suffering which I endured as a child."More

  14. Book ImageEmbracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

    John W. Dower

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the 1999 National Book Award for Nonfiction, finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Embracing Defeat is John W. Dower's brilliant examination of Japan in the immediate, shattering aftermath of World War II.More

  15. Book ImageThe Sextants of Beijing: Global Currents in Chinese History

    Joanna Waley-Cohen

    This powerful work puts to rest the long-held myth that Chinese civilization is monolithic, unchanging, and perennially cut off from the rest of the world.More

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