Asian History

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  1. Book ImageThe China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947

    Daniel Kurtz-Phelan

    An Economist Best Book of 2018
    New York Times Book Review Editor’s Pick

    “Gripping [and] splendid.… An enormous contribution to our understanding of Marshall.”—Washington PostMore

  2. Book ImageEmpress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

    Ruby Lal

    A Finalist for the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History

    Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire.More

  3. Book ImageFarthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War

    Raghu Karnad

    “I have not lately read a finer book than this—on any subject at all. . . . A masterpiece.” —Simon Winchester, New StatesmanMore

  4. Book ImageThe China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power

    Thomas J. Christensen

    “A standout . . . a balanced, informative, and highly intelligent guide to dealing with China.”—Fareed ZakariaMore

  5. Book ImageDaughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

    Janice P. Nimura

    "Nimura paints history in cinematic strokes and brings a forgotten story to vivid, unforgettable life." —Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a GeishaMore

  6. Book ImageThe End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young

    Somini Sengupta

    A penetrating, personal look at contemporary India—the world’s largest democracy at a moment of transition.More

  7. Book ImageStars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom

    Lucia Jang, Susan McClelland

    An extraordinary memoir by a North Korean woman who defied the government to keep her family alive.More

  8. 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

  9. Book ImageBrothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea

    Sheila Miyoshi Jager

    "The most balanced and comprehensive account of the Korean War." —The EconomistMore

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Book ImageThe Search for Modern China

    Jonathan D. Spence

    Third Edition

    The leading textbook by the leading scholar.More

  14. Book ImagePacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942

    Ian W. Toll

    Winner of the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction

    "Both a serious work of history…and a marvelously readable dramatic narrative." —San Francisco ChronicleMore

  15. Book ImageWhen America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail

    Eric Jay Dolin

    Ancient China collides with newfangled America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships.More

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