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Taiwan: Nation-State or Province?

John F. Copper

Sixth Edition • December 4, 2012 • 288 pages

Print: $38.00 USD/$49.50 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$25.99 CAD

In this newly revised and updated edition of Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? John F. Copper examines Taiwan’s geography and history, society and culture, economy, political system, and foreign and security policies in the context of Taiwan’s uncertain political status as either a sovereign nation or a province of the People’s…

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Modern Japan: A Historical Survey

Mikiso Hane, Louis G. Perez

Fifth Edition • July 1, 2012 • 608 pages

Print: $52.00 USD/$58.99 CAD • Ebook: $33.99 USD/$39.99 CAD

Student Economy Edition available. Integrating political events with cultural, economic, and intellectual movements, Modern Japan provides a balanced and authoritative survey of modern Japanese history. A summary of Japan’s early history, emphasizing institutions and systems that influenced Japanese society, provides a well-rounded introduction to this essential volume, which focuses on…

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Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850

Edited by Karl F. Friday

First Edition • March 1, 2012 • 496 pages

Print: $52.00 USD/$67.50 CAD • Ebook: $33.99 USD/$33.99 CAD

Japan Emerging provides a comprehensive survey of Japan from prehistory to the nineteenth century. Incorporating the latest scholarship and methodology, leading authorities writing specifically for this volume outline and explore the main developments in Japanese life through ancient, classical, medieval, and early modern periods. Instead of relying solely on lists…

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A History of Cambodia

David Chandler

Fourth Edition • March 1, 2009 • 304 pages

Print: $45.00 USD/$74.99 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$28.99 CAD

In this clear and concise volume, author David Chandler provides a timely overview of Cambodia, a small but increasingly visible Southeast Asian nation. Praised by the Journal of Asian Studies as an “original contribution, superior to any other existing work,” this acclaimed text has now been completely revised and updated…

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India: The Definitive History

D. R. SarDesai

First Edition • August 1, 2007 • 512 pages

Print: $65.00 USD/$53.99 CAD • Ebook: $39.99 USD/$45.99 CAD

For several years now, India has been receiving considerable global attention thanks to its spectacular economic growth at over seven percent for a decade. Along with China, these two ancient civilizations, responsible for one-third of the human race, are poised to become the third and fourth largest economies in the…

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Vietnam: Past and Present

D.R. SarDesai

Fourth Edition • January 14, 2005 • 288 pages

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Recent U.S. military interventions in Kosovo and Iraq have stirred public memories of the long and costly Vietnam conflict. Scholars and strategists, military leaders and media continue to raise questions such as what motivated the Vietnamese to wage a protracted conflict first against the French and later against the Americans…

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The Lao: Gender, Power, and Livelihood

Carol Ireson-Doolittle; Geraldine Moreno-Black

First Edition • September 1, 2003 • 208 pages

Print: $36.00 USD/$77.50 CAD • Ebook: $22.99 USD/$26.99 CAD

The Lao discusses culture and village life in Laos, exploring topics of kinship and family, gender relations, households, religion, livelihood strategies, and ethnicity. In particular, the effects of recent development projects on the relative power of men and women in rural Lao society, and the responses of women to those…

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Mr. China’s Son: A Villager’s Life

Liyi He; Claire Anne Chik

Second Edition • July 1, 2002 • 336 pages

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      He Liyi belongs to one of China’s minorities, the Bai, and he lives in a remote area of northwestern Yunnan Province. In 1979, his wife sold her fattest pig to buy him a shortwave radio. He spent every spare moment listening to the BBC and VOA in…

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Alternate Civilities: Democracy and Culture in China and Taiwan

Robert Paul Weller

First Edition • April 1, 2001 • 188 pages

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Some Asian political leaders and Western academics have recently claimed that China is unlikely to produce an open political system. This claim rests on the idea that Confucian culture provides an alternative to Western civil values, and that China lacked the democratic traditions and even the horizontal institutions of trust…

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What’s a Peasant To Do? Village Becoming Town in Southern China

Greg Guldin

First Edition • January 1, 2001 • 272 pages

Print: $42.00 USD/$49.99 CAD

Since China entered the post-Mao Reform Era in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Chinese economy has taken off as few economies ever have. Labor migration, rural enterprises, rising production, and globalization have all combined to end the isolation of the Chinese countryside. Yet although China’s unsurpassed economic boom…

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