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Were We the Enemy?: American Survivors of Hiroshima

Rinjiro Sodei

First Edition • March 31, 2000 • 208 pages

Print: $40.00 USD/$51.50 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$28.99 CAD

In August 1945, the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What is hardly known is that 4,000 Nisei (Japanese Americans), the sons and daughters of Japanese immigrants who had been sent back to Japan to be educated before World War II erupted, were caught in the Hiroshima…

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The Philippines: A Singular and Plural Place

David Joel Steinberg

Fourth Edition • March 31, 2000 • 288 pages

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A unified nation with a single people, the Philippines is also a highly fragmented, plural society. Divided between uplander and lowlander, rich and poor, Christian and Muslim, between those of one ethnic, linguistic, and geographic region and those of another, the nation is a complex mosaic formed by conflicting forces…

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The Dynamics of Foreign-Policy Decisionmaking in China

Ning Lu

Second Edition • March 1, 2000 • 240 pages

Print: $43.00 USD/$59.99 CAD

Lu Ning, former assistant to a vice-foreign minister of China, draws on archival materials, interviews, and personal experiences, to provide unique insights into the formal and informal structures, processes, mechanisms, and dynamics of—and key players in—foreign-policy decisionmaking in Beijing. Lu Ning sheds light on controversial decisions that were made, such…

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A Place in the Sun: Marxism and Fascism in China's Long Revolution

A. James Gregor

First Edition • March 24, 2000 • 248 pages

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China has endured a century of turmoil, beginning with the anti-dynastic revolution associated with Sun Yat-Sen, through the military and tutelary rule of Chiang Kai-shek, the revolutionary regime of Mao Zedong, and the radical reforms of Deng Xiaoping. China has had little respite. Historians and social scientists have attempted to…

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Macau: The Imaginary City

Jonathan Porter

First Edition • December 10, 1999 • 256 pages

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In this evocative essay on the cultural and social history of a unique and fragile city, Jonathan Porter examines Macau as an enduring but ever-changing threshold between two worlds, the West and China. Founded by the Portuguese in 1557, Macau emerged as a vibrant commercial and cultural hub in the…

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A Nation in Waiting: Indonesia’s Search for Stability

Adam Schwarz

Second Edition • December 1, 1999 • 552 pages

Print: $57.00 USD/$73.99 CAD • Ebook: $36.99 USD/$42.99 CAD

In A Nation in Waiting, Adam Schwarz spans a wide variety of issues of concern in today’s Indonesia, providing a detailed view of one of the world’s most populous, yet least-understood, nations. He chronicles the major economic and political changes recorded during former President Suharto’s thirty-one-year tenure, and the present…

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Fields, Forest, and Family: Women's Work and Power in Rural Laos

Carol Ireson

First Edition • November 5, 1999 • 312 pages

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After the Vietnam War, socialist governments ascended to power in all the countries of the former Indochina. In Laos, more than a decade of socialist reorganization was followed by economic liberalization in the late 1980s. Laotian women had traditionally sustained the household and local economy with their work in field,…

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Civil-military Relations: Building Democracy and Regional Security in Latin America, Southern Asia, and Central Europe

Edited by David R Mares

First Edition • November 1, 1999 • 288 pages

Print: $36.00 USD/$52.50 CAD

With the end of the Cold War the attention of policymakers, political activists, and academics has focused on the factors which promote democracy and regional peace. From both a theoretical and empirical perspective, the contributors to this volume examine the claim that civilian domination is the only form compatible with…

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Cooperation, Technology, and Japanese Development: Indigenous Knowledge, the Power of Networks, and the State

Donna L Doane

First Edition • May 1, 1999 • pages

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Japan is an example of what is known as a latecomer in industrial development. Drawing on case studies of computer and telecommunications and related firms, Donna Doane investigates how intra- and inter-industry cooperation between public and private enterprises pushed rapid technological advancement in Japan. The book places such interlinkage in…

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Pakistan: Fifty Years of Nationhood, Third Edition

Shahid Javed Burki

Third Edition • April 1, 1999 • 272 pages

Print: $46.00 USD/$59.99 CAD

Although it achieved independence in 1947, Pakistan still has not succeeded in integrating its diverse peoples into a nation — as its short yet turbulent history vividly demonstrates. The nation’s search for stability is traced in this revised and updated introduction to Pakistan’s political, economic, and social development. New chapters…

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