Asian Studies

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Brother Number One: A Political Biography Of Pol Pot

David P Chandler

First Edition • February 12, 1999 • pages

Print: $42.00 USD/$57.50 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$28.99 CAD

In the tragic recent history of Cambodia—a past scarred by a long occupation by Vietnamese forces and by the preceding three-year reign of terror by the brutal Khmer Rouge—no figure looms larger or more ominously than that of Pol Pot. As secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party…

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Asian Contagion: The Causes and Consequences of a Financial Crisis

Edited by Karl Jackson

First Edition • January 1, 1999 • 328 pages

Print: $49.00 USD/$56.50 CAD

For much of the second half of the twentieth century, the Asian economic miracle has fueled the greatest expansion of wealth for the largest population in the history of mankind. In the summer of 1997, thirty years of economic boom came crashing back to earth. The reality of unrestrained speculation,…

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Japanese Colonialism in Taiwan: Land Tenure, Development, and Dependency, 1895-1945

Chih-ming Ka

First Edition • October 6, 1998 • 256 pages

Print: $40.00 USD/$53.99 CAD

Exploring the dynamics of development and dependency, this book traces the experience of Taiwan under Japanese colonial rule. Chih-ming Ka shows how, unlike in other sugar-producing colonies, Taiwan was able to sustain its indigenous family farms and small-scale rice millers, who not only survived but thrived in competition with Japanese…

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The Bond Markets of Developing East Asia

Robert F Emery

First Edition • October 1, 1998 • 364 pages

Print: $43.00 USD/$49.50 CAD

Drawing on the most recent data available, this comprehensive book provides detailed descriptions and analysis of the bond markets in eight East Asian developing economies: Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Robert Emery devotes a full chapter to evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of…

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Bangladesh: From a Nation To a State

Craig Baxter

First Edition • October 1, 1998 • 192 pages

Print: $41.00 USD/$49.99 CAD

In 1996, Bangladesh celebrates its 25th anniversary. When the country became independent from Pakistan in 1971, it proclaimed itself a parliamentary democracy with four goals — democracy, secularism, socialism, and nationalism. This comprehensive introduction to Bangladesh’s history, polity, economy, and society reassesses its successes and failures in reaching these goals…

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Central Asia in Historical Perspective

Edited by Beatrice Manz

First Edition • October 1, 1998 • 256 pages

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Since the demise of Soviet power, the newly independent republics are redefining their identities and their relations with the world at large. In Central Asia, which lies at the crossroads of several cultures, the emerging trends are complex and ambiguous. In this volume, leading experts explore factors that have driven…

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Li Da and Marxist Philosophy in China

Nick Knight

First Edition • October 6, 1998 • 336 pages

Print: $45.00 USD/$53.99 CAD

Li Da (1890-1966) was one of China’s most important Marxist intellectuals and a founding member of the Chinese Communist Party. He played a major role in the introduction of Marxist philosophy and theory to China and in its dissemination among Chinese revolutionaries. His works are now regarded in China as…

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City States in the Global Economy: Industrial Restructuring in Hong Kong and Singapore

Stephen Wing-kai Chiu; Kong-chong Ho; Tai-lok Lui

First Edition • October 1, 1998 • 224 pages

Print: $38.00 USD/$44.00 CAD

This is the first serious comparative study of two dynamic Asian city-states that are emerging as key regional — indeed global — cities. Providing both historical comparisons and analyses of contemporary issues, the authors consider the patterns, strategies, and consequences of industrial restructuring. They build their analysis around the interrelationships…

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Trade and Transformation in Korea, 1876-1945

Dennis McNamara

First Edition • October 6, 1998 • 256 pages

Print: $40.00 USD/$46.00 CAD

Exploring the interaction among system, state, and society, this book illuminates the social and economic history of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century colonial Korea. Dennis McNamara argues that transformation within and trade abroad, led by rice exports, spurred Korea’s shift from isolation to inclusion in a modern regional system. In…

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China and the World: Chinese Foreign Policy Faces the New Millennium

Edited by Samuel S Kim

First Edition • July 1, 1998 • 368 pages

Print: $56.00 USD/$54.99 CAD • Ebook: $36.99 USD/$42.99 CAD

As the postwar international system continues its dramatic transformation, the fundamental question of what role China will play is becoming increasingly central. Contributors to the volume focus on the developments of the post-Tiananmen years, addressing the issues raised by China’s expanding and increasingly complex relationships with a rapidly changing global…

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