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Ancient Indus Valley Civilization's Biggest Cities, The: The History and Legacy of Mohenjo-daro, Har Audiobook

Ancient Indus Valley Civilization's Biggest Cities, The: The History and Legacy of Mohenjo-daro, Har

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Scott Clem Release Date: November 2019

When one thinks of the world’s first cities, Sumer, Memphis, and Babylon are some of the first to come to mind, but if the focus then shifts to India, then Harappa and Mohenjo-daro will likely come up. These cities owe their existence to India’s oldest civilization, known as the Indus Valley Civilization or the Harappan Civilization, which was contemporary with ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt and had extensive contacts with the former, making it one of the most important early civilizations in the world. Spread out along the rivers of the Indus River Valley, hundreds of settlements began forming around 3300 BCE, eventually coalescing into a society that had all of the hallmarks of a true civilization, including writing, well-developed cities, a complex social structure, and long-distance trade.  The fact that the ancient Indus Valley Civilization is also often referred to as the Harappan Civilization demonstrates how important the discovery of Harappa is. As archaeologists and historians began to uncover more of the ancient Harappa site in the 19th and early 20th centuries, a more complete picture of the city emerged, namely its importance. Research has shown that Harappa was one of the three most important Indus Valley cities, if not the most important, with several mounds of settlements uncovered that indicate building activities took place there for over 1,000 years. At its height, Harappa was a booming city of up to 50,000 people who were divided into neighborhoods by walls and who went about their daily lives in well-built, orderly streets. Harappa also had drainage systems, markets, public baths, and other large structures that may have been used for public ceremonies. Ancient Harappa was truly a thriving and vibrant city that was on par with contemporary cities in Mesopotamia such as Ur and Memphis in Egypt. 

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Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific Audiobook

Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

Author: Robert D. Kaplan Narrator: Michael Prichard Release Date: March 2014

From Robert D. Kaplan, named one of the world's Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, comes a penetrating look at the volatile region that will dominate the future of geopolitical conflict. Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated nine hundred trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries' worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict. The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future. In Asia's Cauldron, Robert D. Kaplan offers up a vivid snapshot of the nations surrounding the South China Sea, the conflicts brewing in the region at the dawn of the twenty-first century, and their implications for global peace and stability. One of the world's most perceptive foreign policy experts, Kaplan interprets America's interests in Asia in the context of an increasingly assertive China. He explains how the region's unique geography fosters the growth of navies but also impedes aggression. And he draws a striking parallel between China's quest for hegemony in the South China Sea and the United States' imperial adventure in the Caribbean more than a century ago. To understand the future of conflict in East Asia, Kaplan argues, one must understand the goals and motivations of its leaders and its people. Part travelogue, part geopolitical primer, Asia's Cauldron takes us on a journey through the region's boom cities and ramshackle slums: from Vietnam, where the superfueled capitalism of the erstwhile colonial capital, Saigon, inspires the geostrategic pretensions of the official seat of government in Hanoi, to Malaysia, where a unique mix of authoritarian Islam and Western-style consumerism creates quite possibly the ultimate postmodern society; and from Singapore, whose "benevolent autocracy" helped foster an economic miracle, to the Philippines, where a different brand of authoritarianism under Ferdinand Marcos led not to economic growth but to decades of corruption and crime. At a time when every day's news seems to contain some new story—large or small—that directly relates to conflicts over the South China Sea, Asia's Cauldron is an indispensable guide to a corner of the globe that will affect all of our lives for years to come.

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Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century Audiobook

Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century

Author: Richard Mcgregor Narrator: Steve West Release Date: September 2017

"Often critical of Washington's 'combination of idealism and arrogance,' McGregor offers detailed, vivid descriptions of America's Asian diplomacy." -Publishers Weekly A history of the combative military, diplomatic, and economic relations among China, Japan, and the United States since the 1970s-and the potential crisis that awaits them Richard McGregor's Asia's Reckoning is a compelling account of the widening geopolitical cracks in a region that has flourished under an American security umbrella for more than half a century. The toxic rivalry between China and Japan, two Asian giants consumed with endless history wars and ruled by entrenched political dynasties, is threatening to upend the peace underwritten by Pax Americana since World War II. Combined with Donald Trump's disdain for America's old alliances and China's own regional ambitions, east Asia is entering a new era of instability and conflict. If the United States laid the postwar foundations for modern Asia, now the anchor of the global economy, Asia's Reckoning reveals how that structure is falling apart. With unrivaled access to archives in the United States and Asia, as well as to many of the major players in all three countries, Richard McGregor has written a tale that blends the tectonic shifts in diplomacy with bitter domestic politics and the personalities driving them. It is a story not only of an overstretched America, but also of the rise and fall and rise of the great powers of Asia. The about-turn of Japan-from a colossus seemingly poised for world domination to a nation in inexorable decline in the space of two decades-has few parallels in modern history, as does the rapid rise of China-a country whose military is now larger than those of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and southeast Asia's combined. The confrontational course on which China and Japan are set is no simple spat between neighbors: the United States would be involved on the side of Japan in any military conflict between the two countries. The fallout would be an economic tsunami, affecting manufacturing centers, trade routes, and political capitals on every continent. Richard McGregor's book takes us behind the headlines of his years reporting as the Financial Times's Beijing and Washington bureau chief to show how American power will stand or fall on its ability to hold its ground in Asia.

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Asian Armageddon, 1944-45 Audiobook

Asian Armageddon, 1944-45

Author: Peter Harmsen Narrator: Walter Dixon Release Date: September 2021

The last installment of the War in the Far East trilogy, Asian Armageddon 1944-1945, continues and completes the narrative of the first two volumes, describing how a US-led coalition of nations battled Japan into submission through a series of cataclysmic encounters. Leyte Gulf, the biggest naval battle ever, was testimony to the paramount importance of controlling the ocean, as was the fact that the US Navy carried out the only successful submarine campaign in history, reducing Japan's military and merchant navies to shadows of the former selves. Meanwhile, fighting continued in disparate geographic conditions on land, with the chaos of Imphal, the inferno of Manila, and the carnage of Iwo Jima forming some of the milestones on the bloody road to peace, sealed in Tokyo Bay in September 1945. It was a world where the stage was set for the Cold War and for international rivalries that last to this day, and a new constellation of powers emerged. War in the Far East is a trilogy of books comprising a general history of World War II in the Asia Pacific. Unlike other histories on the conflict it goes into its deep origins, beginning long before Pearl Harbor, and encompasses a far wider group of actors to produce the most complete account yet written on the subject and the first truly international treatment of this epic conflict.

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Asian History Audiobook

Asian History

Author: Introbooks Narrator: Introbooks Release Date: April 2016

The significance of the study of the history of Asia requires no exceptional prominence, principally with the rise of China, India and Japan as main supremacies of this continent. The Asian history could be seen as the combined history of many diverse outlying littoral regions such as, South Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East connected by the internal frame of the Eurasian steppe. The littoral border was to some of the world's most primitive civilizations, with each of the three sections evolving early civilizations about the lush river vales. These valleys were rich as the earth there was fertile and could produce several root crops. The civilizations in the Indus Valley, Mesopotamia, and China had many things in common and probably traded expertise and philosophies like mathematics and the wheel. Other concepts like writing probably developed independently in every region. Cities, states and then kingdoms established in these wetlands. The steppe expanse had always been occupied by equestrian nomads, and from the central steppes they could reach any area of they wished to in the Asia. The northern part of the continent, which covered most of Siberia, was also unapproachable to the steppe nomads because of tundra and the dense jungles. These Siberian regions were sporadically populated. The core and boundary were separated by deserts and mountain peaks. The Himalaya, Caucasus, Gobi Desert and Karakum Desert moulded the blockades which the steppe horsemen could cross with struggle. While technically and ethnically the city inhabitants were more radical, they could not do much regimentally to protect against the mounted crowds of the steppe. Nevertheless, the wetlands did not have sufficient open plains to upkeep a big horse bound force. So the wanderers who occupied states in the Middle East were quickly required to familiarize to the native societies. Asia's antiquity would feature drastic expansions seen in other corners of the globe, as well as happenings which would impact those other areas. These comprise the trade of the Silk Road, which spread philosophies, lingoes, belief, and sickness through Afro-Eurasian trade. A different big advancement was the invention of gunpowder in China, which led to progressive combat through the use of guns.

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Asian Mythology: Gods, Goddesses, and Mythological Creatures from the Orient Audiobook

Asian Mythology: Gods, Goddesses, and Mythological Creatures from the Orient

Author: Alex Cage, Bernard Hayes Narrator: Gareth Johnson, Zachary Dylan Brown Release Date: September 2019

This 5 in 1 book contains the following titles: Chinese Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Chinese Myths Chinese Mythology: Chinese Myths, Dragons, Monkey Kings, Rituals, Legends, and Zodiac Signs Indian Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Indian Myths Indian Mythology: Hindu and Krishna Gods, Myths, and Legends Japanese Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Japanese Myths

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Ask a North Korean Audiobook

Ask a North Korean

Author: Daniel Tudor Narrator: Greta Jung, Greta Jung P. J. Ochlan, P. J. Ochlan Release Date: March 2018

The long-running "Ask a North Korean" column produced by NK News in Washington D.C. invites readers to ask questions of recent North Korean defectors about everyday issues that are not generally discussed in the media. These North Koreans provide authentic accounts of what's actually happening on the ground in North Korea today. Various aspects of life in North Korea are discussed in this book through a series of interviews with North Korean defectors. These interviews show that even in the world's most authoritarian regime, life goes on as usual and there is normality and continuity-unlike the view of North Korea commonly portrayed elsewhere.

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Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War Audiobook

Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War

Author: Stephen R. Platt Narrator: Angela Lin Release Date: March 2012

Stephen R. Platt is widely respected for his incisive nonfiction, particularly in regard to his knowledge and understanding of China. With Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Platt details the absorbing narrative of the Taiping Rebellion, which resulted in the loss of 20 million lives. Occurring in the 1850s, this is the story of a cultural movement characterized by intriguing personages such as influential military strategist Zeng Guofan and brilliant Taiping leader Hong Rengan.

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Battle of Chosin Reservoir, The: The History of the Chinese Victory that Pushed UN Forces Out of Nor Audiobook

Battle of Chosin Reservoir, The: The History of the Chinese Victory that Pushed UN Forces Out of Nor

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Daniel Houle Release Date: May 2021

The Korean War is often labeled “the forgotten war,” and though it has received renewed attention in recent years, it still pales compared to others in recent history, like the Vietnam War or even the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. What’s mostly overlooked is that the Korean War was one of the most intense conflicts the United States fought, and the soldiers who served in it were arguably in greater peril than in any other war over the last 75 years. While the Truman administration and the Chiefs of Staff had a clear plan for the conflict, seemingly everything went horribly wrong once China entered the conflict, and despite the United Nations coalition forces' technological and logistical superiority, they found themselves on the defensive. The Battle of Chosin Reservoir was a dramatic example of a battle plan gone awry. General Douglas MacArthur had conceived of a triumphant march to the Yalu River, ending the war and uniting Korea. The UN troops, led by the United States, had turned the fight around with the amphibious landing in Inchon, which took place in September 1950.[1] The North Korean People’s Army (NKPA) tried to contain the Pusan Perimeter invasion, but they broke through, and before long the coalition troops were headed deep into North Korean territory. Some units had reached the Yalu River, which marks the frontier between North Korea and China. At this point, the mission’s goal was to eliminate the NKPA and reunite Korea under a pro-Western regime, but the forces under MacArthur’s command found themselves surrounded and beleaguered in sub-zero temperatures.

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Battle of Red Cliffs, The: The History and Legacy of the Decisive Battle Fought Near the Start of An Audiobook

Battle of Red Cliffs, The: The History and Legacy of the Decisive Battle Fought Near the Start of An

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Bill Hare Release Date: November 2019

At the forefront of the Three Kingdoms was one of ancient China’s most famous battles, fought in late 208 CE. An area of the Yangtze River located near modern Chibi City in the central Chinese province of Hubei was filled with ships as far as the eye could see. They were swift wooden vessels, built for speed and filled with hard faced men, arrows strung on their backs, ready to be released on the enemy. Massive warships with imposing war towers piled high with soldiers were also anchored in the river. These military ships were part of the mightiest naval invasion ever seen in China, but on the ships, the sailors were weary. Contrary to their imposing facade, these men were unfamiliar with the trials of river combat – they were northerners, more familiar with the frigid weather and the flat plains of northern China than being marooned on wooden ships in the water. Some of the men were ill, seasick from the prolonged exposure to life on the water. To combat this, Cao Cao, the supreme warlord of the northern Wei Kingdom and leader of the fleet, had ordered his men to tie their ships together to limit the swaying and to alleviate the sea sickness. It seemed to help, ironically, this seemingly simple solution would also spell doom for the invaders. The ensuing Battle of Red Cliffs changed Chinese history. It marked the end of the Han Dynasty, one of the greatest in China’s history, and pushed China into the era of the Three Kingdoms, an era of perpetual warfare and chaos. Furthermore, the battle also had a dramatic effect on Chinese culture, media, and literature, and the battle and its major participants remain legendary in China. Even today, movies, videogames, and comic books about this battle can be found in China, from the blockbuster film Red Cliff in 2009 to the video game series Dynasty Warriors. Clearly, the ramifications of this period of Chinese history can still be felt nearly 2,000 years later.

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Battle of Sekigahara, The: The History and Legacy of the Battle that Unified Japan under the Tokugaw Audiobook

Battle of Sekigahara, The: The History and Legacy of the Battle that Unified Japan under the Tokugaw

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Bill Hare Release Date: January 2020

On October 21, 1600, two massive Japanese armies, totaling an estimated 200,000 soldiers armed to the teeth with swords, yari (spears), arrows, muskets and cannons, faced off on a battlefield near the town of Sekigahara. A bitter fight to the death ensued, and the results would determine the course of Japanese history for the next 250 years. On the battlefield was the warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa, a man desiring domain over the entire island of Japan, but standing in his way was Ishida Mitsunari, a warlord controlling vast swaths of western Japan. Moving with his armies from the east, Ieyasu maneuvered into a position at Sekigahara. Ieyasu was relying heavily on the legendary Japanese samurai, but contrary to popular belief, the samurai warriors of that era were avid firearm users, and this battle would be no exception, as both armies bristled with muskets and cannons. Ieyasu was outnumbered, but he had a trump card: traitors placed in the enemy army. These treacherous warlords would join Ieyasu in the midst of the battle, turning it in his favor. When Ieyasu became shogun (military dictator) of Japan, he presided over the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate, which brought peace and stability to all of Japan if only by ending the constant civil wars. Many changes took place, most notably in the capabilities of the samurai, Japan’s ruling military class, who were no longer active combat participants. Instead, most of these warriors were fighters in name only, ruling, instead, as privileged bureaucrats. They served the Tokugawa Shogunate, a military government that moved to isolate Japan from the rest of the world, for more than two centuries, and military service became the exclusive domain of a privileged warrior class that combined the military with an intricate network of social status and vassalage to feudal lords.

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Battle of Shanghai, The: The History and Legacy of the Battle that Started the Second Sino-Japanese  Audiobook

Battle of Shanghai, The: The History and Legacy of the Battle that Started the Second Sino-Japanese

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Jim Johnston Release Date: October 2019

On October 29, 1937, a large crowd of people gathered on the bank of the Wusong River in Shanghai to watch a spectacle, a life and death struggle unfolding directly in front of them across the river. The crowd was a curious blend of Chinese, European, and American civilians and journalists. Their focus was on the Sihang Warehouse across the river, but it wasn’t the warehouse itself that fascinated the onlookers. Instead, it was the men inside the warehouse, the men of the 524th Regiment, the 88th Division of the Chinese Nationalist Army. The soldiers were elite, and they were widely considered the best of the Nationalist Army. They proudly called themselves “the Generalissimo’s Own,” after Jiang Jieshi, the generalissimo of the Nationalist government and leader of China. The Chinese soldiers were prepared to fight and die to the last man, and they were making their last stand there. The Battle of Shanghai was a brutal testament to a new era of modern warfare which, according to many historians, signified the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War, and hence World War II. Despite the stand, China was a nation broken into petty warlord fiefdoms and wracked by civil war between Nationalist and Communist forces. This civil war became inextricably intertwined with the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II, and the sheer scale of the horrors of the conflict remain hard to believe today, even as action in that theater is often overlooked because of events in Europe. Indeed, the Japanese launched a brutal campaign across the fragmented realms that made up China, committing atrocities just as horrendous as their Axis ally in Europe.

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