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See below for a selection of the latest books from Asian history category. Presented with a red border are the Asian history books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Asian history books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Empire of the Winds The Global Role of Asia's Great Archipelago

Empire of the Winds The Global Role of Asia's Great Archipelago

Author: Philip (Independent Journalist and Author, Asia) Bowring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

Nusantaria - often referred to as 'Maritime Southeast Asia' - is the world's largest archipelago and has, for centuries, been a vital cultural and trading hub. Nusantara, a Sanskrit, then Malay, word referring to an island realm, is here adapted to become Nusantaria - denoting a slightly wider world but one with a single linguistic, cultural and trading base. Nusantaria encompasses the lands and shores created by the melting of the ice following the last Ice Age. These have long been primarily the domain of the Austronesian-speaking peoples and their seafaring traditions. The surrounding waters have always been uniquely important as a corridor connecting East Asia to India, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. In this book, Philip Bowring provides a history of the world's largest and most important archipelago and its adjacent coasts. He tells the story of the peoples and lands located at this crucial maritime and cultural crossroads, from its birth following the last Ice Age to today.

Partisan Aesthetics Modern Art and India's Long Decolonization

Partisan Aesthetics Modern Art and India's Long Decolonization

Author: Sanjukta Sunderason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2020

Partisan Aesthetics explores art's entanglements with histories of war, famine, mass politics and displacements that marked late-colonial and postcolonial India. Introducing partisan aesthetics as a conceptual grid, the book identifies ways in which art became political through interactions with left-wing activism during the 1940s, and the afterlives of such interactions in post-independence India. Using an archive of artists and artist collectives working in Calcutta from these decades, Sanjukta Sunderason argues that artists became political not only as reporters, organizers and cadre of India's Communist Party, or socialist fellow travelers, but through shifting modes of political participations and dissociations. Unmooring questions of Indian modernism from its hitherto dominant harnesses to national or global affiliations, Sunderason activates, instead, distinctly locational histories that refract transnational currents. She analyzes largely unknown and dispersed archives-drawings, diaries, posters, periodicals, and pamphlets, alongside paintings and prints-and insists that art as archive is foundational to understanding modern art's socialist affiliations during India's long decolonization. By bringing together expanding fields of South Asian art, global modernisms, and Third World cultures, Partisan Aesthetics generates a new narrative that combines political history of Indian modernism, social history of postcolonial cultural criticism, and intellectual history of decolonization.

Partisan Aesthetics Modern Art and India's Long Decolonization

Partisan Aesthetics Modern Art and India's Long Decolonization

Author: Sanjukta Sunderason Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/07/2020

Partisan Aesthetics explores art's entanglements with histories of war, famine, mass politics and displacements that marked late-colonial and postcolonial India. Introducing partisan aesthetics as a conceptual grid, the book identifies ways in which art became political through interactions with left-wing activism during the 1940s, and the afterlives of such interactions in post-independence India. Using an archive of artists and artist collectives working in Calcutta from these decades, Sanjukta Sunderason argues that artists became political not only as reporters, organizers and cadre of India's Communist Party, or socialist fellow travelers, but through shifting modes of political participations and dissociations. Unmooring questions of Indian modernism from its hitherto dominant harnesses to national or global affiliations, Sunderason activates, instead, distinctly locational histories that refract transnational currents. She analyzes largely unknown and dispersed archives-drawings, diaries, posters, periodicals, and pamphlets, alongside paintings and prints-and insists that art as archive is foundational to understanding modern art's socialist affiliations during India's long decolonization. By bringing together expanding fields of South Asian art, global modernisms, and Third World cultures, Partisan Aesthetics generates a new narrative that combines political history of Indian modernism, social history of postcolonial cultural criticism, and intellectual history of decolonization.

Champions Day The End of Old Shanghai

Champions Day The End of Old Shanghai

Author: James (St. Joseph's University) Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2020

12 November 1941: war and revolution are in the air. At the Shanghai Race Club, the elite prepare their best horses and most nimble jockeys for the annual Champions Day races. Across the city and amid tight security, others celebrated the birth of Sun Yat-Sen in a new centre which challenged European imperialism. Thousands more Shanghai residents attended the funeral of China's wealthiest woman. But the biggest crowd gathered at the track; no one knew it, but Champions Day heralded the end of European Shanghai. Through this snapshot of the day's events, the rich and complex history that led to them and a cast of characters as diverse as the city itself, James Carter provides a kaleidoscopic portrait of a time and a place that still speaks to relations between China and the West today.

Stranger in the Shogun's City A Woman's Life in Nineteenth-Century Japan

Stranger in the Shogun's City A Woman's Life in Nineteenth-Century Japan

Author: Amy Stanley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2020

A vivid, deeply researched work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman in Edo - now known as Tokyo - and a portrait of a great city on the brink of momentous change The daughter of a Buddhist priest, Tsuneno was born in 1804 in a rural Japanese village and was expected to live a life much like her mother's. But after three divorces - and with a temperament much too strong-willed for her family's approval - she ran away to make a life for herself in one of the largest cities in the world: Edo, a bustling metropolis at its peak. With Tsuneno as our guide, we experience the drama and excitement of Edo just before the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry's fleet, which would open Japan up to trade and diplomacy with the West for the first time. During this pivotal moment in Japanese history, Tsuneno bounces from tenement to tenement, marries a masterless samurai and eventually ends up in the service of a famous city magistrate. An extraordinary woman at an extraordinary time, Tsuneno's life provides a window into 19th-century Japanese culture - and a rare view of a woman who sacrificed her family and her reputation to make a new life for herself, despite social conventions. Immersive and gripping, Stranger in the Shogun's City is a revelatory work of history, layered with rich detail and delivered in beautiful prose, about the life of a woman, a city and a culture.

Stranger in the Shogun's City A Woman's Life in Nineteenth-Century Japan

Stranger in the Shogun's City A Woman's Life in Nineteenth-Century Japan

Author: Amy Stanley Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2020

A vivid, deeply researched work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman in Edo - now known as Tokyo - and a portrait of a great city on the brink of momentous change The daughter of a Buddhist priest, Tsuneno was born in 1804 in a rural Japanese village and was expected to live a life much like her mother's. But after three divorces - and with a temperament much too strong-willed for her family's approval - she ran away to make a life for herself in one of the largest cities in the world: Edo, a bustling metropolis at its peak. With Tsuneno as our guide, we experience the drama and excitement of Edo just before the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry's fleet, which would open Japan up to trade and diplomacy with the West for the first time. During this pivotal moment in Japanese history, Tsuneno bounces from tenement to tenement, marries a masterless samurai and eventually ends up in the service of a famous city magistrate. An extraordinary woman at an extraordinary time, Tsuneno's life provides a window into 19th-century Japanese culture - and a rare view of a woman who sacrificed her family and her reputation to make a new life for herself, despite social conventions. Immersive and gripping, Stranger in the Shogun's City is a revelatory work of history, layered with rich detail and delivered in beautiful prose, about the life of a woman, a city and a culture.

India in the Persianate Age 1000-1765

India in the Persianate Age 1000-1765

Author: Richard Maxwell Eaton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2020

A sweeping, magisterial new history of India from the middle ages to the arrival of the British The Indian subcontinent might seem a self-contained world. Protected by vast mountains and seas, it has created its own religions, philosophies and social systems. And yet this ancient land experienced prolonged and intense interaction with the peoples and cultures of East and Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and, especially, Central Asia and the Iranian plateau between the eleventh and eighteenth centuries. Richard M. Eaton's wonderful new book tells this extraordinary story with relish and originality. His major theme is the rise of 'Persianate' culture - a many-faceted transregional world informed by a canon of texts that circulated through ever-widening networks across much of Asia. Introduced to India in the eleventh century by dynasties based in eastern Afghanistan, this culture would become thoroughly indigenized by the time of the great Mughals in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. This long-term process of cultural interaction and assimilation is reflected in India's language, literature, cuisine, attire, religion, styles of rulership and warfare, science, art, music, architecture, and more. The book brilliantly elaborates the complex encounter between India's Sanskrit culture - which continued to flourish and grow throughout this period - and Persian culture, which helped shape the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughal Empire and a host of regional states, and made India what it is today.

China's Engine of Environmental Collapse

China's Engine of Environmental Collapse

Author: Richard Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2020

As the world hurtles towards environmental oblivion, China is leading the charge. 'Cancer villages' have sprung from poisoned farmlands, unregulated chemical dumps have been exploding and water and food have been contaminated. With a poor record on industrial safety, China's plans to widely adopt nuclear power are terrifying the world. Richard Smith looks into why this ecological apocalypse is so much worse than under 'normal' capitalism. Absurdly, Xi Jinping's police-state is incapable of suppressing pollution in its own industries. Since the Communist Party's rulers depend upon the state-owned economy for their wealth and power, they subvert their own market reforms, meaning China suffers the worst of both worlds - irrational Stalinist bureaucratic tendencies mixed with the blind growth of capitalist market demand. Corruption is rife, there is no rule of law, and since cutting pollution means cutting jobs, more often than not Beijing allows industries to pollute to meet its growth targets. The only way to stop China's drive to collapse is to slam the brakes on its ceaseless overproduction and to revolutionise its economy on the basis of social need and sustainability instead of profit.

China's Engine of Environmental Collapse

China's Engine of Environmental Collapse

Author: Richard Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2020

As the world hurtles towards environmental oblivion, China is leading the charge. 'Cancer villages' have sprung from poisoned farmlands, unregulated chemical dumps have been exploding and water and food have been contaminated. With a poor record on industrial safety, China's plans to widely adopt nuclear power are terrifying the world. Richard Smith looks into why this ecological apocalypse is so much worse than under 'normal' capitalism. Absurdly, Xi Jinping's police-state is incapable of suppressing pollution in its own industries. Since the Communist Party's rulers depend upon the state-owned economy for their wealth and power, they subvert their own market reforms, meaning China suffers the worst of both worlds - irrational Stalinist bureaucratic tendencies mixed with the blind growth of capitalist market demand. Corruption is rife, there is no rule of law, and since cutting pollution means cutting jobs, more often than not Beijing allows industries to pollute to meet its growth targets. The only way to stop China's drive to collapse is to slam the brakes on its ceaseless overproduction and to revolutionise its economy on the basis of social need and sustainability instead of profit.

The Saigon Sisters Privileged Women in the Resistance

The Saigon Sisters Privileged Women in the Resistance

Author: Patricia D. Norland Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2020

The Saigon Sisters offers the narratives of a group of privileged women who were immersed in a French lycee and later rebelled and fought for independence, starting with France's occupation of Vietnam and continuing through U.S. involvement and life after war ends in 1975. Tracing the lives of nine women, The Saigon Sisters reveals these women's stories as they forsook safety and comfort to struggle for independence, and describes how they adapted to life in the jungle, whether facing bombing raids, malaria, deadly snakes, or other trials. How did they juggle double lives working for the resistance in Saigon? How could they endure having to rely on family members to raise their own children? Why, after being sent to study abroad by anxious parents, did several women choose to return to serve their country? How could they bear open-ended separation from their husbands? How did they cope with sending their children to villages to escape the bombings of Hanoi? In spite of the maelstrom of war, how did they forge careers? And how, in spite of dislocation and distrust following the end of the war in 1975, did these women find each other and rekindle their friendships? Patricia D. Norland answers these questions and more in this powerful and personal approach to history.

Daemons Are Forever Contacts and Exchanges in the Eurasian Pandemonium

Daemons Are Forever Contacts and Exchanges in the Eurasian Pandemonium

Author: David Gordon White Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/07/2020

A richly illustrated tapestry of interwoven studies spanning some six thousand years of history, Daemons Are Forever is at once a record of archaic contacts and transactions between humans and protean spirit beings--daemons--and an account of exchanges, among human populations, of the science of spirit beings: daemon-ology. Since the time of the Indo-European migrations, and especially following the opening of the Silk Road, a common daemonological vernacular has been shared among populations ranging from East and South Asia to Northern Europe. In this virtuoso work of historical sleuthing, David Gordon White recovers the trajectories of both the inner demons cohabiting the bodies of their human hosts and the outer daemons that those same humans recognized each time they encountered them in their enchanted haunts: sylvan pools, sites of geothermal eruptions, and dark forest groves. Along the way, he invites his readers to reconsider the potential and promise of the historical method in religious studies, suggesting that a connected histories approach to Eurasian daemonology may serve as a model for restoring history to its proper place, at the heart of the history of religions discipline.

Daemons Are Forever Contacts and Exchanges in the Eurasian Pandemonium

Daemons Are Forever Contacts and Exchanges in the Eurasian Pandemonium

Author: David Gordon White Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2020

A richly illustrated tapestry of interwoven studies spanning some six thousand years of history, Daemons Are Forever is at once a record of archaic contacts and transactions between humans and protean spirit beings--daemons--and an account of exchanges, among human populations, of the science of spirit beings: daemon-ology. Since the time of the Indo-European migrations, and especially following the opening of the Silk Road, a common daemonological vernacular has been shared among populations ranging from East and South Asia to Northern Europe. In this virtuoso work of historical sleuthing, David Gordon White recovers the trajectories of both the inner demons cohabiting the bodies of their human hosts and the outer daemons that those same humans recognized each time they encountered them in their enchanted haunts: sylvan pools, sites of geothermal eruptions, and dark forest groves. Along the way, he invites his readers to reconsider the potential and promise of the historical method in religious studies, suggesting that a connected histories approach to Eurasian daemonology may serve as a model for restoring history to its proper place, at the heart of the history of religions discipline.