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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!

Saigon at War South Vietnam and the Global Sixties

Saigon at War South Vietnam and the Global Sixties

Author: Heather (University of Southern Mississippi) Stur Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2020

During South Vietnam's brief life as a nation, it exhibited glimmers of democracy through citizen activism and a dynamic press. South Vietnamese activists, intellectuals, students, and professionals had multiple visions for Vietnam's future as an independent nation. Some were anticommunists, while others supported the National Liberation Front and Hanoi. In the midst of war, South Vietnam represented the hope and chaos of decolonization and nation building during the Cold War. U.S. Embassy officers, State Department observers, and military advisers sought to cultivate a base of support for the Saigon government among local intellectuals and youth, but government arrests and imprisonment of political dissidents, along with continued war, made it difficult for some South Vietnamese activists to trust the Saigon regime. Meanwhile, South Vietnamese diplomats, including anticommunist students and young people who defected from North Vietnam, travelled throughout the world in efforts to drum up international support for South Vietnam. Drawing largely on Vietnamese language sources, Heather Stur demonstrates that the conflict in Vietnam was really three wars: the political war in Saigon, the military war, and the war for international public opinion.

The Gurkha Way A History of the Gurkhas from the 19th Century to the Present Day

The Gurkha Way A History of the Gurkhas from the 19th Century to the Present Day

Author: John Sadler Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2020

Fifteen miles north of Kathmandu stands the town of Gorkha, a high and imposing place with the sweeping, immensity of the Annapurna Range behind. Crowning the settlement, is the Gorkha Durbar palace and fortress, complex and mysterious. This is where the Gurkha story begins. The 18th century ruler Prithvi Narayan fought campaigns against neighbours and the British, then The John Company. From the outset, his Goorkha warriors were renowned for courage, steadfastness and aggression. It was a very tough fight. After peace was declared in 1816 both sides had developed a considerable respect for each other. Moreover, the British had appreciated that these tough mountain fighters would make excellent soldiers. A partnership was born. Goorkhas became enthusiastic recruits and, very soon, trusted allies. The partnership survived the Indian Mutiny of 1857. They became indispensable, fighting continually on both the North West and North East frontiers and in the jungles of Burma. The Khyber Pass, narrow umbilical through harsh tribal territories, historically ungovernable, made famous by Rudyard Kipling, would keep the Gurkhas in constant action for ninety years. During World War I the Regiment fought a very different type of war. In the rain-swept, mud-laced, makeshift maze of trenches, they somehow held their own, never giving ground despite overwhelming enemy firepower and numbers. They paid a fearful price; brave battalion after brave battalion was decimated. When World War II began, Britain could deploy some 20 Gurkha battalions. Disaster at Dunkirk spurred the need to recruit and this was soon increased to a total of 45 - in all two million men of the Indian Army would serve and 250,000 of these were Gurkhas, young men streaming down the mountainsides to volunteer. They were deployed most significantly in North Africa; the final fall of Tobruk, the 'Gazala Gallop' and 'Msus Stakes' would result in very high losses. Gurkhas served with distinction in the Italian Campaign and the attritional bloodbath of Monte Casino. They were also in the thick of the fighting in the Far East. The decisive battles of Imphal and Kohima were followed by a brilliant blitzkrieg in Burma which saw the Japanese broken and driven out before their final capitulation. Post-war and the retreat from empire saw a swingeing cut in overall numbers. But the Ghurkas have remained at the cutting edge, making integral contributions to many operations including the Falklands and latterly in Afghanistan.The Gurkhas have a unique place in British history as they're both a key component of the modern British army and yet a link to an imperial past, the last real connection remaining to the Raj. But they also remain highly relevant to modern challenges; with over 200 years' experience fighting asymmetric, counter insurgency and hybrid warfare they are needed more than ever. John Sadler tells the exciting, dramatic story of the Ghurkas from beginnings to the modern day, through interviews, unpublished diaries and correspondence, examining the unique Nepali society, the soldiers themselves together with wives and families, and what the future holds.

History of Indian and Eastern Architecture

History of Indian and Eastern Architecture

Author: James Fergusson Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/06/2020

The architecture of India Proper is treated in an exhaustive manner in this work. Its description might easily extended even beyond these limits, but without plans and more accurate architectural details, any such additions would practically contribute very little that was valuable to the information the work already contains.

Seeds of Control Japan's Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea

Seeds of Control Japan's Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea

Author: David Fedman, Paul S. Sutter Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/2020

Japanese colonial rule in Korea (1905-1945) ushered in natural resource management programs that profoundly altered access to and ownership of the peninsula's extensive mountains and forests. Under the banner of forest love, the colonial government set out to restructure the rhythms and routines of agrarian life, targeting everything from home heating to food preparation. Timber industrialists, meanwhile, channeled Korea's forest resources into supply chains that grew in tandem with Japan's imperial sphere. These mechanisms of resource control were only fortified after 1937, when the peninsula and its forests were mobilized for total war. In this wide-ranging study David Fedman explores Japanese imperialism through the lens of forest conservation in colonial Korea-a project of environmental rule that outlived the empire itself. Holding up for scrutiny the notion of conservation, Seeds of Control examines the roots of Japanese ideas about the Korean landscape, as well as the consequences and aftermath of Japanese approaches to Korea's greenification. Drawing from sources in Japanese and Korean, Fedman writes colonized lands into Japanese environmental history, revealing a largely untold story of green imperialism in Asia.

Tea War A History of Capitalism in China and India

Tea War A History of Capitalism in China and India

Author: Andrew B. Liu Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/06/2020

A history of capitalism in nineteenth- and twentieth-century China and India exploring the competition between their tea industries Tea remains the world's most popular commercial drink today, and at the turn of the twentieth century, it represented the largest export industry of both China and colonial India. In analyzing the global competition between Chinese and Indian tea, Andrew B. Liu challenges past economic histories premised on the technical divergence between the West and the Rest, arguing instead that seemingly traditional technologies and practices were central to modern capital accumulation across Asia. He shows how competitive pressures compelled Chinese merchants to adopt abstract, industrial conceptions of time, while colonial planters in India pushed for labor indenture laws to support factory-style tea plantations. Further, characterizations of China and India as premodern backwaters, he explains, were themselves the historical result of new notions of political economy adopted by Chinese and Indian nationalists, who discovered that these abstract ideas corresponded to concrete social changes in their local surroundings. Together, these stories point toward a more flexible and globally oriented conceptualization of the history of capitalism in China and India.

Russia's Turn to Persia Orientalism in Diplomacy and Intelligence

Russia's Turn to Persia Orientalism in Diplomacy and Intelligence

Author: Denis V. (University of Manchester) Volkov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2020

Iran has remained one of the most effective tools in Russia's foreign policy towards the West for more than two hundred years. Drawing on previously unpublished and recently declassified sources which change the established wisdom on many aspects of the history of Russia and Iran, Denis V. Volkov examines this relationship, and situates it within the broader context of Oriental studies. With a particular focus on the activities of scholars-diplomats, as well as scholars involved in academia, missionary activities and the military within their own professional domains, Volkov analyses the interaction of intellectuals with state structures and their participation in the process of shaping and conducting foreign policy towards Iran. This work explores the specific institutional practices of Russia's Oriental studies, including organisation of scholarly intelligence networks, taking advantage of state power for the promotion of institutional and individual interests, and profound engagement with Russia's domestic and foreign policy discourses of its time.

The Chinese Revolution on the Tibetan Frontier

The Chinese Revolution on the Tibetan Frontier

Author: Benno Weiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2020

In The Chinese Revolution on the Tibetan Frontier, Benno Weiner provides the first in-depth study of an ethnic minority region during the first decade of the People's Republic of China: the Amdo region in the Sino-Tibetan borderland. Employing previously inaccessible local archives as well as other rare primary sources, he demonstrates that the Communist Party's goal in 1950s Amdo was not just state- building, but also nation-building. Such an objective required the construction of narratives and policies capable of convincing Tibetans of their membership in a wider political community. As Weiner shows, however, early efforts to gradually and organically transform a vast multiethnic empire into a singular nation-state lost out to a revolutionary impatience, demanding more immediate paths to national integration and socialist transformation. This led in 1958 to communization, then to large-scale rebellion and its brutal pacification. Rather than joining volunatarily, Amdo was integrated through the widespread, often indiscriminate use of violence, a violence that lingers in the living memory of Amdo Tibetans and others.

Beyond Bicentennial: Perspectives On Malays

Beyond Bicentennial: Perspectives On Malays

Author: Wan Hussin (Former Member Of Parliament & Community Leader, S'pore) Zoohri Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2020

The year 2019 marks Singapore's Bicentennial milestone since the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in Singapore in 1819. It was in anticipation of the arrival of the Bicentennial that this book, Beyond Bicentennial: Perspectives on Malays, was initiated. This book is a collection of articles from prominent individuals and academicians that touch not only on the 200 years since the arrival of Raffles, but goes back much earlier, 720 years earlier, when Sang Nila Utama first set foot on the island in 1299.This book hopes to heighten the readers' sense of history and to reflect upon how Singapore has journeyed over the last two centuries, witnessing the perseverance, trials, challenges, and efforts of Singaporeans, and to see how the nation has gone through a transformation, from a feudal society to a cosmopolitan and multi-racial society through the Malay lens as well as the perspectives of others.Prior to this book, Majulah! 50 Years of Malay/Muslim Community in Singapore was published in 2016 when Singapore celebrated SG50 - an initiative launched to celebrate the nation's 50 years of independence. The book highlighted the progress, the contributions, and the challenges of the community for the past 50 years since Singapore's independence in 1965.Both books can be read hand-in-hand. While Majulah! 50 Years of Malay/Muslim Community in Singapore called on the community to reflect on the past and to look ahead, this book, Beyond Bicentennial: Perspectives on Malays, calls on readers to reflect and re-examine the position and contributions of the Malays to Singapore's history and its development, as Singapore commemorates its Bicentennial.

The Courts of the Deccan Sultanates Living Well in the Persian Cosmopolis

The Courts of the Deccan Sultanates Living Well in the Persian Cosmopolis

Author: Emma J. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Flatt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

In the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, courtliness was crucial to the political and cultural life of the Deccan. Divided between six states competing for territory, resources and skills, the medieval and early modern Deccan was a region of striking ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity. People used multifaceted trans-regional networks - mercantile, kinship, friendship and intellectual - to move across the Persian-speaking world and to find employment at the Deccan courts. This movement, Emma J. Flatt argues, was facilitated by the existence of a shared courtly disposition. Engagement in courtly skills such as letter-writing, perfume-making, astrological divination, performing magic, sword-fighting and wrestling thus became a route to both worldly success and ethical refinement. Using a diverse range of treatises, chronicles, poetry and letters, Flatt unpicks the ways this challenged networks of acceptable behaviour and knowledge in the Indo-Islamicate courtly world - and challenges the idea of perpetual hostility between Islam and Hinduism in Indian history.

Beyond Bicentennial: Perspectives On Malays

Beyond Bicentennial: Perspectives On Malays

Author: Wan Hussin (Former Member Of Parliament & Community Leader, S'pore) Zoohri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

The year 2019 marks Singapore's Bicentennial milestone since the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in Singapore in 1819. It was in anticipation of the arrival of the Bicentennial that this book, Beyond Bicentennial: Perspectives on Malays, was initiated. This book is a collection of articles from prominent individuals and academicians that touch not only on the 200 years since the arrival of Raffles, but goes back much earlier, 720 years earlier, when Sang Nila Utama first set foot on the island in 1299.This book hopes to heighten the readers' sense of history and to reflect upon how Singapore has journeyed over the last two centuries, witnessing the perseverance, trials, challenges, and efforts of Singaporeans, and to see how the nation has gone through a transformation, from a feudal society to a cosmopolitan and multi-racial society through the Malay lens as well as the perspectives of others.Prior to this book, Majulah! 50 Years of Malay/Muslim Community in Singapore was published in 2016 when Singapore celebrated SG50 - an initiative launched to celebrate the nation's 50 years of independence. The book highlighted the progress, the contributions, and the challenges of the community for the past 50 years since Singapore's independence in 1965.Both books can be read hand-in-hand. While Majulah! 50 Years of Malay/Muslim Community in Singapore called on the community to reflect on the past and to look ahead, this book, Beyond Bicentennial: Perspectives on Malays, calls on readers to reflect and re-examine the position and contributions of the Malays to Singapore's history and its development, as Singapore commemorates its Bicentennial.

Delhi in Historical Perspectives

Delhi in Historical Perspectives

Many books have been written on the fascinating and chequered history of the city of Delhi. Few, however, have the breadth and scope of K.A. Nizami's book, first published in Urdu in 1972. It captures in rich detail the cultural, social, economic and spiritual fabric of the city over seven centuries, using original literary, travel, biographical, hagiographical and administrative accounts in Persian, Hindavi and Urdu. Despite the political turbulence during this long stretch of time spanning the Sultanate and Mughal periods, culturally the city retained its basic composite and tolerant character-a tolerance and amity bred in the main in the city's many Sufi khaneqas. And for this reason, economic and political circumstances notwithstanding, culturally and socially the city continued to bloom. The poetry of Amir Khusrau and Ghalib are high points in the city's cultural and literary efflorescence and the book devotes considerable space to them.

The City and the Wilderness Indo-Persian Encounters in Southeast Asia

The City and the Wilderness Indo-Persian Encounters in Southeast Asia

Author: Arash Khazeni Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/06/2020

The City and the Wilderness recounts the journeys and micro-histories of Indo-Persian travelers across the Indian Ocean and their encounters with the Burmese Kingdom and its littoral at the turn of the nineteenth century. As Mughal sovereignty waned under British colonial rule, Indo-Persian travelers and intermediaries linked to the East India Company explored and surveyed the Burmese Empire, inscribing it as a forest landscape and Buddhist kingdom at the crossroads of South and Southeast Asia. Based on colonial Persian travel books and narratives in which Indo-Persian knowledge and perceptions of the wondrous edges of the Indian Ocean merged with Orientalist pursuits, The City and the Wilderness uncovers fading histories of inter-Asian crossings and exchanges at the ends of the Mughal world.