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1421 The Year China Discovered the World

On 8 March 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. The ships, some nearly five hundred feet long, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di's loyal eunuch admirals. Their m..

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1434: The Year A Chinese Fleet Sailed To Italy & Ignited The Renaissance

In his bestselling book 1421:The Year China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies revealed that it was the Chinese that discovered America, not Columbus. Now he presents further astonishing evidence tha..

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Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World

Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of ruthless, hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legend has i..

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Anarchy, The

In August 1765 the East India Company defeated and captured the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new government run by English traders who collected taxes throu..

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Anarchy, The: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company (Hardback edition, 2019)

THE TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2019 `Dalrymple is a superb historian with a visceral understanding of India ... A book of beauty' ..

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Barbarians at the Wall: The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China

The people of the first nomadic empire left no written records, but from 200 BC they dominated the heart of Asia for 400 years. They changed the world. The Mongols, today's descendants of Genghis Khan..

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Billion Voices: China's Search for a Common Language

Mandarin, Guoyu or Putonghua? 'Chinese' is a language known by many names, and China is a country home to many languages. Since the turn of the twentieth century linguists and politicians have been on..

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Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

'A lively and learned guide to the politics, personalities and conflicts that are shaping a dynamic group of countries' FINANCIAL TIMES 'A fascinating and many-layered portrait of Southeast Asia' TH..

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Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

Thought-provoking and eye-opening, BLOOD AND SILK is a first-hand account of what it's like to sit at the table with deadly Muslim insurgents, or in the front room of a notorious political warlord - a..

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Borrowed Spaces: Life Between the Cracks of Modern Hong Kong: Penguin Specials

Where have all the fishballs gone? From a journalist deeply attuned to the subtleties of Hong Kong life comes Borrowed Spaces, a chronicle of the ways in which the grassroots citizens of Hong Kong res..

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Bullets and Opium: Real-Life Stories of China After the Tiananmen Square Massacre

"Moving...a memorable series of portraits of the working-class people who defended Tiananmen Square." -The New York Review of Books "A series of harrowing, unforgettable tales...Had [Liao Yiwu] ..

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Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution, The

Fascinated by Egypt?s rich history, Peter Hessler moved with his family to Cairo just after the Arab Spring had begun.In the midst of the revolution, he attached himself to an important archaeological..

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China at War: Triumph and Tragedy in the Emergence of the New China 1937-1952

China's War of Resistance against Japan, as WWII is known in China, was never about the defeat of Japan alone. China was also at war with itself. Between 1937 and 1949, a vicious revolutionary war bet..

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China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia
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Chinese Thought: From Confucius to Cook Ding

We are often told that the twenty-first century is bound to become China's century. Never before has Chinese culture been so physically, digitally, economically or aesthetically present in everyday li..

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City of Protest: Penguin Specials

From the turbulent 1960s until today, Hong Kong has been a city shaped by civil disobedience. The latest wave of protests in Hong Kong's long history of public dissent culminated in the Occupy Central..

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Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-1976

After the economic disaster of the Great Leap Forward that claimed tens of millions of lives between 1958 and 1962, an ageing Mao launched an ambitious scheme to shore up his reputation and eliminate ..

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Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-1976

Acclaimed by the Daily Mail as 'definitive and harrowing' , this is the final volume of 'The People's Trilogy', begun by the Samuel Johnson prize-winning Mao's Great Famine. After the economic disaste..

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Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy For A City: Penguin Specials

Xu Xi's body of work witnesses her turbulent love affair with her home-city of Hong Kong. In this probing memoir, she unravels her recently finalised decision to leave the city for good. She critiques..

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Dear Leader: North Korea's Senior Propagandist Exposes Shocking Truths Behind the Regime

This is a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller. Dear Leader contains astonishing new insights about North Korea which could only be revealed by someone working high up in the regime. It is also the gripping..

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Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century

LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2017. The West's domination of world politics is coming to a close. The flow of wealth and power is turning from West to East and a new era of global instability has be..

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Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present

The first complete history of Central Eurasia from ancient times to the present day, Empires of the Silk Road represents a fundamental rethinking of the origins, history, and significance of this majo..

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Freedom at Midnight: Inspiration for the Major Motion Picture Viceroy's House

Inspiration for the major film starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi and directed by Gurinder Chadha. Seventy years ago, at midnight on 14 August 1947, the Union Ja..

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Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China's Shadow: Penguin Specials

Teenage activists turned politicians, multi-millionaire super tutors and artists fighting censorship - these are the stories of Generation HK. From radically different backgrounds yet with a common le..

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Genghis Khan: The Man Who Conquered the World

Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known, whose empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East and Russia. So how did..

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Great Empires of Asia

Asian empires led the world economically, scientifically and culturally for hundreds of years, and posed a constant challenge to the countries of Europe. How and why did those empires gain such powe..

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Great State: China and the World

China is one of the oldest states in the world. It achieved its approximate current borders with the Ascendancy of the Yuan dynasty in the 13th century, and despite the passing of one Imperial dynasty..

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High-Speed Empire: Chinese Expansion and the Future of Southeast Asia

The story of the world's most audacious infrastructure project. Less than a decade ago, China did not have a single high-speed train in service. Today, it owns a network of 14,000 miles of hig..

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Hiroshima

When the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in August 1945, killing 100,000 men, women and children, a new era in human history opened. Written only a year after the disaster, John Hersey brou..

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History of Ancient Asia, The

Asia is the home of magnificent ancient civilisations. From the ziggurats of Mesopotamia to the Indus Valley's carefully planned towns, from Hammurabi's first law code, to China's Han Dynasty, this fu..

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How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-by-Step Guide

A practical teach-yourself course on ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs for the general reader. In this text, the grammar of ancient Egypt is introduced using the inscriptions found on monuments, with an em..

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Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age

When Britain declared war on China in 1839, it sealed the fate of what had been, for centuries, the wealthiest and most powerful empire in the world.China was much weaker than was commonly understood ..

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Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age

Financial Times' best history books of the year Sunday Times' best history books of the year In 1839 Britain embarked on the first of its wars with China, sealing the fate of the most prosperou..

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In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China

In the tradition of In Patagonia and Great Plains, Michael Meyer's In Manchuria is a scintillating combination of memoir, contemporary reporting, and historical research, presenting a unique profile o..

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Incarnations: A History of India in 50 Lives

'Incarnations makes the mind fly across time, place and history. You may smile as, mentally, you walk alongside Khilnani up some flinty slope. You will keep thinking about what he said long after' Dai..

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India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy

Born against a background of privation and civil war, divided along lines of caste, class, language and religion, independent India emerged, somehow, as a united and democratic country. Ramachandra Gu..

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India: A Short History

India has had many histories. To pilgrims from ancient China, India was the birthplace of the Buddha; to Alexander the Great it was a land of clever naked philosophers and indomitable, elephantine arm..

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India: A Short History

In ten incisive chapters Andrew Robinson provides a clear focus to each segment of the unfolding story of Indian history, from the remarkable cities of the Indus Valley civilization four millennia ago..

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India: Picador Classic

With an introduction from Paul Theroux V.S. Naipaul first visited India in 1962 at twenty-nine. His most recent visit was in 2015 at eighty-two. The intervening years and visits sparked by an inquisi..

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Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent

Upsets received views to show how rebellious colonies changed British attitudes to empire Much has been written on the how colonial subjects took up British and European ideas and turned them against ..

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Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea's Abduction Project

During the 1970s and early 80s, dozens - perhaps hundreds - of Japanese civilians were kidnapped by North Korean commandos and forced to live in 'Invitation Only Zones', high-security detention-centre..

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Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present

Japan Story is a fascinating, surprising account of Japan's culture, from the 'opening up' of the country in the mid 19th century to the present, through the eyes of people who always had their doubts..

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Kashmir's Untold Story: Declassified

Why has this state of siege in the Kashmir valley continued for 72 years since the Partition of India?What role has Pakistan played in it all of these years? And will there ever be a resolution to the..

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Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin, The

An epic story of empire-building and bloody conflict, this ground-breaking biography of one of history's most venerated military and religious heroes opens a window on the Islamic and Christian worlds..

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Making of India: The Untold Story of British Enterprise

The story of The Making of India begins in the seventeenth century, when a small seafaring island, one tenth the size of the Indian subcontinent, despatched sailing ships over 11,000 miles on a five-m..

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Making of India: The Untold Story of British Enterprise

The story of The Making of India begins in the seventeenth century, when a small seafaring island, one tenth the size of the Indian subcontinent, despatched sailing ships over 11,000 miles on a five-m..

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Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62

Winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2011 Between 1958 and 1962, 45 million Chinese people were worked, starved or beaten to death. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with th..

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Mongol Empire: Genghis Khan, His Heirs and the Founding of Modern China

Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals: a leader of genius, driven by an inspiring vision for peaceful world rule. Believing he was divinely protected, Genghis united warring clans to create a nat..

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Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet - then spends the rest of his life trying to atone for the violence by hand printing the best prayer flags in India. A Jain nun te..

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No Wall Too High: One Man's Extraordinary Escape from Mao's Infamous Labour Camps

It was one of the greatest prison breaks of all time, during one of the worst totalitarian tragedies of the 20th Century. Xu Hongci was an ordinary medical student when he was incarcerated under Mao's..

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