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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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Anarchy, The: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company

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: Relentless Rise of the East India Company

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

'Man does for the reader that most difficult of tasks- he conjures up an ancient people in an alien landscape in such a way as to make them live.' - Guardian The people of the first nomadic empir..

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Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival

Updated with a new chapter. Despite years of stagnation, Japan remains one of the world's largest economies and a country which exerts a remarkable cultural fascination. David Pilling's new book ..

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

A "memorable series of portraits of the working class people who defended Tiananmen Square" (The New York Review of Books) during the protests from the award-winning poet, dissident, and "one of the m..

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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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China Journals, The

These private journals, made available here for the first time, record Hugh Trevor-Roper's visit to the People's Republic of China in the autumn of 1965, shortly before the outbreak of the Cultural Re..

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China's Revolutions in the Modern World: A Brief Interpretive History

China's emergence as a twenty-first-century global economic, cultural, and political power is often presented as a story of what Chinese leader Xi Jinping calls the nation's "great rejuvenation," a st..

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Chinese Thought: From Confucius to Cook Ding

How did the ancient Chinese think about the world? What does environmental consciousness stand for in the Chinese tradition? Where does China's obsession with education come from? We are often t..

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Contested Modernity

Discussions of the Arab world, particularly the Gulf States, increasingly focus on sectarianism and autocratic rule. These features are often attributed to the dominance of monarchs, Islamists, oil, a..

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Democracy on the Road

For two decades bestselling author Ruchir Sharma has chased election campaigns across every major state in India, travelling the equivalent of a lap around the Earth. Democracy in India takes readers ..

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

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 ..

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Genghis Khan: And the Making of the Modern World

The conventional view of Genghis Khan as a ruthless leader who destroyed societies is turned on its head in this New York Times bestseller. Scholar and researcher Jack Weatherford shows how Khan was t..

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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 the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs: The Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the Destruction of its Liberal-Islamic Alliance

When Europe's Great War engulfed the Ottoman Empire, Arab nationalists rose in revolt against the Turks. The British supported the Arabs' fight for an independent state and sent an intelligence office..

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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 China: The Definitive Visual History

From the clans and legends of prehistory to the last Qing emperor, this book brings China's imperial history to life through its pivotal events, political forces, and powerful people, in a stunning co..

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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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India in the Persianate Age: 1000-1765

The Indian subcontinent might seem a nearly complete and self-contained world. Protected by vast mountains and seas, it created its own religions, philosophies and social systems. And yet this ancie..

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India in the Persianate Age: 1000-1765

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 experience..

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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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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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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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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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Kings of Shanghai

KINGS OF SHANGHAI tells the story of two Jewish families - the Sassoons and the Kadoories - who immigrated to China in the mid nineteenth century and became dynasties of a sort, standing astride Chin..

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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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Manhattan Project, The

On the seventy-fifth anniversary of the first atomic bomb, discover new reflections on the Manhattan Project from President Barack Obama, hibakusha (survivors), and the modern-day mayors of Hiroshima ..

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Maoism: A Global History

'A landmark work giving a global panorama of Mao's ideology filled with historic events and enlivened by striking characters' Jonathan Fenby Since the 1980s, China seems to have abandoned the uto..

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Mapping the Great Game: Explorers, Spies and Maps in 19th-Century Asia

The fascinating story of the pioneers who explored vast regions of Central Asia, India and Tibet to create maps, and spy out the country for military and geographical reasons. Although the ultimate p..

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Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy

Drawing on the newest historical research and scholarship in the field, Modern South Asia provides challenging insights into the history of this fascinating region over the past three centuries. Joint..

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Mongolia: A Political History of the Land and its People

Mongolia remains a beautiful barren land of spectacularly clothed horse-riders, nomadic romance and windswept landscape. But modern Mongolia is now caught between two giants: China and Russia; and kno..

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New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World, The

A brand new book from the Sunday Times and internationally bestselling author of The Silk Roads 'Masterly mapping out of a new world order' - Evening Standard Revised and updated edition ..

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Out of China: How the Chinese Ended the Era of Western Domination

Even at the high noon of Europe's empire-building China nonetheless kept its sovereignty. Robert Bickers' major new book is the first to describe fully what has proved to be one of the modern era's m..

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Patient Assassin, The

Anita Anand tells the remarkable story of one Indian's twenty-year quest for revenge, taking him around the world in search of those he held responsible for the Amritsar massacre of 1919, which cost t..

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Penguin History of Modern China: The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present, Third Edition

In 1850, China was the 'sick man of Asia'. Now it is set to become the most powerful nation on earth.The Penguin History of Modern China shows how turbulent that journey has been. For 150 years China ..

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Samurai: A Concise History

The idea of the sword-wielding samurai, beholden to a strict ethical code and trained in deadly martial arts, dominates popular conceptions of the samurai. As early as the late seventeenth century, th..

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Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'A stunning book, among the most immediate and thrilling works of history I have ever read' At 8:15am on August 6th 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on the Ja..

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Story of China: Portrait of a Civilisation and its People

'A learned, wise, wonderfully written single volume history of a civilisation that I knew I should know more about' Tom Holland 'Masterful and engrossing...well-paced, eminently readable and well-t..

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Superpower Interrupted

We in the West routinely ask: "What does China want?" The answer is quite simple: the superpower status it always had, but briefly lost. In this colorful, informative story filled with fasc..

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Underground Asia: Global Revolutionaries and the Assault on Empire

The end of Europe's empires has so often been seen as a story of high politics and warfare. In Tim Harper's remarkable new book the narrative is very different - it shows how empires were fundamentall..

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Unruly Waters: How Mountain Rivers and Monsoons Have Shaped South Asia's History

Asia's history has been shaped by its waters. In Unruly Waters, historian Sunil Amrith reimagines Asia's history through the stories of its rains, rivers, coasts, and seas - and of the weather-watcher..

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