Andrew J. Nathan

Capsule Review
2014
Andrew J. Nathan

Three generations of Ronnings have been involved with China; their letters, diaries, and family photos allow Topping to tell their stories in moving detail.

Capsule Review
2014
Andrew J. Nathan

As economic and technological changes are shrinking the Asian maritime commons, most of the littoral countries are building up their navies and coast guards.

Capsule Review
2014
Andrew J. Nathan

This book rings alarm bells about technology theft on a scale that the authors say is unprecedented in history and that they believe has strategic implications.

Capsule Review
2014
Andrew J. Nathan

China’s attempt to consolidate its control over Tibet through modernization has gone tragically awry.

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Andrew J. Nathan

Jager’s magisterial history of the Korean War incorporates all the latest research, material from newly opened archives, and lots of photographs.

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Andrew J. Nathan

Shambaugh’s masterful survey of China’s presence on the world scene shows that in every field -- diplomatic, economic, military, and cultural -- Beijing’s influence, although growing, remains limited.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Andrew J. Nathan

To explain his commitment to confronting Cambodia’s entrenched elite in the face of legal persecution and assassination attempts, Sam Rainsy has written a far-ranging autobiography.

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Jan/Feb
2014
Andrew J. Nathan

Chinese media have changed since the gray days of Maoism.

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Jan/Feb
2014
Andrew J. Nathan

Mitter applies historical empathy to yield fresh insights into the situations of all the actors in the horrific conflict that the Chinese call the War of Resistance Against Japan, which lasted from 1937 to 1945.

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Jan/Feb
2014
Andrew J. Nathan

Among a growing number of websites and e-mail newsletters providing insight on China, the China Story stands out for the richness of its coverage of Chinese culture and history.

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Jan/Feb
2014
Andrew J. Nathan

India has experienced two decades of rapid economic growth, yet half of Indian households lack indoor toilets, nearly 40 percent of the country’s adults are illiterate, and 43 percent of its children are underweight.

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

Jayal argues that India’s history as a society built on the exclusionary logics of castes and tribes continues to clash with its self-image as an inclusive democracy.

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Nov/Dec
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

Laruelle and Peyrouse’s travels in Central Asia revealed that these states view the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as marginal to their main security worries, their pragmatic accommodation with China buttressed more than anything else by the economic benefits that the arrangement offers corrupt elites.

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

Dikotter probes beneath the surface of what some still see as a relatively benign early phase of Mao’s rule, when the Communists restored political order and the economy, combated social evils, and allowed a modicum of personal freedom. He reveals the cost of what he calls a policy of “calculated terror and systematic violence.”

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

Jager’s magisterial history of the Korean War argues that the bitterness of the conflict helped harden Cold War antagonisms in Asia. Armstrong's rich analysis shows how North Korea has so often managed to dominate the region’s diplomatic agenda.

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Nov/Dec
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

Fewsmith's careful analysis of roughly a dozen grass-roots political reforms in China shows that none was democratic in the Western sense.

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Nov/Dec
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

Bose lucidly analyzes India’s “decentered democracy,” in which power lies increasingly with the state governments.

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Sept/Oct
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

Liu Hongsheng was a prosperous Shanghai industrialist whose household exemplified the traditional Confucian family’s transition into modernity.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

One of the most eloquent proponents of Chinese "constitutionalism" has been the Peking University law professor He, some of whose writings are translated in this volume.

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Sept/Oct
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

Each chapter in this useful book describes China’s relations with one of its neighbors.

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Sept/Oct
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

If the Japanese people showed resilience in the face of catastrophe, so did their political system, flaws and all.

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Sept/Oct
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

The grandniece of Saadat Hasan Manto uses his published writings, family letters, and interviews with relatives to portray his complex relationships and turbulent career.

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Sept/Oct
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

A riveting account of cynical maneuvering in Washington’s tormented relationships with India and Pakistan.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Andrew J. Nathan

Linked to India by language and to Pakistan by religion, Bangladesh has struggled to define an identity different from its neighbors’ that embraces its own linguistic, religious, ethnic, and ideological diversity.

Capsule Review
May/June
2013

If anyone needs a reminder of the inscrutability and mercilessness of the Stalin and Mao regimes, these books can help.