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This innovative book argues that historically, the untouchables (or Dalits) were excluded less as a result of religious beliefs than on account of their economic role as bonded agricultural laborers.
This study of Indonesia’s most successful entrepreneur, who died in 2012 at the age of 95, is a contribution to both business history and political history.
China aims not to simply defend its core interests, nor to merely match the power of the United States, but rather to achieve global economic, cultural, and military dominance.
The Nepalese Maoist movement emerged at an unlikely time: the mid-1990s, when communism was in global retreat. But by 2006, the movement had gained control over most of Nepal’s countryside. This book reveals how this happened.
Economy and Levi’s findings thread a path between alarmist and complacent views of China’s impact on the global economy.
Nulo uses the “convention of childish innocence” to explore forbidden issues in Tibetan history, including the cruelty of the Chinese invasion but also that of the preinvasion Tibetan order.
Hillman has deciphered “the unwritten rules of Chinese officialdom” over the course of ten years of fieldwork in southwestern China. His insights apply to local governments throughout the country and to higher levels of politics, as well
According to the contributors to this volume, the Thai monarchy is not a rock of stability, as royalist orthodoxy would have it, but rather the root of Thailand’s troubles.
These two books ponder the changes taking place in the strategic environment of Asia and come to similar conclusions about how the United States should respond to them.
Pyongyang is well on the way to mastering the technologies it needs to build a deliverable nuclear weapon. But the contributors to this volume argue convincingly that little will change when North Korea crosses that threshold.
The Chinese middle class has not pushed for democracy because it depends on the state-dominated economy for its prosperity, it is relatively satisfied with the state’s provision of urban services, and it fears the disruptive potential of the lower classes, which still form a large majority.
The short-lived Japanese empire (1895–1945) espoused a confused and contested ideology. One of its strands was assimilationist; the other, racist.
With each new generation of leaders since Tiananmen, outside observers and many Chinese have hoped for a period of liberalizing political reform. Instead, each successive head of state -- Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, and now Xi Jinping -- has restricted freedom further. China will likely eventually democratize. But with every passing year, doing so gets more dangerous for the regime because the bottled-up social pressure has only increased. And so democratization is postponed again and again.
Conventional wisdom has long held that the Maoist system of totalitarianism differed from its Soviet counterpart by relying solely on the mobilized masses to dispense terror. That turns out to be wrong.
Osburg, an American anthropologist, spent time with and observed successful Chinese businessmen in Sichuan’s capital city, Chengdu. He found that corruption in China is hard work.
Multilateral regimes are increasingly important in regulating how states relate to one another, but India’s engagement has been limited.
These two source books give readers access to the emerging field of Tibetan studies, which challenges the popular image of Tibet as an isolated land of changeless wisdom.
Three generations of Ronnings have been involved with China; their letters, diaries, and family photos allow Topping to tell their stories in moving detail.
As economic and technological changes are shrinking the Asian maritime commons, most of the littoral countries are building up their navies and coast guards.
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.
China’s attempt to consolidate its control over Tibet through modernization has gone tragically awry.
Jager’s magisterial history of the Korean War incorporates all the latest research, material from newly opened archives, and lots of photographs.
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.
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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