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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.
Chinese media have changed since the gray days of Maoism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Fewsmith's careful analysis of roughly a dozen grass-roots political reforms in China shows that none was democratic in the Western sense.
Bose lucidly analyzes India’s “decentered democracy,” in which power lies increasingly with the state governments.
Liu Hongsheng was a prosperous Shanghai industrialist whose household exemplified the traditional Confucian family’s transition into modernity.
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.
Each chapter in this useful book describes China’s relations with one of its neighbors.
If the Japanese people showed resilience in the face of catastrophe, so did their political system, flaws and all.
The grandniece of Saadat Hasan Manto uses his published writings, family letters, and interviews with relatives to portray his complex relationships and turbulent career.
A riveting account of cynical maneuvering in Washington’s tormented relationships with India and Pakistan.
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.
If anyone needs a reminder of the inscrutability and mercilessness of the Stalin and Mao regimes, these books can help.
It is well known that the populations of China and Japan are aging. But this book shows that the same is true throughout Asia—except in the poorest countries, where life expectancies are low. According to the book’s authors, by 2050, the portion of Asians over age 65 will range from 14 percent, in India, to 38 percent, in Japan. In the United States, the figure will be about 20 percent.
Here, for the first time, is the full story of Washington’s official relationship with Tibet, from the first encounter between a U.S. diplomat and the then Dalai Lama in 1908 to the recent pattern of congressional and White House pressure on Beijing to engage in dialogue with the Tibetan leadership in exile.
In early 2009, during the closing weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war, the Tamil Tigers—a militant group that had waged a bloody, decades-long campaign to win independence for Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority—herded 300,000 Tamil civilians into a shrinking redoubt on the island’s northeast coast, forcing them to serve as human shields against the encroaching Sri Lankan army. Weiss, a UN official in Colombo at the time, provides harrowing details, as well as insight into the decades of brutal conflict that brought the two sides to the point where they were willing to commit war crimes.
Faced with the end of the Cold War and the intensification of globalization, the Vietnamese leadership began to rethink their country’s foreign policy in the 1990s. Elliott’s interviews and his close reading of texts show that the country’s revolutionary true believers went through a contentious process to justify a more pragmatic approach.
Recent power struggles in China have generated torrents of leaks and rumors. The sources, always obscure, apparently seek to influence the course of the struggles by outing secrets and maligning reputations. In the case detailed in this book, they succeeded.
These three works concur in their skeptical assessments of the threat posed to the United States by China, but their reasoning is different. Since aggrandizement generates resistance, Luttwak argues, China’s economic and military rise is producing a seemingly paradoxical decline in its diplomatic influence. In Chan's view, because Asian governments, including China’s, need to foster prosperity to legitimize their rule, they have an incentive to cooperate with one another and with others. Shambaugh, meanwhile, provides a masterful survey of China’s presence on the world scene, showing that in every field -- diplomatic, economic, military, and cultural -- Beijing’s influence, although growing, remains limited
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