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A Vietnamese Moses: Philiphe Binh and the Geographies of Early Modern Catholicism

by George E. Dutton

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.  A Vietnamese Moses is the story of Philiphê Binh, a Vietnamese Catholic priest who in 1796 traveled from Tonkin to the Portuguese court in Lisbon to persuade its ruler to appoint a bishop for his community of ex-Jesuits. Based on Binh’s surviving writings from his thirty-seven-year exile in Portugal, this book examines how the intersections of global and local Roman Catholic geographies shaped the lives of Vietnamese Christians in the early modern era. The book also argues that Binh’s mission to Portugal and his intense lobbying on behalf of his community reflected the agency of Vietnamese Catholics, who vigorously...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 352 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 December 2019 onward  

THE ART OF PEACE: An Illustrated Biography about Prince Iyesato Tokugawa (Expanded Edition)

by Stan S. Katz

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Genre: History, Asia
Size: 66.12 mb
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 December 2019 onward  

The Empire of Japan viewed from the World history: This book enables you to win the debate with Chinese or Korean people concerning the Japanese modern history.

by Suan Maimoto

The content and aim of this book are roughly as follows.1. To understand the background of the imperialism established in the Great Powers (European nations, USA and Russia) who played the greedy competition of getting more and more colonies in all over the World in the 19th century.2. To clarify the reason that Japan, as the Empire of Japan, had to aim at becoming a member of the Great Powers as the only option. 3. To understand that the Jewish problem was deeply related with the process of the Empire of Japan becoming a member of the Great Powers.4. To understand that the imperialism by the Empire of Japan was based on the idea of Pan-Asianism and aimed to abolish the racial discrimination by the Great Powers of white people and establish the co-existence and co-prosperity of Asian count...

Genre: History, Asia
Size: 311 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 December 2019 onward  

omar ibn al-khattab

by ali muhammed

Umar Ibn Al-Khattab was the second Caliph of the Muslim Ummah and the first Muslim leader to be called the Commander of the Faithful. After the death of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), his closest friend Abu Bakr became his successor and led the Muslims for around two years...

Genre: History, Asia
Size: 544 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.50 / 5
40 reviews

Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World

by Lesley Downer

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 384 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern India (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Andrew Ollett

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Language of the Snakes traces the history of the Prakrit language as a literary phenomenon, starting from its cultivation in courts of the Deccan in the first centuries of the common era. Although little studied today, Prakrit was an important vector of the kavya movement and once joined Sanskrit at the apex of classical Indian literary culture. The opposition between Prakrit and Sanskrit was at the center of an enduring “language order” in India, a set of ways of thinking about, naming, classifying, representing, and ultimately using languages. As a language of classical literature that nevertheless retained its as...

Genre: Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 290 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Outcasts of Empire: Japan's Rule on Taiwan's "Savage Border," 1874-1945 (Asia Pacific Modern Book 16)

by Paul D. Barclay

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Outcasts of Empire unveils the causes and consequences of capitalism’s failure to “batter down all Chinese walls” in modern Taiwan. Adopting micro- and macrohistorical perspectives, Paul D. Barclay argues that the interpreters, chiefs, and trading-post operators who mediated state-society relations on Taiwan’s “savage border” during successive Qing and Japanese regimes rose to prominence and faded to obscurity in concert with a series of “long nineteenth century” global transformations.   Superior firepower and large economic reserves ultimately enabled Japanese statesmen to discard mediators on the bor...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 322 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 December 2019 onward  

A Students Guide to Knowing More than Your Martial Arts Master: Academic Information for the Physical Training

by Losik PhD, Len

A Student's Guide to Knowing More than Your Martial Arts Master fulfills he author's desire to make conveniently available to the martial arts student or Instructor the analysis that will increase the student's, Instructor's and Master Instructor's knowledge and wisdom that are training at any level for those with little academic knowledge about the style or styles they have trained in for many years in the physical aspects, but have not trained in the academic aspects of their style. A Student's Guide for Knowing More than your Martial arts Master is for the student, Instructor and Master Instructor because this book is comprised of previously unpublished academic style analysis of the many style's and student's characteristics that comprises the several dozen martial arts styles included...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sport, Individual Sports, Teen & Young Adult, Sport & Outdoors
Size: 207 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 December 2019 onward  

Child's Play: Multi-Sensory Histories of Children and Childhood in Japan

by Sabine Frühstück

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. Few things make Japanese adults feel quite as anxious today as the phenomenon called the “child crisis.” Various media teem with intense debates about bullying in schools, child poverty, child suicides, violent crimes committed by children, the rise of socially withdrawn youngsters, and forceful moves by the government to introduce a more conservative educational curriculum. These issues have propelled Japan into the center of a set of global conversations about the nature of children and how to raise them. Engaging both the history of children and childhood and the history of emotions, contributors to this volume ...

Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 286 pages
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Hindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South India (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Elaine M. Fisher

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. In Hindu Pluralism, Elaine M. Fisher complicates the traditional scholarly narrative of the unification of Hinduism. By calling into question the colonial categories implicit in the term “sectarianism,” Fisher’s work excavates the pluralistic textures of precolonial Hinduism in the centuries prior to British intervention. Drawing on previously unpublished sources in Sanskrit, Tamil, and Telugu, Fisher argues that the performance of plural religious identities in public space in Indian early modernity paved the way for the emergence of a distinctively non-Western form of religious pluralism. This work provides a c...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Hinduism
Size: 262 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
3 reviews

Ancient Japan: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of Japan, Their Ancient Civilization, and Japanese Culture, Including Stories of the Samurai, Shōguns, and Zen Masters

by Captivating History

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Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Education
Size: 22.72 mb
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Chinese Working-Class Lives: Getting By in Taiwan (The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues)

by Hill Gates

Taiwan’s working class has been shaped by Chinese tradition, by colonialism, and by rapid industrialization. This book defines that class, explores that history, and presents with sensitive honesty the life experiences of some of its women and men. Hill Gates first provides a solid and informative introduction to Taiwan’s history, showing how mainland China, Japan, the convulsions of twentieth-century wars, and the East Asian economic expansion interacted in forming Taiwanese urban life. She introduces nine individuals from Taiwan’s three major ethnic groups to tell the stories of their lives in their own words. The narrators include a fortuneteller, a woman laborer, and a retired air force mechanic. A former spirit medium and a janitor are among the others who speak....

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 272 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 07 December 2019 onward  

THE SUFI KING OF HINDOSTAN

by REYAZ NADEEM

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Leaders & Notable People, Specific Groups, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Islam
Size: 1.04 mb
Free eBook download for Kindle from 06 December 2019 onward  

Creating the Intellectual: Chinese Communism and the Rise of a Classification

by Eddy U

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Creating the Intellectual redefines how we understand relations between intellectuals and the Chinese socialist revolution of the last century. Under the Chinese Communist Party, “the intellectual” was first and foremost a widening classification of individuals based on Marxist thought. The party turned revolutionaries and otherwise ordinary people into subjects identified as usable but untrustworthy intellectuals, an identification that profoundly affected patterns of domination, interaction, and rupture within the revolutionary enterprise. Drawing on a wide range of data, Eddy U takes the reader on a journey that ...

Genre: History, Asia, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Ideologies
Size: 247 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 05 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Islamic Shangri-La: Inter-Asian Relations and Lhasa's Muslim Communities, 1600 to 1960

by David G. Atwill

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Islamic Shangri-La transports readers to the heart of the Himalayas as it traces the rise of the Tibetan Muslim community from the 17th century to the present. Radically altering popular interpretations that have portrayed Tibet as isolated and monolithically Buddhist, David Atwill's vibrant account demonstrates how truly cosmopolitan Tibetan society was by highlighting the hybrid influences and internal diversity of Tibet. In its exploration of the Tibetan Muslim experience, this book presents an unparalleled perspective of Tibet's standing during the rise of post–World War II Asia.  ...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Islam
Size: 258 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 03 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Emerging States and Economies: Their Origins, Drivers, and Challenges Ahead (Emerging-Economy State and International Policy Studies)

by Takashi Shiraishi

This open access book asks why and how some of the developing countries have “emerged” under a set of similar global conditions, what led individual countries to choose the particular paths that led to their “emergence,” and what challenges confront them. If we are to understand the nature of major risks and uncertainties in the world, we must look squarely at the political and economic dynamics of emerging states, such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, and ASEAN countries. Their rapid economic development has changed the distribution of wealth and power in the world. Yet many of them have middle income status. To global governance issues, they tend to adopt approaches that differ from those of advanced industrialized democracies. At home, rapid economic growth and social cha...

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences
Size: 177 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 03 December 2019 onward  

Bang Chan: Social History of a Rural Community in Thailand (Cornell Studies in Anthropology)

by Lauriston Sharp

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Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 318 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 03 December 2019 onward  

Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945

by Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. When China’s War of Resistance against Japan began in July 1937, it sparked an immediate health crisis throughout China. In the end, China not only survived the war but emerged from the trauma with a more cohesive population. Intimate Communities argues that women who worked as military and civilian nurses, doctors, and midwives during this turbulent period built the national community, one relationship at a time. In a country with a majority illiterate, agricultural population that could not relate to urban elites’ conceptualization of nationalism, these women used their work of healing t...

Genre: History, Asia, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Science & Maths
Size: 303 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 03 December 2019 onward  

Mountain, Water, Rock, God: Understanding Kedarnath in the Twenty-First Century

by Luke Whitmore

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Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Hinduism, Science & Maths
Size: 290 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 03 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
4 reviews

The Monastery Rules: Buddhist Monastic Organization in Pre-Modern Tibet (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Berthe Jansen

At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. The Monastery Rules discusses the position of the monasteries in pre-1950s Tibetan Buddhist societies and how that position was informed by the far-reaching relationship of monastic Buddhism with Tibetan society, economy, law, and culture. Jansen focuses her study on monastic guidelines, or bca’ yig. The first study of its kind to examine the genre in detail, the book contains an exploration of its parallels in other Buddhist cultures, its connection to the Vinaya, and its value as socio-historical source-material. The guidelines are witness to certain socio-economic changes, while also c...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, Other Practices
Size: 309 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 02 December 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
4 reviews

Samurai Arms, Armour & the Tactics of Warfare (The Book of Samurai Series) SAMPLER

by Antony Cummins

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Genre: History, Asia, Military, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, New Age, Other Eastern Religions, Health & Fitness, Exercise & Fitness
Size: 424 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 30 November 2019 onward  

Rating: 2.00 / 5
2 reviews

The Book of Samurai: Fundamental Samurai Teachings SAMPLER

by Antony Cummins

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Genre: History, Asia, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 424 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 28 November 2019 onward  

Song Moo Kwan Tang Soo Do: The Kwan that Started Korea's Martial Arts

by Losik Ph.D, Len

Song Moo Kwan Tang Soo Do explains the creation, history and evolution of the first Korean martial arts Kwan opened just as World War II was ending and its founder. The Song Moo Kwan was the first Kwan named after the Japanese Shotokan style that is named for the pine trees that surrond Mt. Songshan in China, the home of the first Shaolin Temple whose monks trained daily in Kwon Bup (Kor., Chuan Fa Chinese.) as preventive medicine program developed and spread by the Buddhist monks. Buddhism was brought to China from India using the Silk Road and adopted throughout Asia by the Buddhist's Shaolin Temple where for the Buddhist's emphasis on physical and mental health improvements, preventive medicine, medical surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments that were unknown in China at the time and ...

Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sport, Individual Sports
Size: 164 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 27 November 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
4 reviews

Hindu Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Hindu Myths, Hindu Gods, and Hindu Goddesses

by Matt Clayton

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Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Hinduism
Size: 3.59 mb
Free eBook download for Kindle from 26 November 2019 onward  

Rating: 3.70 / 5
4 reviews

Japanese Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Japanese Folklore, Myths, Fairy Tales, Yokai, Heroes and Heroines

by Matt Clayton

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Genre: Children's eBooks, Historical Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Fiction, Children's Fiction
Size: 3.96 mb
Free eBook download for Kindle from 26 November 2019 onward  

Paths to the Emerging State in Asia and Africa (Emerging-Economy State and International Policy Studies)

by Keijiro Otsuka

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC-ND license. This book addresses the issue of how a country, which was incorporated into the world economy as a periphery, could make a transition to the emerging state, capable of undertaking the task of economic development and industrialization. It offers historical and contemporary case studies of transition, as well as the international background under which such a transition was successfully made (or delayed), by combining the approaches of economic history and development economics. Its aim is to identify relevant historical contexts, that is, the ‘initial conditions’ and internal and external forces which governed the transition. It also aims to understand what current low-income developing countries require for their transition. Thr...

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Finance, History, Asia
Size: 292 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 26 November 2019 onward  

Rating: 3.70 / 5
4 reviews

The Mongols: A History

by Jeremiah Curtin

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Historical, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 226 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 26 November 2019 onward  

Imperial Genus: The Formation and Limits of the Human in Modern Korea and Japan (Asia Pacific Modern Book 14)

by Travis Workman

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s open access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Imperial Genus begins with the turn to world culture and ideas of the generally human in Japan’s cultural policy in Korea in 1919. How were concepts of the human’s genus-being operative in the discourses of the Japanese empire? How did they inform the imagination and representation of modernity in colonial Korea? Travis Workman delves into these questions through texts in philosophy, literature, and social science.  Imperial Genus focuses on how notions of human generality mediated uncertainty between the transcendental and the empirical, the universal and the particular, and empire and colony. It show...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 324 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 November 2019 onward  

Rating: 3.90 / 5
4 reviews

History of India: A History In 50 Events

by Hourly History

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Genre: History, Asia, World, Nonfiction
Size: 2.40 mb
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 November 2019 onward  

Moo Duk Kwan The History and Evolution: Hwang Kee's Contribution to Korea's Martial Arts Community: Latest Edition

by Len Losik Ph.D

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Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Asia, Sport, Individual Sports
Size: 179 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 November 2019 onward  

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