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Japan’s Arduous Rejuvenation as a Global Power: Democratic Resilience and the US-China Challenge

by Victor Teo

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Genre: History, Asia, World, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Practical Politics
Size: 242 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 August 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Ancient China: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of China and the Chinese Civilization Starting from the Shang Dynasty to the Fall of the Han Dynasty

by Captivating History

If you want to discover the captivating history of ancient China, then keep reading...Free History BONUS Inside!To understand present-day China, its politics, society, and culture in general, we have to go back to the beginnings of the Chinese civilization.In this book, you will be led on a journey through almost 2,000 years of Chinese history, showing you all the ups and downs of those ancient times, the sufferings and joys of the Chinese people, along with their greatest achievements and failures. Dynasties will change, people will be killed and born, art made and destroyed, but the Chinese civilization will prevail, rising from humble beginnings to an empire that at some points outshined any other in the world at that time. And yet it won’t be only a tale of kings and queens, emperors...

Genre: History, Asia, Education & Reference, Education
Size: 122 pages
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Buddhist and Islamic Orders in Southern Asia: Comparative Perspectives

by R. Michael Feener

Over the last few decades historians and other scholars have succeeded in identifying diverse patterns of connection linking religious communities across Asia and beyond. Yet despite the fruits of this specialist research, scholars in the subfields of Islamic and Buddhist studies have rarely engaged with each other to share investigative approaches and methods of interpretation. This volume was conceived to open up new spaces of creative interaction between scholars in both fields that will increase our understanding of the circulation and localization of religious texts, institutional models, ritual practices, and literary specialists.The book’s approach is to scrutinize one major dimension of the history of religion in Southern Asia: religious orders. “Orders” (here referring to Su...

Genre: History, Asia, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, Islam
Size: 230 pages
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Public Goods Provision in the Early Modern Economy: Comparative Perspectives from Japan, China, and Europe

by Masayuki Tanimoto

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. Scholarly discussions on economic development in history, specifically those linked to industrialization or modern economic growth, have paid great attention to the formation and development of the market economy as a set of institutions able to augment people’s welfare. The role of specific nonmarket practices for promoting the economic development and welfare has been a distinct concern, typically involving discussion of the state’s economic policies. How have societies tackled those issues that the market did not? To what extent did those solutions reflect the structure of an economy?  Public Goods Provision in...

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, History, Asia, Europe
Size: 328 pages
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Rating: 2.50 / 5
2 reviews

Confucius: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Professionals & Academics, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 35 pages
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Ginseng and Borderland: Territorial Boundaries and Political Relations Between Qing China and Choson Korea, 1636-1912

by Seonmin Kim

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.  Ginseng and Borderland explores the territorial boundaries and political relations between Qing China and Choson Korea during the period from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth centuries. By examining a unique body of materials written in Chinese, Manchu, and Korean, and building on recent studies in New Qing History, Seonmin Kim adds new perspectives to current understandings of the remarkable transformation of the Manchu Qing dynasty (1636–1912) from a tribal state to a universal empire. This book discusses early Manchu history and explores the Qing Empire’s policy of controlling Manchuria and Ch...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 224 pages
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Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Garrett Field

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.   The study of South Asian music falls under the purview of ethnomusicology, whereas that of South Asian literature falls under South Asian studies. As a consequence of this academic separation, scholars rarely take notice of connections between South Asian song and poetry. Modernizing Composition overcomes this disciplinary fragmentation by examining the history of Sinhala-language song and poetry in twentieth-century Sri Lanka. Garrett Field describes how songwriters and poets modernized song and poetry in response to colonial and postcolonial formations. The story of this modernization is significant in that it shi...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Music, Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Political History & Theory
Size: 171 pages
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Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Mao Zedong: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

Mao Zedong* * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * *Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet.For a champion of the poor, Mao Zedong was born to a wealthy aristocratic family in Shaoshan, Hunan China. As an adolescent, he once had to defend his father’s farm from starving peasants during a famine, who wished to seize his father's land and steal his grain. This same Mao would later promote a policy of land reform that would give those peasants the green light to violently overthrow the rich land owners all over the Chinese countryside. Inside you will read about...✓ Where Revolution Was Made ✓ Mao Comes Into His Own ✓ Mao, the Pragmatist ✓ From Nanking to Pearl Harbor ✓ Consolidating Power ✓ Mao’s Stranglehold ✓ Mao Lo...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Leaders & Notable People, Specific Groups, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 45 pages
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Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road

by Liang Emlyn Yang

This open access book discusses socio-environmental interactions in the middle to late Holocene, covering specific areas along the ancient Silk Road regions. Over twenty chapters provide insight into this topic from various disciplinary angles and perspectives, ranging from archaeology, paleoclimatology, antiquity, historical geography, agriculture, carving art and literacy. The Silk Road is a modern concept for an ancient network of trade routes that for centuries facilitated and intensified processes of cultural interaction and goods exchange between West China, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. Coherent patterns and synchronous events in history suggest possible links between social upheaval, resource utilization and climate or environment forces along the Silk Road ...

Genre: History, Asia, Middle East, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, Earth Sciences, Environment
Size: 525 pages
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US Nation-Building in Afghanistan (Open Access)

by Conor Keane

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Genre: History, Asia, Middle East, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 256 pages
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Rethinking Japanese Feminisms

by Julia C. Bullock

Rethinking Japanese Feminisms offers a broad overview of the great diversity of feminist thought and practice in Japan from the early twentieth century to the present. Drawing on methodologies and approaches from anthropology, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, and sociology, each chapter presents the results of research based on some combination of original archival research, careful textual analysis, ethnographic interviews, and participant observation.The volume is organized into sections focused on activism and activists, employment and education, literature and the arts, and boundary crossing. Some chapters shed light on ideas and practices that resonate with feminist thought but find expression through the work of writers, artists, act...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 310 pages
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Tea Before the Rain

by Paul Loong

What do the people of Hong Kong want? Why do they yearn for it so fervently? Tea in the Rain is a narrative of personal discovery as the author seeks answers by connecting history with his own conflicted background as a Chinese in British-ruled Hong Kong. The book revolves around the ideas and emotions that welled up on the day in 1997 when Britain handed the colony back to China. As a journalist, the author interviewed key figures at the time and attended the Handover Ceremony. The book traces the origins of the seemingly irreconcilable differences over the territory's future from the perspective of ordinary Hong Kong people most affected by the outcome. It is written for general readers who are interested in popular history and curious about this amazing place that is changing before our...

Genre: History, Asia
Size: 251 pages
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Rating: 4.00 / 5
8 reviews

Uprooted: A Vietnamese Family's Journey - 1935-1975

by David Lucas

The ancient Vietnamese life in which Tung was raised is being torn apart. It is not enough to work hard and grow rice anymore. Now every farmer in Mai Dong has to pick a side.

The French or the Communists.

"They are going to murder your father."

Intelligence, humility and graft made Que an honorable figure in Mai Dong. His values ensured the family's survival through famine and flood. They will not protect him against the Communists, who need class-enemy victims for their land reform campaign.

Tung becomes protector and provider for the family, who struggle to stick together as World War Two, the French Indochinese War, and the American War tear his country apart over forty years.

Vietnam becomes the battleground for th...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Travel
Size: 399 pages
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Confucianisms for a Changing World Cultural Order (Confucian Cultures)

by Roger T. Ames

In a single generation, the rise of Asia has precipitated a dramatic sea change in the world’s economic and political orders. This reconfiguration is taking place amidst a host of deepening global predicaments, including climate change, migration, increasing inequalities of wealth and opportunity, that cannot be resolved by purely technical means or by seeking recourse in a liberalism that has of late proven to be less than effective. The present work critically explores how the pan-Asian phenomenon of Confucianism offers alternative values and depths of ethical commitment that cross national and cultural boundaries to provide a new response to these challenges. When searching for resources to respond to the world’s problems, we tend to look to those that are most familiar: Single acto...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Other Eastern Religions, Religious Studies
Size: 284 pages
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Kong Soo Do: Korea's Way of the Empty Hand Self Defense

by Losik PhD, Len

Kong Soo Do The Way of the Empty Hand explains the origin of the only true style of Korean Karate, as taught by Okinawa Master Gichin Funakoshi. Kong Soo Do was one of the most influential post-WW II Korean martial arts styles that would eventually become infused with the many other styles to become Korean Taekwondo. The author includes the path from Chuan Fa to Karate to Taekowndo and the path from training on dirt floors in Korea to Taekwondo as an Olympic sport with chapters on dojang etiquette and the written instructions and drawings to learn all the Kata for promotion from white belt to Black Belt. Included are the instructions for the five Japanese Heien Kata, Nai Hanji So Dan Kata and Bassai Kata, also proper dojo behavior and the Kong Soo Do colored belt rank system. Other topics ...

Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sport, Individual Sports
Size: Unknown
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Tae Kwon Do and Chang Moo Kwan: The Creation and Evolution

by Losik PhD, Len

Taekwondo and Chang Moo Kwan Creation, History and Evolution describes the founding of the Chang Moo Kwan Tang Soo Do and its many changes as it evolves from teaching Karate, Kwon Bup, Tang Soo Do and Chuan Fa styles to just Taekwondo and why it was one of the driving Kwans in the creation of government support of Tang Soo Do to become Taekwondo and Taekwondo's journey from the dirt floors in post Korean War Kwans to the beautiful Korean Kukkiwon and Tae Kwon Do in the 1988 Olympics. The author describes the life of the founder of the Chang Moo Kwan in Korea as a young boy and his family's decision to send him to Japan to college at the Nihon University and his exploits as a Korean student in an all Japanese college and Japanese Karate club his takeover of the college Karate club and ends ...

Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sport, Individual Sports
Size: 174 pages
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Tang Soo Do Chang Moo Kwan: The Creation and History

by Losik PhD, Len

Tang Soo Do Chang Moo Kwan is for the young student as well as the Master Instructor that wants an in-depth understanding of Tang Soo Do's journey from the teaching of Tang Soo Do at the Chang Moo Kwan along with the many other styles of Korea, Japan and China taught there. The author provides the story behind Chang Moo Kwan's creation, evolution and history of the first Korean Kwan created after the Colonial Japanese occupation of Korea ended, World War II ended and the U.S. military removed the colonial Japanese from Korea but Korea was on the brink of yet another war that brought trained and untrained American soldiers and civilians to the Chnag Moo Kwan. The Chang Moo Kwan wasn't the first Kwan allowed to open after the war or the first to use the name Tang Soo Do as one of its styles,...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sport, Individual Sports, Teen & Young Adult, Sport & Outdoors
Size: 158 pages
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Odo Kwan Tang Soo Do Korea's Karate: Korea's Special Forces

by Losik Ph.D, Len

Odo Kwan Tang Soo Do Korea's Karate describes the creation, history and evolution of the Korean Kwan by the founder, Grandmaster, Choi, Hong Hi who was ordered by the Korean government to unite the many privately owned martial arts Kwans after world War II so that Korea would have an Olympic martial arts sport. The author describes the Japanese style of Korean Karate Major General Choi taught as a Korean martial art. The Odo Kwan one of Korea's post World War II martial art that would have Major General Choi lose his Ambassadorship position with the Korean government, who created the first international Taekwondo organization required so that Taekwondo could become an Olympic sport. the author described how Brigadier General Choi would and become a threat to the Korean independent governme...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sport, Individual Sports, Teen & Young Adult, Sport & Outdoors
Size: 266 pages
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A Gracious Enemy

by Michael Kramer

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Genre: History, Asia
Size: 402 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
3 reviews

Nationalism

by Rabindranath Tagore

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Genre: Fiction, Anthologies, Fiction Classics, History, Asia, Politics & Social Sciences, Ideologies
Size: Unknown
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India

by Danna Agmon

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Genre: History, Asia, Europe, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences
Size: 236 pages
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Placing Empire: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan

by Kate McDonald

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.Placing Empire examines the spatial politics of Japanese imperialism through a study of Japanese travel and tourism to Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan between the late nineteenth century and the early 1950s. In a departure from standard histories of Japan, this book shows how debates over the role of colonized lands reshaped the social and spatial imaginary of the modern Japanese nation and how, in turn, this sociospatial imaginary affected the ways in which colonial difference was conceptualized and enacted. The book thus illuminates how ideas of place became central to the production of new forms of colonial hierarchy as...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences
Size: 231 pages
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Taiwan and China: Fitful Embrace

by Lowell Dittmer

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. China’s relation to Taiwan has been in constant contention since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949 and the creation of the defeated Kuomintang (KMT) exile regime on the island two months later. The island’s autonomous sovereignty has continually been challenged, initially because of the KMT’s insistence that it continue to represent not just Taiwan but all of China—and later because Taiwan refused to cede sovereignty to the then-dominant power that had arisen on the other side of the Taiwan Strait. One thing that makes Taiwan so politically difficult and yet so intellectually...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 284 pages
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Tughlaqabad Fort: Discover India | Photojournals (Monuments of Delhi Book 4)

by David Riley

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Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Travel
Size: 98 pages
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Rating: 4.00 / 5
2 reviews

Killing Korea: The Fight for Control of Korea

by Victor Maere

How two opposing sides killed Korea in an effort to save it.You surely have heard something about the Korean War. Or the Forgotten War as some call it.But do you really know all that happened?Have you heard the personal stories from the people who actually saw or did the fighting?If you haven't, you are in for a treat.While the war was among the shortest in history, it left an invisible mark - a divided Korea. And there's a lot that led to that. It wasn't just about the UN and South Korea fighting against North Korea, China, and the Soviet Union.You will: * Learn what UN soldiers did with Chinese corpses when it got cold. * Understand Japan's role in facilitating the war. * Know the real reason China got into the war despite being very scared of America. * Know why America got stung by und...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 53 pages
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Broken Voices: Postcolonial Entanglements and the Preservation of Korea’s Central Folksong Traditions (Music and Performing Arts of Asia and the Pacific)

by Roald Maliangkay

Broken Voices is the first English-language book on Korea’s rich folksong heritage, and the first major study of the effects of Japanese colonialism on the intangible heritage of its former colony. Folksongs and other music traditions continue to be prominent in South Korea, which today is better known for its technological prowess and the Korean Wave of popular entertainment. In 2009, many Koreans reacted with dismay when China officially recognized the folksong Arirang, commonly regarded as the national folksong in North and South Korea, as part of its national intangible cultural heritage. They were vindicated when versions from both sides of the DMZ were included in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity a few years later. At least on a nationa...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, Music, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 264 pages
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Polemics and Patronage in the City of Victory: Vyasatirtha, Hindu Sectarianism, and the Sixteenth-Century Vijayanagara Court (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Valerie Stoker

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.   How did the patronage activities of India’s Vijayanagara Empire (c. 1346–1565) influence Hindu sectarian identities? Although the empire has been commonly viewed as a Hindu bulwark against Islamic incursion from the north or as a religiously ecumenical state, Valerie Stoker argues that the Vijayanagara court was selective in its patronage of religious institutions. To understand the dynamic interaction between religious and royal institutions in this period, she focuses on the career of the Hindu intellectual and monastic leader Vyasatirtha. An agent of the state and a powerful religious authority, V...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Hinduism, Religious Studies
Size: 232 pages
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Global History and New Polycentric Approaches: Europe, Asia and the Americas in a World Network System (Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global History)

by Manuel Perez Garcia

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Genre: History, Asia, Historical Study, World, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Globalisation, International
Size: 352 pages
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The Hegemony of Heritage: Ritual and the Record in Stone (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Deborah L. Stein

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.The Hegemony of Heritage makes an original and significant contribution to our understanding of how the relationship of architectural objects and societies to the built environment changes over time. Studying two surviving medieval monuments in southern Rajasthan—the Ambika Temple in Jagat and the Ékalingji Temple Complex in Kailaspuri—the author looks beyond their divergent sectarian affiliations and patronage structures to underscore many aspects of common practice. This book offers new and extremely valuable insights into these important monuments, illuminating the entangled politics of antiquity and revealing ...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 312 pages
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Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India (Myth and Poetics)

by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

In Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger analyzes six representative Indian folklore genres from a single regional repertoire to show the influence of their intertextual relations on the composition and interpretation of artistic performance. Placing special emphasis on women’s rituals, she looks at the relationship between the framework and organization of indigenous genres and the reception of folklore performance. The regional repertoire under examination presents a strikingly female-centered world. Female performers and characters are active, articulate, and frequently challenge or defy expectations of gender. Men also confound traditional gender roles. Flueckiger includes the translations of two full performance texts of narratives sung by fem...

Genre: Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 424 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 August 2019 onward  

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