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"... an imaginative and dispassionate re-examination of the significance of the Mongol Conquest and its aftermath for Russia's historical development." -Slavic Review "On all counts Russia and the Golden Horde infuses the subject with fresh insights and…

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A common misconception holds that Marco Polo "opened up" a closed and recalcitrant "Orient" to the West. However, this sweeping history covering 4,000 years of international relations from the perspective of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia shows that the…

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Sergeant Fred Steen served in Vietnam with the notorious Infantry Rifle Company, “Black Knight Alfa,” also known as “The Dragon Slayers.” Tough, disciplined and unpredictable, “Black Knight Alfa” were so feared by the Vietcong that then warned their own soldiers…

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Mrs. Dorje Yuthok's frank and fascinating account of life in upper-class Lhasa before the Chinese occupation is also a quiet, dignified description of a noblewoman's status in the family and the community. She moved in the highest government circles—both…

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In this arresting chronicle of one tumultuous year in China's love-hate relationship with the West, Orville Schell brings us a revealing analysis of the Chinese reform movement.

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A brilliant and original account of how Gorbachev's easing of information controls destroyed the illusions of communism and drove the Soviet system to ruin. Shane writes with such bracing authority, such startling insight, that Dismantling Utopia must be…

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This book explores the role of espionage and infiltration and provides an alarming prediction of the future course of North Korea's relations with the United States and it allies.

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A popular study of the KGB and its post-Soviet incarnation by the courageous and opinionated Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats, who was among the first to report on the organization in the post-Soviet Russian press. Based on extensive personal interviews with…

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On the eve of June 30, Hong Kong was officially passed back to China. This event will mark what Willem van Kemenade sees as the start of an increasingly problematic -- and even dangerous -- reintegration of the old Chinese empire into a new world superpower.…

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As a new independent Republic of Armenia is established among the ruins of the Soviet Union, Armenians are rethinking their history-the processes by which they arrived at statehood in a small part of their historic homeland, and the definitions they might give to…

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