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This is a straightforward narrative of the development of Japanese civilization to 1334 by the author of Japan: A Short Cultural History . While complete in itself, it is also the first volume of a three-volume work which will be the first large-scale,…

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This is a straightforward narrative of the development of Japanese civilization from 1334 to 1615 by the author of Japan: A Short Cultural History . While complete in itself, it is also the first volume of a three-volume work which will be the first large-scale,…

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Crane (history, the US Military Academy) analyzes the successes and failures of the air force in Korea. He exposes the tensions and rivalries between services, showing that emphasis on strategic bombing came at the expense of air support for ground troops, and…

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In this first social and cultural history of Japan's construction of Manchuria, Louise Young offers an incisive examination of the nature of Japanese imperialism. Focusing on the domestic impact of Japan's activities in Northeast China between 1931 and 1945,…

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In the summer of 1900, bands of peasant youths from the villages of north China streamed into Beijing to besiege the foreign legations, attracting the attention of the entire world. Joseph Esherick reconstructs the early history of the Boxers, challenging the…

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The Great Divergence brings new insight to one of the classic questions of history: Why did sustained industrial growth begin in Northwest Europe, despite surprising similarities between advanced areas of Europe and East Asia? As Ken Pomeranz shows, as recently…

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This book provides the background necessary to understand the reasons for the Russian military invasion of Chechnya in December 1994. The history of the Chechens is traced carefully, and their sufferings under the tsars and communists are documented. The role of…

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These writings, representing over a generation of work by one of our most acute commentators on Chinese history, are collected here for the first time and introduced with a masterly prologue. They cut across the boundaries of different fields of knowledge to…

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From the time of Malthus, the insufficient supply of food resources has been considered the main constraint of population growth and the main factor in the high mortality prevailing in pre-industrial times. In this essay, the mechanisms of biological, social and…

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Ethnicity is a highly politicized issue in contemporary China. Twentieth-century nation-building has been intimately involved with classification of ChinaOs fifty-five ethnic minorities and with fostering harmony and unity among nationalities. Officially…

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For a vast country with such a far-reaching culture, China remains strangely absent from a world history that is often Eurocentric and altogether ignorant of Asia. A great teaching tool, China: Understanding Its Past uses role-playing, simulations, debates,…