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Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom
1x 8pp b/w plates plus 3 maps 512

Stephen R. Platt's "Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom" tells the dramatic and disastrous story of the Taiping Rebellion: the bloodiest civil war in history. In the early 1850s, during the waning years of the Qing d

Platt, Stephen R.

Book of Ninja

The Book of Ninja, the ultimate ninjutsu manual, was penned in 1676 by a ninja known as Fujibayashi. Born in the post-civil war era of Japan, Fujibayashi collected and combined information from the ninja clans of Iga - regarded to be the h

Cummins, Antony

Brief History of Indonesia
16-page photo insert 288

Sultans, Spices, and Tsunamis: The Incredible Story of the World's Largest Archipelago Indonesia is by far the largest nation in Southeast Asia and has the fourth largest population in the world after the United States.

Hannigan, Tim

Celestial Empire
250(Ht mm) 220(Wdt mm) 224

Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911 provides a unique insight into the diversity of life in China during the last imperial dynasty. Through the lives of the Chinese people-from the Dowager Empress to the humble

Woolley, Nathan

Children of the Occupation

This is a beautifully written, deeply moving and well-researched account of the lives of mixed-race children of occupied Japan. The author artfully blends oral histories with an historical and political analysis of international race relatio

Hamilton, Walter

Paperback , 234 x 154mm. 336

Once a sleeping giant, China today is the world's fastest growing economy--the leading manufacturer of cell phones, laptop computers, and digital cameras--a dramatic turn-around that alarms many Westerners. But in Ch

Shirk, Susan L.

China Between Empires
25 halftones, 16 maps 352

After the collapse of the Han dynasty in the third century CE, China divided along a north-south line. Mark Lewis traces the changes that both underlay and resulted from this split in a period that saw the geographic re

Lewis, Mark Edward, Brook, Timothy

Chinese Idioms and their Stories
210(Ht mm) 135(Wdt mm) 298

This collection of one hundred Chinese idioms details the stories behind each one and offers a humorous and fascinating insight into&

Zhang, Ciyun

Cultural Revolution
1 x 16pp B&W plate section 432

Acclaimed by the Daily Mail as 'definitive and harrowing' , this is the final volume of 'The People's Trilogy', begun by the Samuel Johnson prize-winning Mao's Great Famine. After the economic disaster of the Great

Dikotter, Frank

maps 392

The groundbreaking account of East Timor's struggle for nationhood, thoroughly researched and expertly written, with information from dozens of insider interviews and hundreds of secret documents. A classic of investigative journalism.

Greenlees, Don, Garran, Robert

Empress Dowager Cixi The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age. At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was cho

Chang, Jung

Great Empires of Asia
How Asia's Mighty Empires Challenged the World 240

In this highly illustrated book, a team of internationally renowned scholars surveys the greatest of Asia's empires from 800 AD to the mid-20th century, from the Far East to the fringes of Europ

Masselos, Jim

Hirohito And The Making Of Modern Japan
203(Ht mm) 134(Wdt mm) 880

Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeIn this groundbreaking biography of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, Herbert P. Bix offers the first complete, unvarnished look at the enigmatic leader whose sixty-three-year reign ushered Jap

Bix, Herbert P.

History of Modern Indonesia
20 b/w illus. 7 maps 318

Since the Bali bombings of 2002 and the rise of political Islam, Indonesia has frequently occupied media headlines. Nevertheless, the history of the fourth largest country on earth remains relatively unknown. Adrian Vic

Vickers, Adrian

Invitation-Only Zone
Black-and-white photographs integrated throughout text 288

During the 1970s and early 80s, dozens - perhaps hundreds - of Japanese civilians were kidnapped by North Korean commandos and forced to live in 'Invitation Only Zones', high-security de

Boynton, Robert S.

Mandate of Heaven
illustrations 260

The mysteries of the ancient Chinese text known as the I Ching continue to fascinate scholars and enthusiasts alike. While sinologists rely on historical criticism to explain the meaning of the work, those who use it for divina

Marshall, S.J.

Midnight in Peking
Illustrations (some col.), ports. 288

January, 1937. Peking is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, lavish cocktail bars and opium dens, warlords and corruption, rumours and superstition - and the clock is ticking down on all of it. In the excl

French, Paul

Midnight in Peking

As 1936 gave way to 1937, the people of Peking waited nervously for the axe to fall. The encirclement by the Japanese army was tightening daily and troop skirmishes were on the rise. The Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek had fled sou

French, Paul

Mongol Empire

Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals: a leader of genius, driven by an inspiring vision for peaceful world rule. Believing he was divinely protected, Genghis united warring clans to create a nation and then an empire that ran across mu

Man, John

Nineteen Seventy-Six: Penguin Specials

The events of 1976 convulsed China: Mao died, the Gang of Four fell, hundreds of thousands perished in the Tangshan earthquake. Ragnar Baldursson, an idealistic true believer in the Chinese socialist experiment, was one of the few foreigners

Baldursson, Ragnar

Nothing to Envy : Life, Love and Death in North Korea
198(Ht mm) 128(Wdt mm) 240

What if the world imagined by George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-four was real? What if everything around you was black and white except for the red letters on propaganda signs? Where spies like Orwell's Thought Police s

Demick, Barbara

On China
Illustrations, maps, ports. 624

In 1971 Henry Kissinger took the historic step of reopening relations between China and the West, and since then has been more intimately connected with the country at the highest level than any other western figu

Kissinger, Henry A.

Opium War

In the 1800s Britain was making a mint selling Indian opium to China. In return, they were buying tea, silks and ceramics. When eventually China decided that the drug trade was ruining her people, the British declared war, declaring China 'p

Lovell, Julia

Penguin History of Modern China
Illustrationsstrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) 816

In 1850, China was the 'sick man of Asia'. Now it is set to become the most powerful nation on earth. The Penguin History of Modern China shows how turbulent that j

Fenby, Jonathan

Penguin History of Modern Vietnam

The Vietnamese are in the unusual situation of being both colonizers themselves and the victims of colonization by others. Their country expanded, shrunk, split and sometimes disappeared, often under circumstances way beyond their control. D

Goscha, Christopher E.

Phoenix Years
234(Ht mm) 153(Wdt mm) 360

'Amidst all the chatter about China lies this rock of a book, a magnificent memoir/ history from the very core of modern Chinese society and history. It's a wonderful thing where the essential book and the delightful b

O'Dea, Madeleine

Pretext for Mass Murder
8 illustrations, 3 maps 328

In the early morning hours of October 1, 1965, a group calling itself the September 30th Movement kidnapped and executed six generals of the Indonesian army, including its highest commander. The group claimed that it

Roosa, John

Restless Empire
maps 528

Over the past 250 years of momentous change and dramatic upheaval, China has proved itself to be a Restless Empire. Tracing China's course from the eighteenth-century Qing Dynasty to today's People's Republic, Restless Empire shows how

Westad, Odd Arne

Revolution in the City of Heroes

The battle of Surabaya looms large in the history of Indonesia. Yet the story of this battle is not well known outside of that nation. Based on the diary of 24-year-old Indonesian medical student Suhario Padmodiwiryo, Revolution in the City

Padmodiwiryo, Suhario, Palmos, Frank

River of Lost Footsteps
Paperback 400 pages.

Drawing both on the author's own family's stories and his years of hands-on political experience, this book offers an account of how the world might transform the Burma's future.

Myint-U, Thant

90 col 192

The world of the samurai, the legendary elite warrior cult of old Japan, has for too long been associated solely with military history and has largely remained a mystery. In this exciting new book, Stephen Turnbull, the world's leadin

Turnbull, Stephen

Paperback , 205 x 135mm. 329

Transformed from a swampland wilderness into a dazzling modern-day Babylon, the Shanghai that pre-dated Mao's cultural revolution was a city like no other: redolent with opium and underworld crime, booming with forei

Dong, Stella

Southeast Asia
208(Ht mm) 138(Wdt mm) 376

The first edition of Southeast Asia: An introductory history was published in 1979 and immediately filled a need for travellers and students interested in a tantalisingly different part of the world. Subsequent edition

Osborne, Milton

Two Koreas
black & white illustrations, maps 519

Ever since Korea was first divided at the end of World War II, the tension between its northern and southern halves has riveted--and threatened to embroil--the rest of the world. In this landmark history, no

Oberdorfer, Mr Don, Carlin, Robert

198 x 129mm. , Paperback , 198 x 129mm. 320

A many-layered account of the Tokyo subway gas attack in 1995, in which 12 people died, as told to the novelist Haruki Murakami by surviving victims and members and ex-members of the doomsday cult res

Murakami, Haruki

Voices from the Plain of Jars
Illustrations 176

During the Vietnam War the United States government waged a massive, secret air war in neighbouring Laos. Fred Branfman, an educational advisor living in Laos at the time, interviewed over 1,000 Laotian survivors. Shocked by wh

Branfman, Fred, McCoy, Alfred

Water Kingdom

A secret history of China - a fresh new way of thinking about a people, a civilisation, an epic story. The Water Kingdom takes us on a grand journey through China's past and present, offering a unique window through which we can begin to gra

Ball, Philip

White Mountain

Home to mythical kingdoms, wars and expeditions, and strange and magical beasts, the Himalayas have always loomed tall in our imagination. Overrun at different times by Buddhism, Taoism, shamanism, Islam and Christianity, they are a grand ce

Twigger, Robert