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While dozens of recent books and articles have predicted the near-certainty of China’s rise to global supremacy, this book boldly counters such widely-held assumptions. Timothy Beardson brings to light the daunting array of challenges that today confront China, as well as the inadequacy of the responses.
An honest and enlightening critique that addresses issues crucial to Japan's future.
Andrew Palmer here provides the historical background to the new piracy.
Weaving together their time as British Communists as well as their experiences in China and North Korea, this book gives an overview of Communism in action.
Two Beijing-based journalists have travelled the globe to meet the many ordinary Chinese people who, through hard work, ingenuity or ruthlessness, often in terrible conditions, are remaking the developing world.
During WW II Eric Lomax was subjected to torture by his Japanese captors. Years later he was to come face to face with the man responsible for his suffering.
An in-depth look at the strategy and tactics of the visionary commander who beat the United States in the Vietnam War.
How accurate is the picture of the China that we know? Ben Chu argues the notion that we may all be engaged in a grand game of 'Chinese Whispers', resulting in a surprising and penetrating insight into modern China.
In 2011 the National Army Museum conducted a poll to decide who merited the title of 'Britain's Greatest General'. In the end two men shared the honour. One, predictably, was the Duke of Wellington. The other was Bill Slim.
Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826) was the charismatic and persuasive founder of Singapore and Governor of Java. An English adventurer, disobedient employee of the East India Company, utopian imperialist, linguist, zoologist and civil servant, he carved an extraordinary (though brief) life for himself in South East Asia.
In late 1944 when Allied aircraft began bombing the coastal towns of Sandakan and Jesselton, the Japanese resolved to abandon the prison camp and move the prisoners 250 miles inland to Ranau. The journey there became known as the Sandakan Death marches. Of the thousand plus prisoners who set out on the epic marches, only six survived.
In her second biography, Anchee Min recounts the tragic events of her past, explores how they have made her who she is today and emphasises the significance of her daughter in this captivating journey.
Former White House adviser Victor Cha pulls back the curtain on the world's most isolated country to provide an unprecedented and timely insight into North Korea's history, present and future.
In Rana Mitter's tense, moving and hugely important book, the war between China and Japan - one of the most important struggles of the Second World War - at last gets the masterly history it deserves.
Green Politics in China is an illuminating and detailed investigation which provides crucial insights into how China is both changing internally and emerging as a powerful player in global environmental politics.
The global crash has dramatically changed the world's balance of power. America, once the world's hyper-power, is in retreat and mired in debt. Europe confronts a similar fate and with weaker animal spirits for help. But China's rise seems unstoppable. The Asian century, long predicted, is arriving 20 years faster than expected.
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 journey has been.
Situated north of the Himalayas, Tibet is famous for its unique culture and its controversial assimilation into modern China. Yet Tibet in the twenty-first century can only be properly understood in the context of its extraordinary history.
The history of Ninja over 1,000 years.
Based on interviews with the police about his imprisonment and intentions, Hanging Man is an exploration of the most famous living Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei, who spoke out against the world's greatest totalitarian regime and touched millions with his beautiful and mysterious artwork.
Our planet's resources are running out. The media bombards us with constant warnings of impending shortages of fossil fuels, minerals, arable land, and water and the political Armageddon that will result as insatiable global demand far outstrips supply. But how true is this picture?
Heavens on Earth investigates countries which succeeded in creating mass prosperity and draws lessons from those successes for the post-credit crunch world.
American critics who deeply fear a "China threat" have unduly influenced government policy. "China hawks" believe China intends to push the United States out of Asia and dominate the world. Protectionists argue that China threatens American jobs and prosperity.
In the 1990s China embarked on a series of political reforms intended to increase, however modestly, political participation to reduce the abuse of power by local officials. Although there was initial progress, these reforms have largely stalled and, in many cases, gone backward. If there were sufficient incentives to inaugurate reform, why wasn't there enough momentum to continue and deepen them?
Japan is one of the world’s most important societies, yet remains one of the least understood. This book is designed to fill the gap for a concise but thought-provoking introduction to all as...
India Today is a comprehensive and compelling text for students of South Asia, political economy, development and comparative politics as well as anyone interested in the future of the world's largest democracy.
Newly updated version including analysis of the once-in-a-decade leadership changes taking place in November 2012
For two years, journalist Hsiao-Hung Pai traveled across China to uncover the exploitation of workers. What she finds is a peasantry expected to sacrifice itself for the sake of national glory - just as it was under Mao.
‘China in Ten Words captures the heart of the Chinese people in an intimate, profound and often disturbing way. If you think you know China, you will be challenged to think again. If you don’t know China, you will be introduced to a country that is unlike anything you have heard from travellers or read about in the news’ Wall Street Journal
North Korea is Orwell’s 1984 made reality: it is the only country in the world not connected to the internet; Gone with the Wind is a dangerous, banned book; during political rallies, spies s...
Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani (1879–1957) was a political activist, Islamic scholar, and supporter of Gandhi during the struggle for India’s independence. Humane and fiercely dedicated whether campa...
China and the planet are at a pivotal moment; the path towards a more sustainable development model is still open. But - as Shapiro persuasively argues - making this choice will require humility, creativity, and a rejection of business as usual. The window of opportunity will not be open much longer.
With 35 million workers laid off from the state-owned sector in China this book explains why these lay-offs occurred
Landry explores how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) manages local officials in order to meet these goals and perpetuate an unusually decentralized authoritarian regime.
A comprehensive study of Japan's history, updated to include the author's assesment of the recent earthquake and tsunami and the ramifications of the Fukushima meltdown
The catastrophic story of the Taiping Rebellion, the bloodiest civil war in history.
A new take on the life of Burma's famous freedom fighter.
This balanced analysis replaces rhetoric with evidence and argument. It provides a much–needed perspective on current debates about China′s growing power and it will contribute to a constructive dialogue between China and the West.
This profound, far-sighted book explains for the first time the deeper meaning of China's rise to power.
In this compelling and lucid account based on years of research and first-hand experience, Jonathan Fenby links together the myriad features of today's China.
A frightening wake-up call regarding the surging economic strength of China and how the Chinese are quickly strategising to overtake the United States as the premier economic power in the world today.
Drawing on practices and theories of environmental justice, 'China's responsibility for climate change' describes China's contribution to global warming and analyzes its policy responses. Contribut...
In this comprehensive comparative analysis of the transpacific alliance and its political, economic, and social foundations, Kent Calder, a leading Japan specialist, asserts that bilateral relations between the two countries are dangerously eroding as both seek broader options in a globally oriented world.
The incredible story of a Wall Street banker who went to China with $400,000,000 and learned the hard way how (not) to do business there . . .
China constitutes a fifth of the world’s population. Over the last twenty years its economy has doubled to make it the fifth largest economy in the world; if the pace is repeated over the nex...