12 Jul 2020

Category: Asia

Asia

The New Pakistani Middle Class 

Pakistan’s presence in the outside world is dominated by images of religious extremism and violence. These images―and the narratives that interpret them―inform events in the international realm, but they also twist back around to shape local class politics. In The New Pakistani Middle Class, Ammara…

Asia

Indochina Now and Then 

Follow George Fetherling as he travels through Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia looking for any remaining traces of the Indochina that was. In Indochina Now and Then, George Fetherling recounts multiple journeys through Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, keeping an eye peeled and an ear cocked for…

Asia

Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction 

Japan is arguably today’s most successful industrial economy, combining almost unprecedented affluence with social stability and apparent harmony. Japanese goods and cultural products–from animated movies and computer games to cars, semiconductors, and management techniques–are consumed around the world. In many ways, Japan is an icon…

Asia

India After Independence 1947-2000 

This volume, a sequel to the best-selling India’s Struggle for Independence, analyses the challenges India has faced and the successes it has achieved over the last five decades, in the light of its colonial legacy and the century-long struggle for freedom. The book describes how…

Asia

Empires of Panic: Epidemics and Colonial Anxieties 

Empires of Panic is the first book to explore how panics have been historically produced, defined, and managed across different colonial, imperial, and post-imperial settings―from early nineteenth-century East Asia to twenty-first-century America. Contributors consider panic in relation to colonial anxieties, rumors, indigenous resistance, and crises,…

Asia

Samurai: A Concise History 

The idea of the sword-wielding samurai, beholden to a strict ethical code and trained in deadly martial arts, dominates popular conceptions of the samurai. As early as the late seventeenth century, they were heavily featured in literature, art, theater, and even comedy, from the Tale…

Asia

The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism: Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868-1961 (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University) 

This innovative study demonstrates how Japanese empire-builders invented and appropriated the discourse of overpopulation to justify Japanese settler colonialism across the Pacific. Lu defines this overpopulation discourse as ‘Malthusian expansionism’. This was a set of ideas that demanded additional land abroad to accommodate the supposed…