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Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia


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During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Histories of Children and Childhood in Meiji Japan

Histories of Children and Childhood in Meiji Japan

1st Edition

Edited By Christian Galan, Harald Salomon
February 29, 2024

This book bridges the gap between historical research on Japan and the field of childhood history by writing children and childhood into the general historical record of the Meiji period. To explore the widely varying circumstances of childhood during the Japanese transition to modernity, the ...

Coalition Navies during the Korean War Understanding Combined Naval Operations

Coalition Navies during the Korean War: Understanding Combined Naval Operations

1st Edition

Edited By Ian Bowers
February 13, 2024

This book presents a detailed assessment of the role of navies in the Korean War. It highlights that, despite being predominantly a land war, navies played a vital part. Moreover, the naval war was not solely a U.S. operation. Smaller navies from many countries made important contributions both in ...

Cultures of Memory in Asia Dynamics and Forms of Memorialization

Cultures of Memory in Asia: Dynamics and Forms of Memorialization

1st Edition

Edited By Chieh-Hsiang Wu
January 29, 2024

A collection of works by Asian scholars looking at different ways in which relatively recent traumas have been memorialized in their various countries, often while the traumas themselves are ongoing, or the memories of them contested. Memory studies typically focuses on the study of ...

Japan in Upheaval The Origins, Dynamics and Political Outcome of the 1960 Anti-US Treaty Protests

Japan in Upheaval: The Origins, Dynamics and Political Outcome of the 1960 Anti-US Treaty Protests

1st Edition

By Dagfinn Gatu
January 29, 2024

This book examines the widespread protests which took place in Japan in 1960 against the renewal of the US-Japan Security Treaty and assesses their far-reaching impact. It emphasizes the scale of the protests, at the climax of which hundreds of thousands of protestors surrounded Japan's National ...

Japanese Diplomacy and East Asian International Politics, 1918–1931

Japanese Diplomacy and East Asian International Politics, 1918–1931

1st Edition

By Ryuji Hattori
January 12, 2024

This book provides an overall picture of East Asian international politics during the early interwar period and examines the various foreign policy trends of the major powers involved, including Japan, China, Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union. Based on extensive original research, it...

Pandemics in Singapore, 1819–2022 Lessons for the Age of COVID-19

Pandemics in Singapore, 1819–2022: Lessons for the Age of COVID-19

1st Edition

By Kah Seng Loh, Li Yang Hsu
November 22, 2023

Singapore has faced many pandemics over the centuries, from plague, smallpox and cholera to influenza and novel coronaviruses. By examining how different governments responded, this book considers what we can learn from their experiences. Public health strategies in the city-state were often ...

Nationalism and Decolonisation in Singapore The Malayan Generation, 1953 – 1963

Nationalism and Decolonisation in Singapore: The Malayan Generation, 1953 – 1963

1st Edition

By Thum Ping Tjin
September 29, 2023

Nationalism and Decolonisation in Singapore analyses Singapore’s decolonisation movement between 1953 and 1963 and provides a framework to understand the deepest and most important unresolved conflicts in Singaporean society. This book demonstrates how these conflicts stem from four unresolved ...

China-Japan Rapprochement and the United States In the Wake of Nixon's Visit to Beijing

China-Japan Rapprochement and the United States: In the Wake of Nixon's Visit to Beijing

1st Edition

By Ryuji Hattori
September 25, 2023

Based on extensive original research including interviews with key participants, this book examines how, following Richard Nixon’s famous visit to China in 1972, Japan established formal diplomatic relations with China, doing so before the United States and other Western countries. It considers the...

Rice and Industrialisation in Asia

Rice and Industrialisation in Asia

1st Edition

By A. J. H. Latham
September 25, 2023

This book is about the introduction of modern power-driven rice milling to the main rice exporting countries of Burma (Myanmar), Siam (Thailand) and French Indo-China (Vietnam) from 1869. Rich in historical and empirical sources, the book draws extensively from the London Rice Brokers’ Association...

Competing Imperialisms in Northeast Asia New Perspectives, 1894-1953

Competing Imperialisms in Northeast Asia: New Perspectives, 1894-1953

1st Edition

Edited By Aglaia De Angeli, Peter Robinson, Peter O’Connor, Emma Reisz, Reiko Tsuchiya
September 08, 2023

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Japan, China, and both Tsarist Russia and later the USSR, vied for imperial dominance in Northeast Asia. In the process, they contested and at the same time adopted many of the physical and rhetorical features of Old-World imperialism, mitigated...

Revisiting Colonialism and Colonial Labour The South Asian Working Class in British Malaya

Revisiting Colonialism and Colonial Labour: The South Asian Working Class in British Malaya

1st Edition

Edited By Sivachandralingam Sundara Raja, Shivalinggam Raymond
July 31, 2023

This book argues that the prevailing view of colonialism – that it was a negative and destructive phenomenon – needs to be rethought. It focuses on the experiences of the South Indian working class, large numbers of which came to Malaya in the early years of the twentieth century, emigrating from ...

The Asia Pacific War Impact, Legacy, and Reconciliation

The Asia Pacific War: Impact, Legacy, and Reconciliation

1st Edition

By Yasuko Claremont
July 31, 2023

This book examines key aspects of the Asia Pacific War (1931–1945), that was initially waged between Japan and China, before Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor drew in the U.S.-led allied forces from 1941 to 1945. Part I of the book examines three interlocking components, the origins of the war; ...

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