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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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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; ...

Alfred Raquez and the French Experience of the Far East, 1898-1906

Alfred Raquez and the French Experience of the Far East, 1898-1906

1st Edition

By William L. Gibson
May 31, 2023

A Study of an Enigmatic Travel Writer and His Work in Colonial Asia during the fin de siècle. In 1898, a man calling himself Alfred Raquez appeared in Indochina claiming to be a writer travelling the world to escape unfathomable sorrows back home in France. He published thousands of pages of highly...

Chinese Theatre Troupes in Southeast Asia Touring Diaspora, 1900s–1970s

Chinese Theatre Troupes in Southeast Asia: Touring Diaspora, 1900s–1970s

1st Edition

By Beiyu Zhang
May 31, 2023

A detailed account of the cultural history of the Chinese diaspora, with a focus on the performers and audiences who were involved in the making of Chinese performing cultures in Southeast Asia. Focusing on five different kinds of theatre troupes from China and their respective travels in Singapore...

Chineseness and the Cold War Contested Cultures and Diaspora in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong

Chineseness and the Cold War: Contested Cultures and Diaspora in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong

1st Edition

Edited By Jeremy E. Taylor, Lanjun Xu
May 31, 2023

This book explores contested notions of "Chineseness" in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong during the Cold War, showing how competing ideas about "Chineseness" were an important ideological factor at play in the region. After providing an overview of the scholarship on "Chineseness" and "diaspora", the ...

Cold War Cities The Politics of Space in Europe and Asia during the 1950s

Cold War Cities: The Politics of Space in Europe and Asia during the 1950s

1st Edition

Edited By Tze-ki Hon
May 31, 2023

This book is a dynamic study of the range of experiences of the Cold War in Europe, East Asia and Southeast Asia in the 20th century. Comprised of ten chapters from a diverse team of scholars from Europe, East Asia, and North America, this edited volume furthers the study of the Cold War in two ...

Memories of the Japanese Empire Comparison of the Colonial and Decolonisation Experiences in Taiwan and Nan’yo-gunto

Memories of the Japanese Empire: Comparison of the Colonial and Decolonisation Experiences in Taiwan and Nan’yo-gunto

1st Edition

Edited By Yuko Mio
May 31, 2023

The contributors to this book examine and compare the colonial and decolonisation experiences of people in Taiwan and Nan’yō Guntō – Micronesia – who underwent periods of rule by the Greater Japanese Empire. Early anthropological theory of Western imperialist countries focused on transforming '...

Neo-Confucianism and Science in Korea Humanity and Nature, 1706-1814

Neo-Confucianism and Science in Korea: Humanity and Nature, 1706-1814

1st Edition

By Sang-ho Ro
May 31, 2023

Historians of late premodern Korea have tended to regard it as a hermit kingdom, isolated from its neighbours and the wider world. In fact, as Ro argues in this book, Korean intellectuals were heavily influenced by both Chinese Neo-Confucianism and the European Enlightenment in the late 18th and ...

End of Empire Migrants in East Asia Repatriates, Returnees and Finding Home

End of Empire Migrants in East Asia: Repatriates, Returnees and Finding Home

1st Edition

Edited By Svetlana Paichadze, Jonathan Bull
April 28, 2023

This book provides an interdisciplinary study about the migration of approximately 9 million people who became end of empire migrants in East Asia following the collapse of the Japanese Empire in 1945. Through the collection of first-hand testimonies and examination of four key themes, the book ...

Beer in East Asia A Political Economy

Beer in East Asia: A Political Economy

1st Edition

Edited By Paul Chambers, Nithi Nuangjamnong
March 17, 2023

Chambers, Nuangjamnong, and their contributors look at how the development of the beer industry in East Asia presents a unique opportunity for understanding the region’s political economy. Asia is both the world’s largest beer-consuming and beer-producing region, and the fastest growing beer market...

Fighting Japan's Cold War Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and His Times

Fighting Japan's Cold War: Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and His Times

1st Edition

By Ryuji Hattori
March 13, 2023

Yasuhiro Nakasone, who served as prime minister for more than five years in the 1980s, was one of Japan’s leading postwar politicians. This book is a biography of him, but by interweaving international politics and media appraisals of him, it also serves as an examination of Japan’s postwar ...

Reassessing Lee Kuan Yew's Strategic Thought

Reassessing Lee Kuan Yew's Strategic Thought

1st Edition

By Ang Cheng Guan
March 13, 2023

Building on the author’s 2012 book, Lee Kuan Yew’s Strategic Thought, this new book presents a comprehensive overview of Lee Kuan Yew’s strategic thought over the course of his entire life. It analyses the factors underlying Lee Kuan Yew’s thinking, discusses his own writings and speeches, and ...

Women in Asia under the Japanese Empire

Women in Asia under the Japanese Empire

1st Edition

Edited By Tatsuya Kageki, Jiajia Yang
March 10, 2023

Contributors to this book provide an Asian women’s history from the perspective of gender analysis, assessing Japanese imperial policy and propaganda in its colonies and occupied territories and particularly its impact on women. Tackling topics including media, travel, migration, literature, and ...

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