Asian Studies: 2015 CHOICE Recommended Titles

472015 CHOICE Recommended Titles

  • Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Democratization

    Edited by William Case

    Southeast Asia, an economically dynamic and strategically vital region, seemed until recently to be transiting to more democratic politics. This progress has suddenly stalled or even gone into reverse, requiring that analysts seriously rethink their expectations and theorizing. The Routledge…

    Hardback – 2015-04-20
    Routledge

  • Voices of East Asia

    Essential Readings from Antiquity to the Present

    By Margaret Childs, Nancy Hope

    Voices of East Asia provides significant yet accessible readings in translation chosen to stimulate interest in the long and rich cultural history of East Asia, the countries of China, Japan, and Korea. The readings range from ancient to modern, elite to popular, and include poetry, stories, essays…

    Paperback – 2015-03-18
    Routledge

  • National Identities in Soviet Historiography

    The Rise of Nations under Stalin

    By Harun Yilmaz

    Under Stalin’s totalitarian leadership of the USSR, Soviet national identities with historical narratives were constructed. These constructions envisaged how nationalities should see their imaginary common past, and millions of people defined themselves according to them. This book explains how and…

    Hardback – 2015-02-23
    Routledge
    Central Asia Research Forum

  • Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Economics

    Edited by Ian Coxhead

    The Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Economics offers new insights into the rapidly-developing economies of Southeast Asia. Despite widespread initial deprivation, Southeast Asia has achieved and sustained a remarkable rate of growth, in the course of which tens of millions have successfully…

    Hardback – 2014-12-18
    Routledge

  • Active Ageing in Asia

    Edited by Alan Walker, Christian Aspalter

    East Asian societies are changing rapidly, and one of the most important facets of this transformation is population the ageing. of society. "Active ageing" is one of the few concepts available today to effectively address the problems arising from a highly-aged and, particularly in East Asia,…

    Hardback – 2014-12-17
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Social Welfare in Asia

  • Chinese and Indian Warfare – From the Classical Age to 1870

    Edited by Kaushik Roy, Peter Lorge

    This book examines the differences and similarities between warfare in China and India before 1870, both conceptually and on the battlefield. By focusing on Chinese and Indian warfare, the book breaks the intellectual paradigm requiring non-Western histories and cultures to be compared to the West,…

    Hardback – 2014-12-17
    Routledge
    Asian States and Empires

  • Reshaping City Governance

    London, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad

    By Nirmala Rao

    India’s cities are in the midst of an unprecedented urban expansion. While India is acknowledged as a rising power, poised to emerge into the front rank of global economies, the pace and scale of its urbanisation calls for more effective metropolitan management if that growth is not to be…

    Hardback – 2014-11-24
    Routledge
    Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

  • New Chinese-Language Documentaries

    Ethics, Subject and Place

    By Kuei-fen Chiu, Yingjin Zhang

    Documentary filmmaking is one of the most vibrant areas of media activity in the Chinese world, with many independent filmmakers producing documentaries that deal with a range of sensitive socio-political problems, bringing to their work a strongly ethical approach. This book identifies notable…

    Hardback – 2014-11-10
    Routledge
    Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia Series

  • Love and Marriage in Globalizing China

    By Wang Pan

    As China globalizes, the number of marriages between Chinese people and foreigners is increasing. These Chinese--foreign marriages have profound implications for China’s cultural identity. This book, based on extensive original research, outlines the different types of Chinese--foreign marriage,…

    Hardback – 2014-11-03
    Routledge
    ASAA Women in Asia Series

  • Chinese Television in the Twenty-First Century

    Entertaining the Nation

    Edited by Ruoyun Bai, Geng Song

    The past two decades witnessed the rise of television entertainment in China. Although television networks are still state-owned and Party-controlled in China, the ideological landscape of television programs has become increasingly diverse and even paradoxical, simultaneously subservient and…

    Hardback – 2014-09-04
    Routledge
    Routledge Contemporary China Series

  • Japan's Modern History, 1857-1937

    A New Political Narrative

    By Junji Banno

    Over the course of the period 1857 to 1937 in Japan, six distinct stages can be identified as the country moved from Shogun rule and its subsequent overthrow, from industrialisation and investment to the Meiji Constitution and then from Taishō democracy to Shōwa fascism. In this book, Junji Banno…

    Hardback – 2014-08-12
    Routledge
    Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

  • Public Health and National Reconstruction in Post-War Asia

    International Influences, Local Transformations

    Edited by Liping Bu, Ka-che Yip

    This book, based on extensive original research, considers the transformation of public health systems in major East, South and Southeast Asian countries in the period following the Second World War. It examines how public health concepts, policies, institutions and practices were improved, shows…

    Hardback – 2014-08-11
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

  • Xinjiang and the Expansion of Chinese Communist Power

    Kashgar in the Early Twentieth Century

    By Michael Dillon

    Xinjiang, China's far northwestern province where the majority of the population are Muslim Uyghurs, was for most of its history contested territory. On the Silk Road, a region of overlapping cultures, the province was virtually independent until the late nineteenth century, nominally part of the…

    Hardback – 2014-06-22
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

  • Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health in Asia

    Edited by Siân M. Griffiths, Jin Ling Tang, Eng Kiong Yeoh

    Global public health is of growing concern to most governments and populations, nowhere more so than in Asia, the world’s largest and most populous continent. Whilst major advances have been made in controlling infectious diseases through public health measures as well as clinical medical…

    Hardback – 2014-04-04
    Routledge

  • The Dragon and the Eagle

    The Rise and Fall of the Chinese and Roman Empires

    By Sunny Auyang

    This stimulating, uniquely organized, and wonderfully readable comparison of ancient Rome and China offers provocative insights to students and general readers of world history. The book's narrative is clear, completely jargon-free, strikingly independent, and addresses the complete cycles of two…

    Paperback – 2014-03-28
    Routledge

  • Military Force and Elite Power in the Formation of Modern China

    By Edward A. McCord

    The China we know today emerged at the end of a long period of internal rebellions, civil wars, foreign invasions, and revolutionary insurrections that stretched across the nineteenth century to the mid-point of the twentieth. This book explores one important consequence of this situation—the…

    Hardback – 2014-01-16
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

  • Social Inequality in Japan

    By Sawako Shirahase

    Japan was the first Asian country to become a mature industrial society, and throughout the 1970s and the 1980s, was viewed as an ‘all-middle-class society’. However since the 1990s there have been growing doubts as to the real degree of social equality in Japan, particularly in the context of…

    Hardback – 2013-12-11
    Routledge
    Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

  • Chinese Middle Classes

    Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, and China

    Edited by Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao

    The formation and characteristics of a nation’s middle class are shaped by historical context and the developmental path that has been followed. However, can the same be said of the ethnic Chinese middle classes in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Macao? Given the divergent political and economic…

    Hardback – 2013-12-05
    Routledge
    Routledge Contemporary China Series

  • Environmental History in East Asia

    Interdisciplinary Perspectives

    Edited by Tsui-jung Liu

    As environmental history has developed as growing sub-discipline within the study of history, great emphasis has been placed on the importance of adopting an interdisciplinary approach. Indeed, as Environmental History in East Asia shows, by drawing on research and methodologies from the fields of…

    Hardback – 2013-12-05
    Routledge
    Academia Sinica on East Asia

  • China

    How the Empire Fell

    Edited by Joseph W. Esherick, C.X. George Wei

    The Qing dynasty was China’s last, and it created an empire of unprecedented size and prosperity. However in 1911 the empire collapsed within a few short months, and China embarked on a revolutionary course that lasted through most of the twentieth century. The 1911 Revolution ended two millennia…

    Hardback – 2013-12-03
    Routledge
    Asia's Transformations

  • Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan

    Edited by Jeff Kingston

    This book provides undergraduate and graduate students with an interdisciplinary compendium written by a number of leading specialists on contemporary Japan. Chapters reflect the standards of rigorous scholarly work, but also exceed them in their accessibility of language and engagement with…

    Paperback – 2013-12-02
    Routledge

  • Documentary, World History, and National Power in the PRC

    Global Rise in Chinese Eyes

    By Gotelind Mueller

    Documentaries have recently become a favourite format for Chinese state-directed media to present an officially sanctioned view of history. Indeed, this is not confined to Chinese national history. In stark contrast to the earlier self-centred preoccupation with Chinese history, there has been an…

    Hardback – 2013-11-01
    Routledge
    Chinese Worlds

  • Schoolgirls, Money and Rebellion in Japan

    By Sharon Kinsella

    Japanese society in the 1990s and 2000s produced a range of complicated material about sexualized schoolgirls, and few topics have caught the imagination of western observers so powerfully. While young Japanese girls had previously been portrayed as demure and obedient, in training to become the…

    Paperback – 2013-10-24
    Routledge
    Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

  • Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History

    Edited by Norman G. Owen

    The study of the history of Southeast Asia is still growing, evolving, deepening and changing as an academic field. Over the past few decades historians have added nuance to traditional topics such as Islam and nationalism, and created new ones, such as gender, globalization and the politics of…

    Hardback – 2013-09-23
    Routledge

  • Religious Pluralism, State and Society in Asia

    Edited by Chiara Formichi

    Taking a critical approach to the concept of ‘religious pluralism’, this book examines the dynamics of religious co-existence in Asia as they are directly addressed by governments, or indirectly managed by groups and individuals. It looks at the quality of relations that emerge in encounters among…

    Hardback – 2013-09-10
    Routledge
    Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia Series

  • Contemporary Chinese Print Media

    Cultivating Middle Class Taste

    By Zheng Yi

    This book examines the transformations in form, genre, and content of contemporary Chinese print media. It describes and analyses the role of post-reform social stratification in the media, focusing particularly on how the changing practices and institutions of the industry correspond to and…

    Hardback – 2013-09-03
    Routledge
    Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia Series

  • The Military Collapse of China's Ming Dynasty, 1618-44

    By Kenneth M. Swope

    This book examines the military collapse of China’s Ming Dynasty to a combination of foreign and domestic foes. The Ming’s defeat was a highly surprising development, not least because as recently as in the 1590s the Ming had managed to defeat a Japanese force considered to be perhaps the most…

    Hardback – 2013-08-22
    Routledge
    Asian States and Empires

  • Youth and Internet Addiction in China

    By Trent Bax

    A form of 'electronic opium' is how some people have characterised young people’s internet use in China. The problem of 'internet addiction' (wangyin) is seen by some parents as so severe that they have sought psychiatric help for their children. This book, which is based on extensive original…

    Hardback – 2013-08-06
    Routledge
    Routledge Culture, Society, Business in East Asia Series

  • Technology, Gender and History in Imperial China

    Great Transformations Reconsidered

    By Francesca Bray

    What can the history of technology contribute to our understanding of late imperial China? Most stories about technology in pre-modern China follow a well-worn plot: in about 1400 after an early ferment of creativity that made it the most technologically sophisticated civilisation in the world,…

    Paperback – 2013-06-07
    Routledge
    Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

  • Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West

    Between Mind and Body

    Edited by Geoffrey Samuel, Jay Johnston

    Subtle-body practices are found particularly in Indian, Indo-Tibetan and East Asian societies, but have become increasingly familiar in Western societies, especially through the various healing and yogic techniques and exercises associated with them. This book explores subtle-body practices from a…

    Hardback – 2013-03-22
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy

  • The Role of American NGOs in China's Modernization

    Invited Influence

    By Norton Wheeler

    In the waning years of the Cold War, the United States and China began to cautiously engage in cultural, educational, and policy exchanges, which in turn strengthened new security and economic ties. These links have helped shape the most important bilateral relationship in the late-twentieth and…

    Hardback – 2012-10-01
    Routledge
    Asia's Transformations

  • Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan

    Response and Recovery after Japan's 3/11

    Edited by Jeff Kingston

    The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan plunged the country into a state of crisis. As the nation struggled to recover from a record breaking magnitude 9 earthquake and a tsunami that was as high as thirty-eight meters in some places, news trickled out that Fukushima had experienced…

    Paperback – 2012-03-02
    Routledge
    Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

  • Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Politics

    Edited by Richard Robison

    This Handbook provides a comprehensive analysis of the major themes that have defined the politics of Southeast Asia. It provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge examination of this important subject. The introductory chapter provides an overview of the theoretical and ideological themes that have…

    Hardback – 2011-12-16
    Routledge

  • The Spread of Tibetan Buddhism in China

    Charisma, Money, Enlightenment

    By Dan Smyer Yu

    Focusing on contemporary Tibetan Buddhist revivals in the Tibetan regions of the Sichuan and Qinghai Provinces in China, this book explores the intricate entanglements of the Buddhist revivals with cultural identity, state ideology, and popular imagination of Tibetan Buddhist spirituality in…

    Hardback – 2011-09-29
    Routledge
    Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

  • Japan's Postwar

    Edited by Michael Lucken, Anne Bayard-Sakai, Emmanuel Lozerand

    Historical surveys of postwar Japan are usually established on the grounds that the era is already over, interpreting "postwar" to be the years directly proceeding World War II. However, the contributors to this book take a unique approach to the concept of the postwar epoch and treat it as a…

    Hardback – 2011-09-07
    Routledge
    Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

  • Writing India, Writing English

    Literature, Language, Location

    By G. J. V. Prasad

    The essays in this book look at the interaction between English and other Indian languages and focus on the pressure of languages on writers and on each other. Divided into two parts, the first part of the book deals with the pressure that English language has exerted, and continues to exert, in…

    Hardback – 2011-08-31
    Routledge India

  • The Chinese/Vietnamese Diaspora

    Revisiting the boat people

    Edited by Yuk Wah Chan

    Over three decades have passed since the first wave of Indochinese refugees left their homelands. These refugees, mainly the Vietnamese, fled from war and strife in search of a better life elsewhere. By investigating the Vietnamese diaspora in Asia, this book sheds new light on the Asian refugee…

    Hardback – 2011-08-24
    Routledge
    Routledge Contemporary Asia Series

  • Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine

    Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China

    By Marta Hanson

    This book traces the history of the Chinese concept of "Warm diseases" (wenbing) from antiquity to the SARS epidemic. Following wenbing from its birth to maturity and even life in modern times Marta Hanson approaches the history of Chinese medicine from a new angle. She explores the possibility of…

    Hardback – 2011-07-01
    Routledge
    Needham Research Institute Series

  • Routledge Handbook of South Asian Economics

    Edited by Raghbendra Jha

    The Routledge Handbook of South Asian Economics addresses the recent economic transformation in South Asia. Leading experts in the field look at the major economic achievements and challenges for the region and examine why economic development across the South Asia region has diverged so…

    Hardback – 2011-06-14
    Routledge

  • China, Oil and Global Politics

    By Philip Andrews-Speed, Roland Dannreuther

    China’s rapid economic growth has led to a huge increase in its domestic energy needs. This book provides a critical overview of how China’s growing need for oil imports is shaping its international economic and diplomatic strategy and how this affects global political relations and behaviour.…

    Hardback – 2011-05-10
    Routledge
    Routledge Contemporary China Series

  • Traversing Tradition

    Celebrating Dance in India

    Edited by Urmimala Sarkar Munsi, Stephanie Burridge

    Dance occupies a prestigious place in Indian performing arts, yet it curiously, to a large extent, has remained outside the arena of academic discourse. This book documents and celebrates the emergence of contemporary dance practice in India. Incorporating a multidisciplinary approach, it includes…

    Hardback – 2011-04-26
    Routledge India
    Celebrating Dance in Asia and the Pacific

  • War, Culture and Society in Early Modern South Asia, 1740-1849

    By Kaushik Roy

    This book argues that the role of the British East India Company in transforming warfare in South Asia has been overestimated. Although it agrees with conventional wisdom that, before the British, the nature of Indian society made it difficult for central authorities to establish themselves fully…

    Hardback – 2011-03-29
    Routledge
    Asian States and Empires

  • The Politics of Community Building in Urban China

    By Thomas Heberer, Christian Göbel

    This book aims to make sense of the recent reform of neighbourhood institutions in urban China. It builds on the observation that the late 1990s saw a comeback of the state in urban China after the increased economization of life in the 1980s had initially forced it to withdraw. Based on several…

    Hardback – 2011-03-29
    Routledge
    Chinese Worlds

  • Leisure and Power in Urban China

    Everyday life in a Chinese city

    By Unn Målfrid Rolandsen

    Leisure and Power in Urban China is the first comprehensive study of leisure activities in a medium size Chinese city. Hitherto, studies of Chinese leisure have focused on holidays, festivals and tourism. This, however, is a study of the kinds of leisure that take place on regular workdays in a…

    Hardback – 2011-03-24
    Routledge
    Routledge Contemporary China Series

  • Xinjiang and China's Rise in Central Asia - A History

    By Michael E. Clarke

    The recent conflict between indigenous Uyghurs and Han Chinese demonstrates that Xinjiang is a major trouble spot for China, with Uyghur demands for increased autonomy, and where Beijing’s policy is to more firmly integrate the province within China. This book provides an account of how China’s…

    Hardback – 2011-02-28
    Routledge
    Routledge Contemporary China Series

  • The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics

    Edited by Alisa Gaunder

    The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics is an advanced level reference guide which surveys the current state of Japanese politics, featuring both traditional topics and cutting edge research. The volume is divided into five sections covering: domestic politics civil society social policy…

    Hardback – 2011-02-24
    Routledge

  • The Media, Cultural Control and Government in Singapore

    By Terence Lee

    This book explores this inherent contradiction present in most facets of Singaporean media, cultural and political discourses, and identifies the key regulatory strategies and technologies that the ruling People Action Party (PAP) employs to regulate Singapore media and culture, and thus govern the…

    Hardback – 2010-05-05
    Routledge
    Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia Series