Top Asian History Ebooks

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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - Jack Weatherford Cover Art

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

New York Times Bestseller • The startling true history of how one extraordinary man from a remote cornerof the world created an empire that led the world into the modern age. The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege. From the story of his rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this brilliant work of revisionist history is nothing less than the epic story of how the modern world was made.

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Ghost in the night - Jaci Zuni Cover Art

Ghost in the night

Ghost in the night by Jaci Zuni

At night, the darkness was so dense that it was breathless. Even this half-destroyed temple, standing quietly in the wilderness, seemed to be giving birth to a gloomy and terrifying atmosphere.

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The Mekong - Milton Osborne Cover Art

The Mekong

The Mekong Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future by Milton Osborne

A “remarkable” history of the great river of Southeast Asia ( Jill Ker Conway, author of The Road from Coorain ).   The Mekong River runs over nearly three thousand miles, beginning in the mountains of Tibet and flowing through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam before emptying into the China Sea. Its waters are the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, and first begot civilization on the fertile banks of its delta region at Oc Eo nearly two millennia ago.   This is the story of the peoples and cultures of the great river, from these obscure beginnings to the emergence of today’s independent nations. Drawing on research gathered over forty years, Milton Osborne traces the Mekong’s dramatic history through the rise and fall of civilizations and the era of colonization and exploration. He details the struggle for liberation during a twentieth century in which Southeast Asia has seen almost constant conflict, including two world wars, the Indochina War, the Vietnam War, and its bloody aftermath—and explores the prospects for peace and prosperity as the region enters a new millennium.   Along the way, he brings to life those who witnessed and shaped events along the river, including Chou Ta-kuan, the thirteenth-century Chinese envoy who recorded the glory of Angkor Wat, the capital of the Khmer Empire; the Iberian mercenaries Blas Ruiz and Diego Veloso, whose involvement in the intrigues of Cambodia’s royal family shook Southeast Asia’s politics in the sixteenth century; and the revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh, whose campaigns to liberate Vietnam from the French and unify the nation under communism changed the course of history.   “[A] pathbreaking, ecologically informed chronicle . . . A pulsating journey through the heart of Southeast Asia.” — Publishers Weekly

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The Anarchy - William Dalrymple Cover Art

The Anarchy

The Anarchy The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple

Finalist for the Cundill History Prize ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal and NPR "Superb … A vivid and richly detailed story … worth reading by everyone." -The New York Times Book Review From the bestselling author of Return of a King, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country. In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London. The Anarchy tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power. Bronze Medal in the 2020 Arthur Ross Book Award

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Soul dream - Cheyenne Elsu Cover Art

Soul dream

Soul dream by Cheyenne Elsu

The darker the sky, the heavier the rain, the rain that shows no signs of stopping makes the roads in the mountains more rugged and difficult. The muddy ground and the branches and leaves knocked down by the wind and rain made the car unable to move forward at all.

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The lover under the moonlight - Ahusaka Miwok Cover Art

The lover under the moonlight

The lover under the moonlight by Ahusaka Miwok

The man-wolf family is the second kind of people living in this world. It can appear in both human and wolf appearances. The motor nerves are very developed, with handsome appearance and green eyes.

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Beautiful girl sucking blood - Awinita Hopi Cover Art

Beautiful girl sucking blood

Beautiful girl sucking blood by Awinita Hopi

The man beside him turned his head when he heard the sound, just to see the painful appearance of the middle-aged man. The man glanced at him with extremely disdain, a cold snort from the corner of his mouth, and turned his attention back to the magazine in his hand.

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Mood in the dream - Navajo Kanti Cover Art

Mood in the dream

Mood in the dream by Navajo Kanti

I vaguely remember the first time that the reincarnation messenger asked her blankly: "Pearl, what do you want to be reincarnated for? Boy or girl?"

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2012 Doomsday Fairy Author The Salted Fish - Miwok Abetzi Cover Art

2012 Doomsday Fairy Author The Salted Fish

2012 Doomsday Fairy Author The Salted Fish by Miwok Abetzi

Born in a family of modern practitioners, Zhu Peng did not like Taoist practice since he was a child. When he was an adult, he got rid of the shackles of the family and came to the outside world. With his clever mind, he bought himself a big family business.

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Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom - Stephen R. Platt Cover Art

Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom

Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War by Stephen R. Platt

A gripping account of China’s nineteenth-century Taiping Rebellion, one of the largest civil wars in history. Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom brims with unforgettable characters and vivid re-creations of massive and often gruesome battles—a sweeping yet intimate portrait of the conflict that shaped the fate of modern China.   The story begins in the early 1850s, the waning years of the Qing dynasty, when word spread of a major revolution brewing in the provinces, led by a failed civil servant who claimed to be the son of God and brother of Jesus. The Taiping rebels drew their power from the poor and the disenfranchised, unleashing the ethnic rage of millions of Chinese against their Manchu rulers. This homegrown movement seemed all but unstoppable until Britain and the United States stepped in and threw their support behind the Manchus: after years of massive carnage, all opposition to Qing rule was effectively snuffed out for generations. Stephen R. Platt recounts these events in spellbinding detail, building his story on two fascinating characters with opposing visions for China’s future: the conservative Confucian scholar Zeng Guofan, an accidental general who emerged as the most influential military strategist in China’s modern history; and Hong Rengan, a brilliant Taiping leader whose grand vision of building a modern, industrial, and pro-Western Chinese state ended in tragic failure.   This is an essential and enthralling history of the rise and fall of the movement that, a century and a half ago, might have launched China on an entirely different path into the modern world.

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When Asia Was the World - Stewart Gordon Cover Art

When Asia Was the World

When Asia Was the World Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the ""Riches of the ""East"" by Stewart Gordon

While European civilization stagnated in the "Dark Ages," Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of spiritual, commercial, and intellectual connections, the distant regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with trade, international diplomacy, and the exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a compelling and unique look at Asia from AD 700 to 1500-a time when Asia was the world-by relating the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers.

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The Honourable Company - John Keay Cover Art

The Honourable Company

The Honourable Company by John Keay

A history of the English East India company. During 200 years the East India Company grew from a loose association of Elizabethan tradesmen into "the grandest society of merchants in the universe". As a commercial enterprise it came to control half the world's trade and as a political entity it administered an embryonic empire. Without it there would have been no British India and no British Empire. In a tapestry ranging from Southern Africa to north-west America, and from the reign of Elizabeth I to that of Victoria, bizarre locations and roguish personality abound. From Bombay to Singapore and Hong Kong the political geography of today is, in some respects, the result of the Company. This book looks at the history of the East India Company. About the author John Keay is the author of four acclaimed histories: 'The Honourable Company', 'Last Post', about the imperial disengagement of the Far East; the two-volume 'Explorers of the Western Himalayas' and 'India: A History'. His books on India include 'India Discovered', 'Into India' and 'The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India was Mapped and Everest was Named'. John Keay is married with four children, lives in Scotland and is co-editor with Julia Keay of the 'Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland'.

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Cambodia's Curse - Joel Brinkley Cover Art

Cambodia's Curse

Cambodia's Curse The Modern History of a Troubled Land by Joel Brinkley

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes how Cambodia emerged from the harrowing years when a quarter of its population perished under the Khmer Rouge. A generation after genocide, Cambodia seemed on the surface to have overcome its history -- the streets of Phnom Penh were paved; skyscrapers dotted the skyline. But under this façe lies a country still haunted by its years of terror. Although the international community tried to rebuild Cambodia and introduce democracy in the 1990s, in the country remained in the grip of a venal government. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley learned that almost a half of Cambodians who lived through the Khmer Rouge era suffered from P.T.S.D. -- and had passed their trauma to the next generation. His extensive close-up reporting in Cambodia's Curse illuminates the country, its people, and the deep historical roots of its modern-day behavior.

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Born devil - Misu Navajo Cover Art

Born devil

Born devil by Misu Navajo

Huge oil candles hung around the old and gloomy Hades Hall. The light of the candles with slightly green flames swayed under the erratic cloudy wind. Under the warmth and shadow, only a large table was placed in the center, and there was a person behind the table. Wearing an official gown, he has a big square face with a full mouth, making the eyes embedded under the thick hair shining brightly in the dim light. No need to guess, it is the ruler of the underworld-Lord Yama.

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Beauty Poems - Cherokee Meli Cover Art

Beauty Poems

Beauty Poems by Cherokee Meli

The sun and rain moisturize the earth. The air after the rain is exceptionally fresh. The white curtains in front of the French windows are elegant. A man looks out the window with an indifferent expression, as if he is incompetent, seeing all the prosperity in front of him. "Have you really thought about it?"

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Ghost Baby Bride - Sinopa Black Cover Art

Ghost Baby Bride

Ghost Baby Bride by Sinopa Black

The Yangqing Temple, which is under the high moon and black wind, does not have the tranquility that the night should have. It only hears the screams of wolf dogs reverberating everywhere, and there are some roaring and laughing threats like monsters and ghosts.

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Eyes in the middle of the night - Sioux Honiahaka Cover Art

Eyes in the middle of the night

Eyes in the middle of the night by Sioux Honiahaka

Vampire, a kind of strange creature narrated by people in the streets and alleys. In the vivid descriptions of people, they are monsters, demons, the minions sent by Satan to destroy mankind, and the most sinister evil spirits in the deep hell.

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Can i still believe you - Algonquin Tuuwa Cover Art

Can i still believe you

Can i still believe you by Algonquin Tuuwa

"I've been so busy these two days. I don't have a damn good job. I also came over to ask about things that are too big. When I was in a meeting, I was all dumb and raised a bunch of people for nothing. It's a damn headache. ."

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Become a lover - Sikyatavo Algonquin Cover Art

Become a lover

Become a lover by Sikyatavo Algonquin

You can’t blame me for this. If you live like me when the grandma on the dinner table suddenly becomes an owl because of the sage in the soup, you will understand how important the so-called ordinary is.

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The Last Kings of Shanghai - Jonathan Kaufman Cover Art

The Last Kings of Shanghai

The Last Kings of Shanghai The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China by Jonathan Kaufman

"In vivid detail... examines the little-known history of two extraordinary dynasties." --The Boston Globe "Not just a brilliant, well-researched, and highly readable book about China's past, it also reveals the contingencies and ironic twists of fate in China's modern history." --LA Review of Books An epic, multigenerational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Shanghai, 1936. The Cathay Hotel, located on the city's famous waterfront, is one of the most glamorous in the world. Built by Victor Sassoon--billionaire playboy and scion of the Sassoon dynasty--the hotel hosts a who's who of global celebrities: Noel Coward has written a draft of Private Lives in his suite and Charlie Chaplin has entertained his wife-to-be. And a few miles away, Mao and the nascent Communist Party have been plotting revolution. By the 1930s, the Sassoons had been doing business in China for a century, rivaled in wealth and influence by only one other dynasty--the Kadoories. These two Jewish families, both originally from Baghdad, stood astride Chinese business and politics for more than 175 years, profiting from the Opium Wars; surviving Japanese occupation; courting Chiang Kai-shek; and losing nearly everything as the Communists swept into power. In The Last Kings of Shanghai, Jonathan Kaufman tells the remarkable history of how these families participated in an economic boom that opened China to the world, but remained blind to the country's deep inequality and to the political turmoil at their doorsteps. In a story stretching from Baghdad to Hong Kong to Shanghai to London, Kaufman enters the lives and minds of these ambitious men and women to forge a tale of opium smuggling, family rivalry, political intrigue, and survival. The book lays bare the moral compromises of the Kadoories and the Sassoons--and their exceptional foresight, success, and generosity. At the height of World War II, they joined together to rescue and protect eighteen thousand Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism. Though their stay in China started out as a business opportunity, the country became a home they were reluctant to leave, even on the eve of revolution. The lavish buildings they built and the booming businesses they nurtured continue to define Shanghai and Hong Kong to this day. As the United States confronts China's rise, and China grapples with the pressures of breakneck modernization and global power, the long-hidden odysseys of the Sassoons and the Kadoories hold a key to understanding the present moment.

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Hanayome - Lise Cheyenne Cover Art

Hanayome

Hanayome by Lise Cheyenne

Legend has it that there are five most flawless pearls in the world in the Yaochi of the heavens. These five pearls transform into a human form and form There are five fairies with different personalities.

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Fall in love with a vampire - Navajo Huata Cover Art

Fall in love with a vampire

Fall in love with a vampire by Navajo Huata

In the night swallowed by darkness, the full moon is the only light on the earth. It has gone through hundreds of millions of years, looking down at the earth from the distant starry sky, using some invisible mysterious force to influence the tidal currents, and pull each other with the earth’s magnetic field. , So people born in the same month have similar personalities. For example, Gemini people love freedom, Virgo people demand perfection, Scorpio people dare to love and hate... Astrology is born.

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Don't entangle - Sioux Chapawee Cover Art

Don't entangle

Don't entangle by Sioux Chapawee

Can't disperse. The emperor's imperial decree, unless the rivers were dried up overnight, and the four seasons ordered Tong Xian to drift away. for what?

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The soul under the moon - Hopi Wilu Cover Art

The soul under the moon

The soul under the moon by Hopi Wilu

Qingwuye Laoqiusheng Ganting Garden Flower Moon Black Autumn Yinhan Liao Zhai Volume One Volume Breaking Cen Silence, Lights Turning Green, Searching Shendong Ming in front of the window of Autumn is a common sight, and also dealing with foreign objects.

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Girl living in the mountain - Cheyenne Abetzi Cover Art

Girl living in the mountain

Girl living in the mountain by Cheyenne Abetzi

A puff of white smoke slowly emerged from the ancient well in the west wing of Weijiazhuang. Gradually, the white smoke turned into a human form, and a beautiful girl in white walked out of the white smoke.

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Love that can't be exchanged - Miwok Heskovizenako Cover Art

Love that can't be exchanged

Love that can't be exchanged by Miwok Heskovizenako

That night, the famous winding near the Chang Fa antique auction house to borrow a specially this century castle, as the annual auction site, in contrast to the quiet outdoors, clouds castle guests, conversation inevitably lavish show off, it belongs The noble world of high society.

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Winter can come - Algonquin Alosaka Cover Art

Winter can come

Winter can come by Algonquin Alosaka

This is a stone cell with filthy floors and invisible walls. What is particularly terrifying is that the suffocating blood almost fills the entire room-this is not used to imprison "people" place.

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Four cardinal vices - Matchitehew Algonquin Cover Art

Four cardinal vices

Four cardinal vices by Matchitehew Algonquin

This mansion is about two hundred miles away from the Imperial City of Jingshi, with Juma River in the west and Jingyu Mountain in the east. There is an anonymous temple on the mountainside, where visitors come and go, shading in sunny days, and sheltering from rain on rainy days.

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Evening night - Chua Cheyenne Cover Art

Evening night

Evening night by Chua Cheyenne

The yin and yang of heaven and earth have begun to turmoil, and there are cracks in the gates of all walks of life. Only the human world in it is unaware that it has refined the desires of the human heart and opened the door to all realms even more.

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The Complete Works of Sister Nivedita - Volume 4 - Sister Nivedita & Pravrajika Atmaprana Cover Art

The Complete Works of Sister Nivedita - Volume 4

The Complete Works of Sister Nivedita - Volume 4 by Sister Nivedita & Pravrajika Atmaprana

In the Complete Works of Sister Nivedita (in five volumes), comprising the illuminating lectures, writings, articles, books, and epistles etc, of the author, we find the author's marvelous intellect, her lyrical powers of expression, the intensity with which she held her beliefs and convictions, her capacity to see the soul of things straightaway, and above all, her love for India that overflowed all bounds. Her deep study of Indian literature combined with her keen intellect, a large heart and a comprehensive mind, helped her to understand India as a whole. This publication by Advaita Ashrama, a publication house of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, India, stands as one of the best appraisal of India by a western mind. The Fourth Volume of the present edition of the Complete Works of Sister Nivedita includes the following works: Footfalls of Indian History Civic Ideal and Indian Nationality (Civic and National Ideals) Hints on National Education in India Famine and Flood in East Bengal in 1906 Lambs among Wolves.

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Kingdom of Characters - Jing Tsu Cover Art

Kingdom of Characters

Kingdom of Characters The Language Revolution That Made China Modern by Jing Tsu

What does it take to reinvent a language? After a meteoric rise, China today is one of the world’s most powerful nations. Just a century ago, it was a crumbling empire with literacy reserved for the elite few, as the world underwent a massive technological transformation that threatened to leave them behind. In Kingdom of Characters , Jing Tsu argues that China’s most daunting challenge was a linguistic one: the century-long fight to make the formidable Chinese language accessible to the modern world of global trade and digital technology. Kingdom of Characters follows the bold innovators who reinvented the Chinese language, among them an exiled reformer who risked a death sentence to advocate for Mandarin as a national language, a Chinese-Muslim poet who laid the groundwork for Chairman Mao's phonetic writing system, and a computer engineer who devised input codes for Chinese characters on the lid of a teacup from the floor of a jail cell. Without their advances, China might never have become the dominating force we know today. With larger-than-life characters and an unexpected perspective on the major events of China’s tumultuous twentieth century, Tsu reveals how language is both a technology to be perfected and a subtle, yet potent, power to be exercised and expanded.

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China - John Keay Cover Art

China

China A History by John Keay

An authoritative account of five thousand years of Chinese history Many nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history. Taking into account the country's unrivaled, voluminous tradition of history writing, John Keay has composed a vital and illuminating overview of the nation's complex and vivid past. Keay's authoritative history examines 5,000 years in China, from the time of the Three Dynasties through Chairman Mao and the current economic transformation of the country. Crisp, judicious, and engaging, China is the classic single-volume history for anyone seeking to understand the present and future of this immensely powerful nation.

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The Secret History of the Mongol Queens - Jack Weatherford Cover Art

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford

“Enticing . . . hard to put down.”—Associated Press • “A fascinating romp through the feminine side of the infamous Khan clan.”— Booklist  The Mongol queens of the thirteenth century ruled the largest empire the world has ever known. The daughters of the Silk Route turned their father’s conquests into the first truly international empire, fostering trade, education, and religion throughout their territories and creating an economic system that stretched from the Pacific to the Mediterranean. Yet sometime near the end of the century, censors cut a section about the queens from the Secret History of the Mongols , and, with that one act, the dynasty of these royals had seemingly been extinguished forever, as even their names were erased from the historical record. With The Secret History of the Mongol Queens , a groundbreaking and magnificently researched narrative, Jack Weatherford restores the queens’ missing chapter to the annals of history.

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The Story of China - Michael Wood Cover Art

The Story of China

The Story of China The Epic History of a World Power from the Middle Kingdom to Mao and the China Dream by Michael Wood

A single volume history of China, offering a look into the past of the global superpower and its significance today. Michael Wood has travelled the length and breadth of China, the world’s oldest civilization and longest lasting state, to tell a thrilling story of intense drama, fabulous creativity, and deep humanity that stretches back thousands of years. After a century and a half of foreign invasion, civil war, and revolution, China has once again returned to center stage as a global superpower and the world’s second largest economy. But how did it become so dominant? Wood argues that in order to comprehend the great significance of China today, we must begin with its history. The Story of China takes a fresh look at the Middle Kingdom in the light of the recent massive changes inside the country. Taking into account exciting new archeological discoveries, the book begins with China’s prehistory—the early dynasties, the origins of the Chinese state, and the roots of Chinese culture in the age of Confucius. Wood looks at particular periods and themes that are now being reevaluated by historians, such as the renaissance of the Song with its brilliant scientific discoveries. He paints a vibrant picture of the Qing Empire in the 18th century, just before the European impact, a time when China’s rich and diverse culture was at its height. Then, Wood explores the encounter with the West, the Opium Wars, the clashes with the British, and the extraordinarily rich debates in the late 19th century that pushed China along the path to modernity. Finally, he provides a clear up-to-date account of post-1949 China, including revelations about the 1989 crisis based on newly leaked inside documents, and fresh insights into the new order of President Xi Jinping. All woven together with landscape history and the author’s own travel journals, The Story of China is the indispensable book about the most intriguing and powerful country on the world stage today.

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Autobiography - Mohandas Gandhi Cover Art

Autobiography

Autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Gandhi

Personal account of the life of the man who freed India from colonization through the Satyagraha — nonviolent protest — movement. His early boyhood life, legal studies, purification, and ultimate salvation of his homeland is carefully recounted in this inspiring and critical work of insurmountable importance.

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China's Vision of Victory - Jonathan D. T. Ward Cover Art

China's Vision of Victory

China's Vision of Victory by Jonathan D. T. Ward

Someday we may say that we never saw it coming. After seventy-five years of peace in the Pacific, a new challenger to American power has emerged, on a scale not seen in generations. Working from a deep sense of national destiny, the Chinese Communist Party is guiding a country of 1.4 billion people towards what it calls “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” and, with it, the end of an American-led world. Will this generation witness the final act for America as a superpower? Can American ingenuity, confidence, and will power outcompete the long-term strategic thinking and planning of China’s Communist Party? These are the challenges that will shape the next decade and more. China’s Vision of Victory brings the reader to a new understanding of China’s planning, strategy, and ambitions. From seabed to space, from Africa to the Arctic, from subsurface warfare to the rise of China’s global corporations, this book will illuminate for the reader the new great game of our lifetimes, and how our adversary sees it all.

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Korea: A Very Short Introduction - Michael J. Seth Cover Art

Korea: A Very Short Introduction

Korea: A Very Short Introduction by Michael J. Seth

Korea, long in the shadows of its neighbours China and Japan, is now the object of considerable interest. This book focuses on answering several historical questions: what does it mean to be Korean? How did this nation evolve into today's sharply contrasting societies? And how does Korea fit into the larger narrative of world history?

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Genghis Khan and the Quest for God - Jack Weatherford Cover Art

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God How the World's Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom by Jack Weatherford

A landmark biography by the New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World that reveals how Genghis harnessed the power of religion to rule the largest empire the world has ever known. Throughout history the world's greatest conquerors have made their mark not just on the battlefield, but in the societies they have transformed. Genghis Khan conquered by arms and bravery, but he ruled by commerce and religion. He created the world's greatest trading network and drastically lowered taxes for merchants, but he knew that if his empire was going to last, he would need something stronger and more binding than trade. He needed religion. And so, unlike the Christian, Taoist and Muslim conquerors who came before him, he gave his subjects freedom of religion. Genghis lived in the 13th century, but he struggled with many of the same problems we face today: How should one balance religious freedom with the need to reign in fanatics? Can one compel rival religions - driven by deep seated hatred--to live together in peace? A celebrated anthropologist whose bestselling Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World radically transformed our understanding of the Mongols and their legacy, Jack Weatherford has spent eighteen years exploring areas of Mongolia closed until the fall of the Soviet Union and researching The Secret History of the Mongols, an astonishing document written in code that was only recently discovered. He pored through archives and found groundbreaking evidence of Genghis's influence on the founding fathers and his essential impact on Thomas Jefferson. Genghis Khan and the Quest for God is a masterpiece of erudition and insight, his most personal and resonant work.

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A Brief History of Thailand - Richard A. Ruth Cover Art

A Brief History of Thailand

A Brief History of Thailand Monarchy, War and Resilience: The Fascinating Story of the Gilded Kingdom at the Heart of Asia by Richard A. Ruth

Thailand is known for its picturesque beaches and famous temples, but there's much more to this popular holiday destination than many realize. A Brief History of Thailand offers an engaging look at the country's last 250 years—from coups and violent massacres to the invention of Pad Thai in the 1930's. Readers will learn the vibrant story of Thailand's emergence as a prosperous Buddhist state, its transformation from traditional kingdom to democratic constitutional monarchy and its subsequent rise to prominence in Southeast Asian affairs. Thailand's dramatic history spans centuries of conflict, and this book recounts many of these fascinating episodes, including: The true story of Anna Leonowens, the British governess hired to teach the children of King Mongkut, fictionalized in Margaret Landon's bestselling novel Anna and the King of Siam and turned into a hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and film, The King and I The bloodless Siamese Revolution of 1932 that established overnight the first constitutional monarchy in Asia, ending almost eight centuries of absolute rule and creating a democratic system of parliamentary government The Japanese invasion of Thailand and construction of the "Bridge Over the River Kwai" made famous by the novel and Oscar-winning filmThe mysterious death of King Ananda Mahidol, murdered in his bed in 1946, and a source of controversy ever sinceThe development of Thailand as an international playground during the Vietnam War, when American military used it as rowdy destination for servicemen on furloughThe 70-year reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-serving monarch, who was born in the U.S., educated in Switzerland, loved to play the saxophone and was idolized by his people With this book, historian and professor Richard A. Ruth has skillfully crafted an accessible cultural and political history of an understudied nation. Covering events through the King's death in 2016, A Brief History of Thailand will be of interest to students, travelers and anyone hoping to learn more about this part of the world.

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On China - Henry Kissinger Cover Art

On China

On China by Henry Kissinger

“ Fascinating, shrewd . . . The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns of Chinese history. ” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “No one can lay claim to so much influence on the shaping of foreign policy over the past 50 years as Henry Kissinger.”  — The Financial Times In this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book length to a country he has known intimately for decades and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. On China illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such pivotal events as the initial encounters between China and tight line modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, and Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Beijing. With a new final chapter on the emerging superpower’s twenty-first-century role in global politics and economics, On China provides historical perspective on Chinese foreign affairs from one of the premier statesmen of our time.

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Amir's Kiss - Cherokee Humita Cover Art

Amir's Kiss

Amir's Kiss by Cherokee Humita

At the age of twelve, she knelt on the ground, her legs already numb, her beautiful face was mixed with fear and anxiety, staring blankly at the embroidered shoes stepping on the ground in front of her. The shoes were embroidered with butterflies and flying, it was her. Hand-stitched the birthday gift for the mother .

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The Rape Of Nanking - Iris Chang Cover Art

The Rape Of Nanking

The Rape Of Nanking The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II by Iris Chang

The New York Times bestselling account of one of history's most brutal -- and forgotten -- massacres, when the Japanese army destroyed China's capital city on the eve of World War II In December 1937, one of the most horrific atrocities in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking (what was then the capital of China), and within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered. In this seminal work, Iris Chang, whose own grandparents barely escaped the massacre, tells this history from three perspectives: that of the Japanese soldiers, that of the Chinese, and that of a group of Westerners who refused to abandon the city and created a safety zone, which saved almost 300,000 Chinese. Drawing on extensive interviews with survivors and documents brought to light for the first time, Iris Chang's classic book is the definitive history of this horrifying episode. "Chang vividly, methodically, records what happened, piecing together the abundant eyewitness reports into an undeniable tapestry of horror." - Adam Hochschild, Salon

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The Heike Story - Eiji Yoshikawa Cover Art

The Heike Story

The Heike Story by Eiji Yoshikawa

Kyoto in the twelfth century was a magnificent city, but crime, disorder, and lust were rampant. The people were abused by the nobility, while the armed Buddhist monks terrorized court and commoner alike. In despair, the Emperor called upon the Heike and Genji clans to quell civil disturbances. Although the clans succeeded, they quarreled over the spoils of war and plunged the country into a century of warfare. This novel describes the rise to power of Kiyomori of the Heike clan during this turbulent time. From a youth sunk in poverty, Kiyomori eventually rose to become the Emperor's Chief Councillor. Although he was a gentle, enlightened man, he left a trail of bloodshed and ruin in his wake. The strange twists of Kiyomori's fate are the core of this epic novel."The Heike Story" is a modern translation of a Japanese classic. Its exotic atmosphere, narrative power, pageantry, and poetry will enthrall English readers and provide an entertaining introduction to an important source of Japanese culture.

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王丹回憶錄 - Wang Dang Cover Art

王丹回憶錄

王丹回憶錄 從六四到流亡 by Wang Dang

★十二歲時就因組黨被公安部傳訊 ★一本書使得王丹從「共青團派」變成了反對派 ★首次完整披露北大「民主沙龍」的組織過程 ★第一次公布作為主要組織者之一的「六四」回憶 ★王丹第二段獄中回憶錄 ★從北大到哈佛,暢談美國政治流亡生活的全景式記錄 ★剖析自己與台灣的關係,及個人政治主張 「在過去四十多年的人生歷程中,我經歷過中國七○年代末的巨大轉折、八○年代理想主義的高昂;我參與過八九民運這樣驚天地、泣鬼神的壯舉,我也在二十幾歲就承受了黑牢的煎熬;我見識過人生的險惡,我也體會過生活的溫暖;我在中國成長,在美國完成學業,在台灣工作;我是政治反對派,我也是一個文學愛好者和創作者,我更是一個感情豐富的人。我將要講述的這所有經歷,都見證了一個人,一個時代,一個國家。」──王丹 本書為六四民運領袖王丹的第一本個人完整回憶錄。由王丹親自執筆,藉由回顧他從小到大的日記,爬梳他人生中的每一個轉折。本書開頭即從王丹的童年成長經驗談起,以及中學時加入共青團,享受中國八○年代改革開放時期的美好時光;而他在高中時因為受到一本書的影響,使得他對共產黨忠貞的信仰產生強烈質疑,以至於之後思想轉向,成為北大校園中民主思潮的宣傳者,後來更成為八九學運的帶頭者之一,他的人生也因此有了巨大的變化。 王丹在本書中除了批露自身成長與心路歷程外,也試圖以呈現其個人記憶全像來完成其身為「六四」重要成員所應負的歷史責任──還原他個人所知所為的部分歷史面貌;他並以此審視角度來書寫「六四」及因「六四」入獄獲釋後,他為了民主運動再度入獄,及之後流亡美國十年的完整歷程。透過本書,王丹想傳達的就是他這樣一個人,在一個國家中,所見證經歷的一個時代。

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China Wakes - Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn Cover Art

China Wakes

China Wakes The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

The definitive book on China's uneasy transformation into an economic and political superpower, and an insightful and thought-provoking analysis of daily life in China from the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists and bestselling authors of Half a Sky. "Nick Kristof's and Sheryl WuDunn's work as correspondents in China was beyond compare, and now they have written a book every bit as astonishing. China Wakes is filled with anecdote, detail, and analysis of the highest order.... This book demands reading, and yet it is a pleasure as well as an education." —David Remnick, Editor of The New Yorker Featuring 16 pages of photos

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Fall in love with ghosts - Hopi Tse Cover Art

Fall in love with ghosts

Fall in love with ghosts by Hopi Tse

"Eating peaches plant their pits, one year of nucleation produces buds, two years of long branches and leaves, three years of peaches have flowers..."

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One sword flying fairy - Dowanhowee Cheyenne Cover Art

One sword flying fairy

One sword flying fairy by Dowanhowee Cheyenne

The things that we once worshipped, were obsessed with, and yearned for seem to gradually disappear, but they will never be obliterated, but hidden in our hearts, protected by a stubborn wall, and do not want to be invaded by reality. That is our garden of illusion, magnificent and strange. , Absurd, but full of joy and vitality.

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A brick break into the fairy world - Mikasi Navajo Cover Art

A brick break into the fairy world

A brick break into the fairy world by Mikasi Navajo

He was reborn from black boxing and came to the continent of Kyushu. His name was Zhuge Buliang in Samsara. Let's see how the black boxing boy cultivated the supreme path, surpassed the mortal body, and achieved immortality. Brick in hand! I have the Three Realms!

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Super Black Widow - Hopi Namida Cover Art

Super Black Widow

Super Black Widow by Hopi Namida

A Benz car parked outside a villa with a red colored ball in front of it. In the center of the colored ball is a pair of dolls of the bride and groom kissing sweetly. It is conceivable that this is a bridal car.

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Town girl's life - Hopi Pimne Cover Art

Town girl's life

Town girl's life by Hopi Pimne

Sang Huaxin packed up the things for worship, turned around and asked his 15-year-old daughter Sang Zihua, only to see her as usual again, silently looking at a cherry tree planted next to his wife’s grave, which is now blooming. Pink flowers.

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