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China & Inner Asia

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CHINA TOMORROW: Democracy or Dictatorship? | By Jean-Pierre CabestanCHINA TOMORROW: Democracy or Dictatorship? | By Jean-Pierre Cabestan
Robert Bedeski

WHAT IS CHINA?: Territory, Ethnicity, Culture, and History | By Ge Zhaoguang; translated by Michael Gibbs HillWHAT IS CHINA?: Territory, Ethnicity, Culture, and History | By Ge Zhaoguang; translated by Michael Gibbs Hill
Richard Belsky

CHINA’S ASIA: Triangular Dynamics since the Cold War | By Lowell DittmerCHINA’S ASIA: Triangular Dynamics since the Cold War | By Lowell Dittmer
Baohui Zhang

ILLIBERAL CHINA: The Ideological Challenge of the People’s Republic of China | By Daniel F. VukovichILLIBERAL CHINA: The Ideological Challenge of the People’s Republic of China | By Daniel F. Vukovich
Teresa Wright

A CENTURY OF CHANGE IN A CHINESE VILLAGE: The Crisis of the Countryside | By Lin Juren and Xie YuxiA CENTURY OF CHANGE IN A CHINESE VILLAGE: The Crisis of the Countryside | By Lin Juren and Xie Yuxi
Richard Madsen

CHINA AND THE BARBARIANS: Resisting the Western World Order | By Hendrik Schulte NordholtCHINA AND THE BARBARIANS: Resisting the Western World Order | By Hendrik Schulte Nordholt
Justin Wu

THE BATTLE FOR FORTUNE: State-led Development, Personhood, and Power among Tibetans in China | By Charlene MakleyTHE BATTLE FOR FORTUNE: State-led Development, Personhood, and Power among Tibetans in China | By Charlene Makley
Zhou Yongming

THE POLITICS OF THE CORE LEADER IN CHINA: Culture, Institution, Legitimacy, and Power | By Xuezhi GuoTHE POLITICS OF THE CORE LEADER IN CHINA: Culture, Institution, Legitimacy, and Power | By Xuezhi Guo
Robert Dayley

LEGAL LESSONS: Popularizing Laws in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1989 | By Jennifer AltehengerLEGAL LESSONS: Popularizing Laws in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1989 | By Jennifer Altehenger
Weiting Guo

A SOCIAL HISTORY OF MAOIST CHINA: Conflict and Change, 1949–1976 | By Felix WemheuerA SOCIAL HISTORY OF MAOIST CHINA: Conflict and Change, 1949–1976 | By Felix Wemheuer
Nicholas R. Zeller

VIOLENCE AND ORDER ON THE CHENGDU PLAIN: The Story of a Secret Brotherhood in Rural China, 1939–1949 | By Di WangVIOLENCE AND ORDER ON THE CHENGDU PLAIN: The Story of a Secret Brotherhood in Rural China, 1939–1949 | By Di Wang
Hongyan Xiang

Northeast Asia

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JAPAN | By Jeff KingstonJAPAN | By Jeff Kingston
Michael Strausz

EMPIRE OF HOPE: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline | By David LehenyEMPIRE OF HOPE: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline | By David Leheny
Michael J. Green

NATIONAL IDENTITY AND GREAT-POWER STATUS IN RUSSIA AND JAPAN: Non-Western Challengers to the Liberal International Order | By Tadashi AnnoNATIONAL IDENTITY AND GREAT-POWER STATUS IN RUSSIA AND JAPAN: Non-Western Challengers to the Liberal International Order | By Tadashi Anno
Alexander Bukh   

LIMINALITY OF THE JAPANESE EMPIRE: Border Crossings from Okinawa to Colonial Taiwan | By Hiroko MatsudaLIMINALITY OF THE JAPANESE EMPIRE: Border Crossings from Okinawa to Colonial Taiwan | By Hiroko Matsuda
Evan Dawley

NATION-EMPIRE: Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its Colonies | By Sayaka ChataniNATION-EMPIRE: Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its Colonies | By Sayaka Chatani
Michael Wert

UNEVEN MOMENTS: Reflections on Japan’s Modern History | By Harry HarootunianUNEVEN MOMENTS: Reflections on Japan’s Modern History | By Harry Harootunian
Miriam Kingsberg Kadia

AESTHETIC LIFE: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan | By Miya Elise Mizuta LippitAESTHETIC LIFE: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan | By Miya Elise Mizuta Lippit
Janice Brown

JAPAN’S CARNIVAL WAR: Mass Culture on the Home Front, 1937–1945 | By Benjamin UchiyamaJAPAN’S CARNIVAL WAR: Mass Culture on the Home Front, 1937–1945 | By Benjamin Uchiyama
A. Carly Buxton

SOVEREIGNTY EXPERIMENTS: Korean Migrants and the Building of Borders in Northeast Asia, 1860–1945 | By Alyssa M. ParkSOVEREIGNTY EXPERIMENTS: Korean Migrants and the Building of Borders in Northeast Asia, 1860–1945 | By Alyssa M. Park
Hyun-Gwi Park

THE INTERROGATION ROOMS OF THE KOREAN WAR: The Untold History | By Monica KimTHE INTERROGATION ROOMS OF THE KOREAN WAR: The Untold History | By Monica Kim
Eun Hee Woo

Southeast Asia

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KHAKI CAPITAL: The Political Economy of the Military in Southeast Asia | Edited by Paul Chambers and Napisa WaitoolkiatKHAKI CAPITAL: The Political Economy of the Military in Southeast Asia | Edited by Paul Chambers and Napisa Waitoolkiat
Eddie Lim

PENTECOSTAL MEGACHURCHES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: Negotiating Class, Consumption, and the Nation | Edited by Terence ChongPENTECOSTAL MEGACHURCHES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: Negotiating Class, Consumption, and the Nation | Edited by Terence Chong
David Troolin

CONTESTED TERRITORY: Điện Biên Phủ and the Making of Northwest Vietnam | By Christian C. LentzCONTESTED TERRITORY: Điện Biên Phủ and the Making of Northwest Vietnam | By Christian C. Lentz
Jorge Bayona

BOMB CHILDREN: Life in the Former Battlefields of Laos | By Leah ZaniBOMB CHILDREN: Life in the Former Battlefields of Laos | By Leah Zani
Erin Lin

DOWN AND OUT IN SAIGON: Stories of the Poor in a Colonial City | By Haydon CherryDOWN AND OUT IN SAIGON: Stories of the Poor in a Colonial City | By Haydon Cherry
Timothy Karis

SECRETS AND POWER IN MYANMAR: Intelligence and the Fall of General Khin Nyunt | By Andrew SelthSECRETS AND POWER IN MYANMAR: Intelligence and the Fall of General Khin Nyunt | By Andrew Selth
Kai Ostwald

SINGAPORE: A Modern History | By Michael D. BarrSINGAPORE: A Modern History | By Michael D. Barr
Edgar Liao

CONTENTIOUS BELONGING: The Place of Minorities in Indonesia | Edited by Greg Fealy and Ronit RicciCONTENTIOUS BELONGING: The Place of Minorities in Indonesia | Edited by Greg Fealy and Ronit Ricci
Robert W. Hefner