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Asia General

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CHINA-SOUTH KOREA RELATIONS IN THE NEW ERA: Challenges and Opportunities | By Min YeCHINA-SOUTH KOREA RELATIONS IN THE NEW ERA: Challenges and Opportunities | By Min Ye
Jiye Kim

STRATEGIC COUPLING: East Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy | By Henry Wai-chung YeungSTRATEGIC COUPLING: East Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy | By Henry Wai-chung Yeung
Marc Szepan

MOBILITY BETWEEN AFRICA, ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA: Economic Networks and Cultural Interactions | Edited by Ute Röschenthaler and Alessandro JedlowskiMOBILITY BETWEEN AFRICA, ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA: Economic Networks and Cultural Interactions | Edited by Ute Röschenthaler and Alessandro Jedlowski
Jeffrey Haynes

THE AUTHORITARIAN PUBLIC SPHERE: Legitimation and Autocratic Power in North Korea, Burma, and China | By Alexander DukalskisTHE AUTHORITARIAN PUBLIC SPHERE: Legitimation and Autocratic Power in North Korea, Burma, and China | By Alexander Dukalskis
Leif-Eric Easley

CHINA-INDIA RELATIONS IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD: Dynamics of national identity and interest | By Yang LuCHINA-INDIA RELATIONS IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD: Dynamics of national identity and interest | By Yang Lu
David Brewster

NEW WORLDS FROM BELOW: Informal Life Politics and Grassroots Action in Twenty-First-Century Northeast Asia | Edited by Tessa Morris-Suzuki and Eun Jeong SohNEW WORLDS FROM BELOW: Informal Life Politics and Grassroots Action in Twenty-First-Century Northeast Asia | Edited by Tessa Morris-Suzuki and Eun Jeong Soh
Yasuo Takao

POWER TRANSITION IN ASIA | Edited by David Walton and Emilian KavalskiPOWER TRANSITION IN ASIA | Edited by David Walton and Emilian Kavalski
Daniel Gomà Pinilla

DIVIDED LENSES: Screen Memories of War in East Asia | Edited by Michael Berry and Chiho SawadaDIVIDED LENSES: Screen Memories of War in East Asia | Edited by Michael Berry and Chiho Sawada
Karl Gustafsson

CHINA-INDIA RELATIONS: Cooperation and conflict | Edited by Kanti Bajpai, Huang Jing, and Kishore MahbubaniCHINA-INDIA RELATIONS: Cooperation and conflict | Edited by Kanti Bajpai, Huang Jing, and Kishore Mahbubani
Edward Friedman

GENDER IN MODERN EAST ASIA: An Integrated History | By Barbara Molony, Janet Theiss and Hyaeweol ChoiGENDER IN MODERN EAST ASIA: An Integrated History | By Barbara Molony, Janet Theiss and Hyaeweol Choi
Seungsook Moon

China & Inner Asia

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EDUCATING MONKS: Minority Buddhism on China’s Southwest Border | By Thomas A. BorchertEDUCATING MONKS: Minority Buddhism on China’s Southwest Border | By Thomas A. Borchert
Koen Wellens

UNEASY PARTNERSHIPS: China’s Engagement with Japan, the Koreas, and Russia in the Era of Reform | Edited by Thomas FingarUNEASY PARTNERSHIPS: China’s Engagement with Japan, the Koreas, and Russia in the Era of Reform | Edited by Thomas Fingar
Fei-Ling Wang

CHINESE POLITICS AS FRAGMENTED AUTHORITARIANISM: Earthquakes, energy and environment | Edited by Kjeld Erik BrødsgaardCHINESE POLITICS AS FRAGMENTED AUTHORITARIANISM: Earthquakes, energy and environment | Edited by Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard
Robert J. Hanlon

AUTHORITARIAN LEGALITY IN CHINA: Law, Workers, and the State | By Mary E. GallagherAUTHORITARIAN LEGALITY IN CHINA: Law, Workers, and the State | By Mary E. Gallagher
Weiting Guo

THE POLITICS OF RIGHTS AND THE 1911 REVOLUTION IN CHINA | By Xiaowei ZhengTHE POLITICS OF RIGHTS AND THE 1911 REVOLUTION IN CHINA | By Xiaowei Zheng
Norbert Francis

PARADOXES OF POST-MAO RURAL REFORM: Initial Steps Toward A New Chinese Countryside, 1976–1981 | By Frederick C. Teiwes and Warren SunPARADOXES OF POST-MAO RURAL REFORM: Initial Steps Toward A New Chinese Countryside, 1976–1981 | By Frederick C. Teiwes and Warren Sun
Alexander F. Day

DICTATORS WITHOUT BORDERS: Power and Money in Central Asia | By Alexander Cooley and John HeathershawDICTATORS WITHOUT BORDERS: Power and Money in Central Asia | By Alexander Cooley and John Heathershaw
Henryk Alff

THE CHINA ORDER: Centralia, World Empire, and the Nature of Chinese Power | By Fei-Ling WangTHE CHINA ORDER: Centralia, World Empire, and the Nature of Chinese Power | By Fei-Ling Wang
John Agnew

THE DIPLOMACY OF MIGRATION: Transnational Lives and the Making of U.S.-Chinese Relations in the Cold War | By Meredith OyenTHE DIPLOMACY OF MIGRATION: Transnational Lives and the Making of U.S.-Chinese Relations in the Cold War | By Meredith Oyen
Yow Cheun Hoe

HOW MONGOLIA MATTERS: War, Law, and Society | Edited by Morris RossabiHOW MONGOLIA MATTERS: War, Law, and Society | Edited by Morris Rossabi
Dirk Voss

Northeast Asia

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OUTCASTS OF EMPIRE: Japan’s Rule on Taiwan’s “Savage Border,” 1874–1945 | By Paul D. BarclayOUTCASTS OF EMPIRE: Japan’s Rule on Taiwan’s “Savage Border,” 1874–1945 | By Paul D. Barclay
Scott Simon

RETHINKING JAPANESE STUDIES: Eurocentrism and the Asia-Pacific Region | Edited by Kaori Okano and Yoshio SugimotoRETHINKING JAPANESE STUDIES: Eurocentrism and the Asia-Pacific Region | Edited by Kaori Okano and Yoshio Sugimoto
W. Lawrence Neuman

PLACING EMPIRE: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan | By Kate McDonaldPLACING EMPIRE: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan | By Kate McDonald
Tristan R. Grunow

PLAYING WAR: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan | By Sabine FrühstückPLAYING WAR: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan | By Sabine Frühstück
Liv Coleman

CIRCLES OF COMPENSATION: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan | By Kent E. CalderCIRCLES OF COMPENSATION: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan | By Kent E. Calder
David Chiavacci

FIGURING KOREAN FUTURES: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea | By Dafna ZurFIGURING KOREAN FUTURES: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea | By Dafna Zur
Steven D. Capener

HARD TARGET: Sanctions, Inducements, and the Case of North Korea | By Stephan Haggard and Marcus NolandHARD TARGET: Sanctions, Inducements, and the Case of North Korea | By Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland
Andrew I. Yeo

A MOST ENTERPRISING COUNTRY: North Korea in the Global Economy | By Justin V. HastingsA MOST ENTERPRISING COUNTRY: North Korea in the Global Economy | By Justin V. Hastings
YoungChul Chung

CARE COMMUNICATION: Making a Home in a Japanese Eldercare Facility | By Peter BackhausCARE COMMUNICATION: Making a Home in a Japanese Eldercare Facility | By Peter Backhaus
Beata Świtek

EMPEROR HIROHITO AND THE PACIFIC WAR | By Noriko KawamuraEMPEROR HIROHITO AND THE PACIFIC WAR | By Noriko Kawamura
Takeshi Suzuki

South Asia & the Himalayas

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IN THE PUBLIC’S INTEREST: Evictions, Citizenship, and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi | By Gautam BhanIN THE PUBLIC’S INTEREST: Evictions, Citizenship, and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi | By Gautam Bhan
Philippa Williams

THE DASHING LADIES OF SHIV SENA: Political Matronage in Urbanizing India | By Tarini BediTHE DASHING LADIES OF SHIV SENA: Political Matronage in Urbanizing India | By Tarini Bedi
Rina Verma Williams

NO ONE WILL LET HER LIVE: Women’s Struggle for Well-Being in a Delhi Slum | By Claire Snell-RoodNO ONE WILL LET HER LIVE: Women’s Struggle for Well-Being in a Delhi Slum | By Claire Snell-Rood
Prasad Khanolkar

RIVAL CLAIMS: Ethnic Violence and Territorial Autonomy under Indian Federalism | By Bethany LacinaRIVAL CLAIMS: Ethnic Violence and Territorial Autonomy under Indian Federalism | By Bethany Lacina
Miriam Wenner

LANDSCAPES OF ACCUMULATION: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India | By Llerena Guiu SearleLANDSCAPES OF ACCUMULATION: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India | By Llerena Guiu Searle
Mark-Anthony Falzon

ETHNICITY AND DEMOCRACY IN THE EASTERN HIMALAYAN BORDERLAND: Constructing Democracy | By Mona ChettriETHNICITY AND DEMOCRACY IN THE EASTERN HIMALAYAN BORDERLAND: Constructing Democracy | By Mona Chettri
Rune Bennike

DOWNWARDLY GLOBAL: Women, Work, and Citizenship in the Pakistani Diaspora | By Lalaie AmeeriarDOWNWARDLY GLOBAL: Women, Work, and Citizenship in the Pakistani Diaspora | By Lalaie Ameeriar
Pnina Werbner

RELIGION, SECULARISM, AND ETHNICITY IN CONTEMPORARY NEPAL | Edited by David N. Gellner, Sondra L. Hausner, and Chiara LetiziaRELIGION, SECULARISM, AND ETHNICITY IN CONTEMPORARY NEPAL | Edited by David N. Gellner, Sondra L. Hausner, and Chiara Letizia
Megan Adamson Sijapati

WHEN CRIME PAYS: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics | By Milan VaishnavWHEN CRIME PAYS: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics | By Milan Vaishnav
Ronojoy Sen

OF GARDENS AND GRAVES: Kashmir, Poetry, Politics | By Suvir Kaul; Photographs by Javed DarOF GARDENS AND GRAVES: Kashmir, Poetry, Politics | By Suvir Kaul; Photographs by Javed Dar
Reeta C. Tremblay

Southeast Asia

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CORPORATE ISLAM: Sharia and the Modern Workplace | By Patricia Sloane-WhiteCORPORATE ISLAM: Sharia and the Modern Workplace | By Patricia Sloane-White
Maznah Mohamad

CONTESTING INDOCHINA: French Remembrance between Decolonization and Cold War | By M. Kathryn EdwardsCONTESTING INDOCHINA: French Remembrance between Decolonization and Cold War | By M. Kathryn Edwards
Sean J. McLaughlin

A REGIONAL ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THAILAND | By Porphant OuyyanontA REGIONAL ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THAILAND | By Porphant Ouyyanont
David Feeny

THAIPUSAM IN MALAYSIA: A Hindu Festival in the Tamil Diaspora | By Carl Vadivella BelleTHAIPUSAM IN MALAYSIA: A Hindu Festival in the Tamil Diaspora | By Carl Vadivella Belle
Andrew C. Willford

MYANMAR’S ENEMY WITHIN: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim ‘Other’ | By Francis WadeMYANMAR’S ENEMY WITHIN: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim ‘Other’ | By Francis Wade
Bruce Matthews

GENDER RELATIONS IN AN INDONESIAN SOCIETY: Bugis Practices of Sexuality and Marriage | By Nurul Ilmi IdrusGENDER RELATIONS IN AN INDONESIAN SOCIETY: Bugis Practices of Sexuality and Marriage | By Nurul Ilmi Idrus
Sharyn Graham Davies

THE BRITISH AND THE VIETNAM WAR: Their Way with LBJ | By Nicholas TarlingTHE BRITISH AND THE VIETNAM WAR: Their Way with LBJ | By Nicholas Tarling
Edwin E. Moise

THE NEW WAY: Protestantism and the Hmong in Vietnam | By Tâm T.T. NgôTHE NEW WAY: Protestantism and the Hmong in Vietnam | By Tâm T.T. Ngô
Mai Na M. Lee

THE POLITICS OF SHARI’A LAW: Islamist Activists and the State in Democratizing Indonesia | By Michael BuehlerTHE POLITICS OF SHARI’A LAW: Islamist Activists and the State in Democratizing Indonesia | By Michael Buehler
Nadirsyah Hosen

THE ASEAN MIRACLE: A Catalyst for Peace | By Kishore Mahbubani and Jeffery SngTHE ASEAN MIRACLE: A Catalyst for Peace | By Kishore Mahbubani and Jeffery Sng
Richard Stubbs

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

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MISSING THE MARK?: Women and the Millennium Development Goals in Africa and Oceania | Edited by Naomi M. McPhersonMISSING THE MARK?: Women and the Millennium Development Goals in Africa and Oceania | Edited by Naomi M. McPherson
Derek Milne

INDIGENEITY: A POLITICS OF POTENTIAL: Australia, Fiji and New Zealand | By Dominic O’SullivanINDIGENEITY: A POLITICS OF POTENTIAL: Australia, Fiji and New Zealand | By Dominic O’Sullivan
Bruce Granville Miller

PACIFIC AMERICA: Histories of Transoceanic Crossings | Edited by Lon KurashigePACIFIC AMERICA: Histories of Transoceanic Crossings | Edited by Lon Kurashige
Edward D. Melillo

KASTOM, PROPERTY AND IDEOLOGY: Land transformations in Melanesia. State, Society and Governance in Melanesia | Edited by Siobhan McDonnell, Matthew Allen, and Colin FilerKASTOM, PROPERTY AND IDEOLOGY: Land transformations in Melanesia. State, Society and Governance in Melanesia | Edited by Siobhan McDonnell, Matthew Allen, and Colin Filer
Jean Zorn

MORTUARY DIALOGUES: Death Ritual and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities | Edited by David Lipset and Eric K. Silverman.MORTUARY DIALOGUES: Death Ritual and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities | Edited by David Lipset and Eric K. Silverman.
Dan Jorgensen

FOOD AND POWER IN HAWAI‘I: Visions of Food Democracy | Edited by Aya Hirata Kimura and Krisnawati SuryanataFOOD AND POWER IN HAWAI‘I: Visions of Food Democracy | Edited by Aya Hirata Kimura and Krisnawati Suryanata
Jessica Hardin

BECOMING LANDOWNERS: Entanglements of Custom and Modernity in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste | By Victoria C. SteadBECOMING LANDOWNERS: Entanglements of Custom and Modernity in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste | By Victoria C. Stead
Alex Golub

ARTEFACTS OF ENCOUNTER: Cook’s Voyages, Colonial Collecting and Museum Histories | Edited by Nicholas Thomas, Julie Adams, Billie Lythberg, Maia Nuku, and Amiria Salmond; Photography by Gwil OwenARTEFACTS OF ENCOUNTER: Cook’s Voyages, Colonial Collecting and Museum Histories | Edited by Nicholas Thomas, Julie Adams, Billie Lythberg, Maia Nuku, and Amiria Salmond; Photography by Gwil Owen
Roderick Ewins