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The genius of China: 3,000 years of science, discovery, and invention
Par Robert K. G Temple, Joseph Needham. 1986
Reveals the Chinese origins of such "modern" inventions as paper and printing, gunpowder, and the magnetic compass. Temple's eleven topics--including…astronomy, engineering, medicine, and warfare--provide historical context and show that more than half of the basic discoveries considered "Western" were developed earlier in China. 1998, c1986.
The first Vietnam war
Par Peter M Dunn. 1985
Immediately after the Japanese surrender at the end of the Second World War, Saigon was occupied by British forces directed…from Mountbatten's South East Asia Command. These forces became the first of a Western nation to clash with a Communist-led revolution in Asia, and by thwarting the Viet Minh's desperate attempts to seize power, made it impossible for South Vietnam to hold out when North Vietnam fell to the Communists in 1954. 1985.
The end of Hong Kong: the secret diplomacy of imperial retreat
Par Robert Cottrell. 1993
On June 30, 1997, Britain ended its colonial rule over Hong Kong, the wealthy city state with six million people.…The terms of the handover to China were to be those set out in a Joint Declaration initialled by Britain and China in 1984. This is an account of the diplomacy behind that settlement, and the prospects that lay ahead for Hong Kong. 1993.
The China mission: George Marshall's unfinished war, 1945–1947
Par Daniel Kurtz-Phelan. 2018
As World War II came to an end, General George Marshall was renowned as the architect of Allied victory. Set…to retire, he instead accepted what he thought was a final mission--this time not to win a war, but to stop one. Conflict between Chinese Nationalists and Communists threatened to suck in the United States and escalate into revolution. His assignment was to broker a peace, build a Chinese democracy, and prevent a Communist takeover, all while staving off World War III. 2018.
The emergence of modern Japan: an introductory history since 1853
Par Janet Hunter. 1989
Understanding Japan's recent history is essential to form an efficient working relationship with the country. The author concentrates on the…years from 1853, when the outer world broke through Japan's isolation, to 1952 when the postwar settlement and economic recovery set her on the road to becoming an economic superpower. 1989.
The home that was our country: a memoir of Syria
Par Alia Malek. 2018
A deeply researched, personal journey that shines a delicate but piercing light on Syrian history, society, and politics. Alia Malek…weaves political analysis with a century of family history, delivering an unforgettable portrait of the Syria that is being erased. 2018.
The Hiroshima Maidens: a story of courage, compassion, and survival
Par Rodney Barker. 1985
Japanese women who underwent surgery in the U.S. to repair the ravages caused by the atomic blast became known as…the "Hiroshima maidens". The author documents the medical, humanitarian and diplomatic undertaking that brought them to the States. 1985.
The great mutiny, India 1857: India 1857
Par Christopher Hibbert. 1978
Par Byron Farwell. 1984
Gurkhas are soldiers from Nepal who serve in the British and Indian armies. Recruiting practices, military training, religion, and home…and family are analyzed to obtain insight into the nature of Gurkha character. 1984.
The Dutch discovery of Japan: the true story behind James Clavell's famous novel Shogun
Par Dirk J Barreveld. 2001
The Netherlands in the early seventeenth century was struggling for its independence from Spain and seething with economic activities. When…a fleet of its spice ships tried sailing to the east via the Strait of Magellan instead of through the Cape of Good Hope, only one reached Japan. Its British pilot, William Adams, managed to befriend the Shogun, and only the Dutch were allowed to trade with Japan for the next 250 years. 2001.
The Chinese, portrait of a people: Portrait Of A People
Par John Fraser. 1980
As a correspondent to the Toronto "Globe and Mail" in Peking, Fraser had the opportunity to meet a wide range…of Chinese people and to learn of their culture and government. 1980.
The Columbia guide to modern Chinese history (Columbia guides to Asian history)
Par R. Keith Schoppa. 2000
A history of China from 1780 to 2000, outlining its transition from a traditional society to a world power. Includes…the consequences of Western imperialism, early twentieth-century cultural upheavals, continuing social transformation, and economic disasters. 2000.
The Chan's great continent: China in western minds
Par Jonathan D Spence. 1998
Based on a series of lectures presented at Yale, a survey of China's influence on the West from 1253 to…the 1980s. Citing diplomatic reports, letters, plays, films, poetry, and novels, Spence argues that the Western view of China has been shaped by the observations of outsiders rather than the words of the Chinese people themselves. 1998.
Surviving the killing fields: the Cambodian odyssey of Haing S. Ngor
Par Roger Warner, Haing S Ngor. 1988
Haing Ngor won an Academy Award for his performance as Dith Pran in the film "The Killing Fields" but his…own story, of his experiences in Cambodia in the 1970s, is far more harrowing. He tells it simply, without embellishment; but his book is shocking - he even suggests that some readers may prefer to skip one chapter. It is a story of love, death and incredible courage; a battle against starvation, torture and ideological oppression. Descriptions of violence. 1988.
Shanghai grand: forbidden love and international intrigue on the eve of the Second World War
Par Taras Grescoe. 2016
Emily 'Mickey' Hahn was a legendary New Yorker journalist whose vivid writing played a crucial role in opening Western eyes…to the realities of life in China. At the height of the Depression, Hahn arrived in Shanghai after a disappointing affair, and became absorbed into the social swirl of the expats drawn to pre-war China, among them Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Harold Acton, and gangster Morris 'Two-Gun' Cohen. But when she meets Zau Sinmay, a Chinese poet, she discovers the real Shanghai through his eyes: the city of rich colonials, triple agents, opium-smokers, displaced Chinese peasants, and increasingly desperate White Russian and Jewish refugees. Danger lurks on the horizon, though, as the brutal Japanese occupation destroys the seductive world of pre-war Shanghai, paving the way for Mao Tse-tung's Communists' rise to power. 2016.
Saving China: Canadian missionaries in the Middle Kingdom, 1888-1955
Par Alvyn Austin. 1986
From 1888 to 1949, Canadian missionaries aimed to Christianize China's people, educate its youth, eliminate its disease and reform its…agricultural methods. Within this atmosphere of religious and cultural imperialism, the church moved from simple evangelistic goals to active participation in Third World modernization. 1986.
River of time: A Memoir Of Vietnam
Par Jon Swain. 1997
Account of the exodus in Vietnam and the fall of Cambodia to the Khmer Rouge, which Swain witnessed as a…foreign correspondent in Indo-China from 1970-1975. Although shocked and horrified by the senseless killing around him, Swain admired and appreciated both the French colonists and native cultures he encountered. Descriptions of violence and some descriptions of sex. 1997.
Red star & green dragon: looking at New China
Par Lila Perl. 1983
Quai des Indes
Par Irène Frain. 1993
Prophets outcast: a century of dissident Jewish writing about Zionism and Israel
Par Ed Shatz Adam, Adam Shatz. 2004
Since the early twentieth century, some of the fiercest and most eloquent critiques of Israel and Zionism have been made…by Jewish thinkers, proposing solutions to the question of Palestine that range from a two-state solution to socialist internationalism. What links them is their belief that Israeli policies have been a disaster not only for Palestinians, but for Jews as well. 2004.