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The Oxford History of Modern China


Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

January 2022

Oxford Histories

Explores the history of China from the founding of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) to the present day. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this rising superpower in what promises to be the 'Chinese century'.

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Samurai: A Very Short Introduction


Michael Wert

July 2021

Very Short Introductions

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Korea: A Very Short Introduction


Michael J. Seth

January 2020

Very Short Introductions

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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Patterns of Modern Chinese History


Charles Desnoyers

April 2016

Patterns of Modern Chinese History offers a broad narrative of the period starting with the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) to the present. Providing in-depth coverage of modern Chinese history, this introductory yet detailed text utilizes proven pedagogical features and a fluid narrative to examine large patterns and their origins, interactions, and adaptations. Its versatile organization accommodates both chronological and thematic approaches. The narrative begins at the height of imperial China's wealth and power, tracing it through its downward spiral and ultimate demise, and following its revolutions, civil wars, invasions, radical political interlude, and rise once again to world prominence.

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Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery Across the Indian Ocean


Omar H. Ali

February 2016

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The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction


James A. Millward

April 2013

Very Short Introductions

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The First Emperor: Selections from the Historical Records


Sima Qian, Raymond Dawson, K. E. Brashier

August 2009

Oxford World's Classics

Sima Qian tells the story of the First Emperor, founder of the Qin dynasty, in whose reign the Great Wall was built and whose tomb was guarded by the famous terracotta warriors excavated in 1974. His account details the ruthless exercise of power but also the creation of an empire that endured until 1911.

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Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction


Christopher Goto-Jones

April 2009

Very Short Introductions

Japan is an icon of the modern world, and yet it remains an enigma to many, who see it as a confusing montage of the alien and the familiar, the ancient and modern. The aim of this Very Short Introduction is to explode the myths and explore the reality of modern Japan - by taking a concise look at its history, economy, politics, and culture.

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Modern India: The Origins of an Asian Democracy

Second Edition


Judith M. Brown

March 1994

Short Oxford History of the Modern World

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