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Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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  1. Food Culture in Colonial Asia

    A Taste of Empire

    By Cecilia Leong-Salobir

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Presenting a social history of colonial food practices in India, Malaysia and Singapore, this book discusses the contribution that Asian domestic servants made towards the development of this cuisine between 1858 and 1963. Domestic cookbooks, household management manuals, memoirs, diaries and...

    Published March 10th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Japan’s Household Registration System and Citizenship

    Koseki, Identification and Documentation

    Edited by David Chapman, Karl Jakob Krogness

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Japan’s Household Registration System (koseki seido) is an extremely powerful state instrument, and is socially entrenched with a long history of population governance, social control and the maintenance of social order. It provides identity whilst at the same time imposing identity upon everyone...

    Published February 27th 2014 by Routledge

  3. The Internment of Western Civilians under the Japanese 1941-1945

    A patchwork of internment

    By Bernice Archer

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Bernice Archer's comparative study of the experiences of the Western civilians interned by the Japanese in mixed family camps and sexually segregated camps in the Far East, combines a wide variety of conventional and unconventional source material. This includes contemporary War, Foreign and...

    Published February 14th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Ito Hirobumi – Japan's First Prime Minister and Father of the Meiji Constitution

    By Takii Kazuhiro

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    The brilliant and influential statesman, Ito Hirobumi (1841-1909), and the first prime minister of Japan’s modern state, has been poorly understood. This biography attempts to set the record straight about Ito’s thought and vision for Japan’s modernisation based on research in primary sources. It...

    Published January 20th 2014 by Routledge

  5. A Colonial Economy in Crisis

    Burma's Rice Cultivators and the World Depression of the 1930s

    By Ian Brown

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    The book challenges the orthodox argument that rural populations which abandoned self-sufficiency to become single commodity producers, and were supposedly very vulnerable to the commodity price collapse of the 1930s Depression, did not suffer as much as has been supposed. It shows how the effects...

    Published January 17th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Military Force and Elite Power in the Formation of Modern China

    By Edward A. McCord

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    The China we know today emerged at the end of a long period of internal rebellions, civil wars, foreign invasions, and revolutionary insurrections that stretched across the nineteenth century to the mid-point of the twentieth. This book explores one important consequence of this situation—the...

    Published January 16th 2014 by Routledge

  7. A History of Alcohol and Drugs in Modern South Asia

    Intoxicating Affairs

    Edited by Harald Fischer-Tiné, Jana Tschurenev

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    At the beginning of the 21st century, alcoholism, transnational drug trafficking and drug addiction constitute major problems in various South Asian countries. The production, circulation and consumption of intoxicating substances created (and responded to) social upheavals in the region and had...

    Published December 16th 2013 by Routledge

  8. The Japanese Occupation of Borneo, 1941-45

    By Ooi Keat Gin

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    The Japanese occupation of both British Borneo – Brunei, Sarawak and North Borneo – and Dutch Borneo in 1941 to 1945 is a much understudied subject. Of particular interest is the occupation of Dutch Borneo, governed by the Imperial Japanese Navy that had long-term plans for ‘permanent possession’....

    Published December 10th 2013 by Routledge

  9. Transcultural Encounters between Germany and India

    Kindred Spirits in the 19th and 20th Centuries

    Edited by Joanne Miyang Cho, Eric Kurlander, Douglas T McGetchin

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Providing a comprehensive survey of cutting edge scholarship in the field of German--Indian and South Asian Studies, the book looks at the history of German--Indian relations in the spheres of culture, politics, and intellectual life. Combining transnational, post-colonial, and...

    Published December 4th 2013 by Routledge

  10. Museums in China

    Power, Politics and Identities

    By Tracey Lie Dan Lu

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    From the earliest museums established by Western missionaries in order to implement religious and political power, to the role they have played in the formation of the modern Chinese state, the origin and development of museums in mainland China differ significantly from those in the West. The...

    Published November 15th 2013 by Routledge