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Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

Series Editor: Mark Selden

This series is intended to showcase the most important individual contributions to scholarship in Asian Studies. Each of the volumes presents a leading Asian scholar addressing themes that are central to his or her most significant and lasting contribution to Asian Studies. The series is committed to the rich variety of research and writing in Asia, and is not restricted to any particular discipline, theoretical approach or geographical expertise.

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  1. Technology, Gender and History in Imperial China

    Great Transformations Reconsidered

    By Francesca Bray

    Series: Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

    What can the history of technology contribute to our understanding of late imperial China? Most stories about technology in pre-modern China follow a well-worn plot: in about 1400 after an early ferment of creativity that made it the most technologically sophisticated civilisation in the world,...

    Published June 6th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Mapping China and Managing the World

    Culture, Cartography and Cosmology in Late Imperial Times

    By Richard J. Smith

    Series: Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

    From the founding of the Qin dynasty in 221 BCE to the present, the Chinese have been preoccupied with the concept of order (zhi). This cultural preoccupation has found expression not only in China’s highly refined bureaucratic institutions and methods of social and economic organization but also...

    Published October 18th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Decoding Subaltern Politics

    Ideology, Disguise, and Resistance in Agrarian Politics

    By James C. Scott

    Series: Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

    James C. Scott has researched and written on subaltern groups, and, in particular, peasants, rebellion, resistance, and agriculture, for over 35 years. Yet much of Scott’s most interesting work on the peasantry and the state, both conceptually and empirically, has never been published in book form....

    Published October 9th 2012 by Routledge

  4. The Global and Regional in China’s Nation-Formation

    By Prasenjit Duara

    Series: Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

    China’s history tends to be studied from a national perspective only. The Global and Regional in China’s Nation-Formation attempts to train our eyes to see the picture of China less as a self-contained entity, a "geobody", than as part of a broader set of global and regional processes; from the "...

    Published November 30th 2008 by Routledge

  5. China, East Asia and the Global Economy

    Regional and Historical Perspectives

    By Takeshi Hamashita

    Edited by Mark Selden, Linda Grove

    Series: Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

    Takeshi Hamashita, arguably Asia's premier historian of the longue durée, has been instrumental in opening a new field of inquiry in Chinese, East Asian and world historical research. Engaging modernization, Marxist and world system approaches, his wide-ranging redefinition of the evolving...

    Published June 1st 2008 by Routledge

  6. The Chinese State in Ming Society

    By Timothy Brook

    Series: Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

    The Ming dynasty (1368-1644), a period of commercial expansion and cultural innovation, fashioned the relationship between state and society in Chinese history. This unique collection of reworked and heavily illustrated essays, by one of the leading scholars of Chinese history, re-examines this...

    Published November 24th 2004 by Routledge

  7. China's Past, China's Future

    By Vaclav Smil

    Series: Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

    China has a population of 1.3 billion people which puts strain on her natural resources. This volume, by one of the leading scholars on the earth's biosphere, is the result of a lifetime of study, and provides the fullest account yet of the environmental challenges that China faces. The author...

    Published November 5th 2003 by Routledge

  8. China Unbound

    Evolving Perspectives on the Chinese Past

    By Paul A. Cohen

    Series: Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

    This volume contains a number of articles on modern Chinese history and historiography written by one of the leading academic experts on the subject. The author provides a critique of older approaches to nineteenth-century history and offers powerful reinterpretations of such key events in the...

    Published May 21st 2003 by Routledge

  9. Southeast Asia

    A Testament

    By George McT. Kahin

    Series: Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

    Southeast Asia: A Testament covers the tragic history of post war Indonesia from its successful struggle against the Dutch to Suharto's bloody overthrow of Sukarno in 1965. It also gives a personal account of the US involvement in Indochina, where George Kahin was an early critic of the Vietnam...

    Published September 18th 2002 by Routledge

  10. Women and the Family in Chinese History

    By Patricia Ebrey

    Series: Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship

    This is a collection of essays by one of the leading scholars of Chinese history, Patricia Buckley. In the essays she has selected for this fascinating volume, Professor Ebrey explores features of the Chinese family, gender and kinship systems as practices and ideas intimately connected to history...

    Published August 28th 2002 by Routledge

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