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Asian States and Empires

Series Editor: Peter Lorge

The importance of Asia will continue to grow in the twenty-first century, but remarkably little is available in English on the history of the polities that constitute this critical area. Most current work on Asia is hindered by the extremely limited state of knowledge of the Asian past in general, and the history of Asian states and empires in particular. Asian States and Empires is a book series that will provide detailed accounts of the history of states and empires across Asia from earliest times until the present. It aims to explain and describe the formation, maintenance and collapse of Asian states and empires, and the means by which this was accomplished, making available the history of more than half the world’s population at a level of detail comparable to the history of Western polities. In so doing, it will demonstrate that Asian peoples and civilizations had their own histories apart from the West, and provide the basis for understanding contemporary Asia in terms of its actual histories, rather than broad generalizations informed by Western categories of knowledge.

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  1. The East Asian War, 1592-1598

    International Relations, Violence and Memory

    Edited by James B. Lewis

    Series: Asian States and Empires

    As East Asia regains its historical position as a world centre, information on the history of regional relations becomes ever more critical. Astonishingly, Northeast Asia enjoyed five centuries of international peace from 1400 to 1894, broken only by one major international war – the invasion of...

    Published December 10th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Rethinking the Decline of China's Qing Dynasty

    Imperial Activism and Borderland Management at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century

    By Daniel McMahon

    Series: Asian States and Empires

    The many instances of regional insurgency and unrest that erupted on China’s borderlands at the turn of the nineteenth century are often regarded by scholars as evidence of government disability and the incipient decline of the imperial Qing dynasty. This book, based on extensive original research,...

    Published August 26th 2014 by Routledge

  3. China's Second Capital – Nanjing under the Ming, 1368-1644

    By Jun Fang

    Series: Asian States and Empires

    This book is a study of the dual capital system of Ming dynasty China (1368-1644), with a focus on the administrative functions of the auxiliary Southern Capital, Nanjing. It argues that the immense geographical expanse of the Chinese empire and the poor communication infrastructure of pre-modern...

    Published May 8th 2014 by Routledge

  4. War, Culture and Society in Early Modern South Asia, 1740-1849

    By Kaushik Roy

    Series: Asian States and Empires

    This book argues that the role of the British East India Company in transforming warfare in South Asia has been overestimated. Although it agrees with conventional wisdom that, before the British, the nature of Indian society made it difficult for central authorities to establish themselves fully...

    Published October 29th 2013 by Routledge

  5. The Military Collapse of China's Ming Dynasty, 1618-44

    By Kenneth M. Swope

    Series: Asian States and Empires

    This book examines the military collapse of China’s Ming Dynasty to a combination of foreign and domestic foes. The Ming’s defeat was a highly surprising development, not least because as recently as in the 1590s the Ming had managed to defeat a Japanese force considered to be perhaps the most...

    Published August 22nd 2013 by Routledge

  6. The Third Chinese Revolutionary Civil War, 1945–49

    An Analysis of Communist Strategy and Leadership

    By Christopher R. Lew

    Series: Asian States and Empires

    This book examines the Third Chinese Revolutionary Civil War of 1945–1949, which resulted in the victory of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over Chiang Kaishek and the Guomindang (GMD) and the founding of The People’s Republic of China in 1949. It provides a military and strategic history of...

    Published May 17th 2011 by Routledge

  7. China's Southern Tang Dynasty, 937-976

    By Johannes L. Kurz

    Series: Asian States and Empires

    The Southern Tang was one of China’s minor dynasties and one of the great states in China in the tenth century. Although often regarded as one of several states preceding the much better known Song dynasty (960-1279), the Southern Tang dynasty was in fact the key state in this period, preserving...

    Published March 24th 2011 by Routledge

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