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Editorial Inquiries
  1. Dorothea Schaefter (on leave)
    Senior Editor, Central, South and Southeast Asia
    Jillian Morrison, Acting Associate Editor

  2. Stephanie Rogers
    Publisher, East Asia

  3. Peter Sowden
    Editor, Asia

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Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

  1. Post-War Repatriation to Defeated Japan

    By Beatrice Trefalt

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    The repatriation of more than six million Japanese from overseas territories in the period between 1945 and the mid-1950shaad a major impact on Japanese culture and politics. The book explores the tensions of identity that emerged during the years of re-integration and shows how tightly post-war...

    To Be Published April 29th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Women in Modern Burma

    By Tharaphi Than

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    This book challenges the popular notion that Burmese women are powerful and are granted equal rights as men by society. Throughout history Burmese women have been represented as powerful and as having equal status to men by western travellers and scholars alike. National history about women also...

    Published October 31st 2013 by Routledge

  3. Status and Security in Southeast Asian State Systems

    By Nicholas Tarling

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Southeast Asia serves as an excellent case study to discuss major transformations in the relationship between states. This book looks at the changing nature of relationships between countries in Southeast Asia, as well as their relationships with other states in Asia and beyond. A diverse region...

    Published December 11th 2012 by Routledge

  4. China and the First Vietnam War, 1947-54

    By Laura M. Calkins

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    This book charts the development of the First Vietnam War – the war between the Vietnamese Communists (the Viet Minh) and the French colonial power – considering especially how relations between the Viet Minh and the Chinese Communists had a profound impact on the course of the war. It shows how...

    Published April 3rd 2013 by Routledge

  5. Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan

    By Denis Gainty

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    In 1895, the newly formed Greater Japan Martial Virtue Association (Dainippon Butokukai) held its first annual Martial Virtue Festival (butokusai) in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The Festival marked the arrival of a new iteration of modern Japan, as the Butokukai’s efforts to define and popularise...

    Published March 20th 2013 by Routledge

  6. Macao – Cultural Interaction and Literary Representations

    Edited by Katrine K. Wong, C.X. George Wei

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Macao, the former Portuguese colony in southeast China from the 1550s until its return to China in 1999, has a long and very interesting history of cultural interaction between China and the West. As an entity with independent political power and a unique social setting and cultural development,...

    Published September 27th 2013 by Routledge

  7. Macao – The Formation of a Global City

    Edited by C.X. George Wei

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Macao, the former Portuguese colony in southeast China, has a long and very interesting history of cultural interaction between China and the West. Held by the Portuguese from the 1550s until its return to China in 1999, Macao was up to the emergence of Hong Kong in the later nineteenth century the...

    Published October 30th 2013 by Routledge

  8. Chinese Business in East Asia, 1850-1950

    Strategic Ethnic Networking

    By Chi-Cheung Choi

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Many people in business studies argue that Chinese business is often successful because of special Chinese cultural characteristics, which aid business success, characteristics such as family networks, "guanxi" capitalism, and, more recently, Confucian ethics. This book discusses the factors which...

    To Be Published March 31st 2015 by Routledge

  9. Gambling, the State and Society in Thailand, c.1800-1945

    By James A. Warren

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    During the nineteenth century there was a huge increase in the level and types of gambling in Thailand. Taxes on gambling became a major source of state revenue, with the government establishing state-run lotteries and casinos in the first half of the twentieth century. Nevertheless, over the same...

    Published April 3rd 2013 by Routledge

  10. International Competition in China, 1899-1949

    The Rise and Fall of the Open Door Policy

    By Bruce Elleman

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    The Open Door Policy in China was proposed by the U.S. government in 1899. Although adopted to stop the foreign partition of China, it was condemned as economic imperialism during the Cold-War period. With the People’s Republic of China (PRC) embracing market reforms, encouraging foreign investment...

    To Be Published March 30th 2015 by Routledge

  11. China and Japan in the Russian Imagination, 1685-1922

    To the Ends of the Orient

    By Susanna Soojung Lim

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Throughout the centuries, as Russia strove to build itself into an imperial power equal to those in the West, China and Japan came to occupy a special place in Russians’ view of the orient. Never colonised by Russia or the West, China and Japan were linked not only to the greatest of Russian...

    Published February 14th 2013 by Routledge

  12. The Jesuit Missions to China and Peru, 1570-1610

    Expectations and Appraisals of Expansionism

    By Ana Carolina Hosne

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    The rulers of the overseas empires summoned the Society of Jesus to evangelize their new subjects in the ‘New World’ which Spain and Portugal shared; this book is about how two different missions, in China and Peru, evolved in the early modern world. From a European perspective, this book is about...

    Published May 24th 2013 by Routledge

  13. The Philosophy of Japanese Wartime Resistance

    A reading, with commentary, of the complete texts of the Kyoto School discussions of "The Standpoint of World History and Japan"

    By David Williams

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    The transcripts of the three Kyoto School roundtable discussions of the theme of ‘the standpoint of world history and Japan’ may now be judged to form the key source text of responsible Pacific War revisionism. Published in the pages of Chuo Koron, the influential magazine of enlightened elite...

    Published April 8th 2014 by Routledge

  14. Xinjiang and the Expansion of Chinese Communist Power

    Kashgar in the Early Twentieth Century

    By Michael Dillon

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Xinjiang, China's far northwestern province where the majority of the population are Muslim Uyghurs, was for most of its history contested territory. On the Silk Road, a region of overlapping cultures, the province was virtually independent until the late nineteenth century, nominally part of the...

    To Be Published July 25th 2014 by Routledge

  15. China and Southeast Asia

    Historical Interactions

    Edited by Geoffrey Wade, James K. Chin

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Spanning the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries and examining maritime trading relations, political interactions, overland Chinese expansion and Chinese commerce in Southeast Asia, this book will appeal to historians of China and Southeast Asia....

    To Be Published February 14th 2015 by Routledge

  16. Post-War Borneo, 1945-1950

    Nationalism, Empire and State-Building

    By Ooi Keat Gin

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    This book examines Borneo, both British Borneo – Brunei, Sarawak and North Borneo – and Dutch Borneo in the period 1945-1950. Borneo then was at the crossroads. Following the Japanese Occupation, the likely future status of the various Bornean territories was not at all clear, and the book...

    Published May 8th 2013 by Routledge

  17. Government, Imperialism and Nationalism in China

    The Maritime Customs Service and its Chinese Staff

    By Chihyun Chang

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    The Chinese Maritime Customs Service, which was led by British staff, is often seen as one of the key agents of Western imperialism in China, the customs revenue being one of the major sources of Chinese government income but a source much of which was pledged to Western banks as the collateral for...

    Published December 10th 2012 by Routledge

  18. The Evolution of the Japanese Developmental State

    Institutions locked in by ideas

    By Hironori Sasada

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    The Japanese economy underwent a fundamental transition from a liberal economy to a developmental state system during World War II, and despite efforts by the American occupation forces to dismantle them after 1945, these elements of the wartime economic system remained in place. Through an...

    Published July 2nd 2012 by Routledge

  19. Trans-Colonial Modernities in South Asia

    Edited by Michael S. Dodson, Brian A. Hatcher

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Presenting cutting-edge scholarship dedicated to exploring the emergence and articulation of modernity in colonial South Asia, this book builds upon and extends recent insights into the constitutive and multiple projects of colonial modernity. Eschewing the fashionable binaries of resistance and...

    Published February 8th 2012 by Routledge

  20. Reforming Public Health in Occupied Japan, 1945-52

    Alien Prescriptions?

    By Christopher Aldous, Akihito Suzuki

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Whilst most facets of the Occupation of Japan have attracted much scholarly debate in recent decades, this is not the case with reforms relating to public health. The few studies of this subject largely follow the celebratory account of US-inspired advances, strongly associated with Crawford Sams,...

    Published December 2nd 2011 by Routledge

  21. Russo-Japanese Relations, 1905-17

    From enemies to allies

    By Peter Berton

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    One surprising outcome of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905 was that, although Russia was humiliatingly defeated, by 1916 Russia and Japan had become allies. This book provides a detailed analysis of how this remarkable turnaround came about. It traces the evolution of relations between the two...

    Published November 18th 2011 by Routledge

  22. Science, Public Health and the State in Modern Asia

    Edited by Liping Bu, Darwin H. Stapleton, Ka-Che Yip

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    This book examines the encounter between western and Asian models of public health and medicine in a range of East and Southeast Asian countries over the course of the twentieth century until now. It discusses the transfer of scientific knowledge of medicine and public health approaches from Europe...

    Published October 25th 2011 by Routledge

  23. China's Political Economy in Modern Times

    Changes and Economic Consequences, 1800-2000

    By Kent G Deng

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    This book makes an important contribution to the study of changes in China’s institutions and their impact on the national economy as well as ordinary people’s daily material life from 1800 to 2000. Kent Deng reveals China’s mega-cycle of prosperity-poverty-prosperity without the usual attribution...

    Published October 4th 2011 by Routledge

  24. New Perspectives on the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia

    Continuing Explorations

    Edited by Michael Arthur Aung-Thwin, Kenneth R. Hall

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Using a unique "old–new" treatment, this book presents new perspectives on several important topics in Southeast Asian history and historiography. Based on original, primary research, it reinterprets and revises several long-held conventional views in the field, covering the period from the "...

    Published May 11th 2011 by Routledge

  25. 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 May 3rd 2011 by Routledge

  26. 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 17th 2010 by Routledge

  27. Modern China's Ethnic Frontiers

    A Journey to the West

    By Hsiao-ting Lin

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    The purpose of this book is to examine the strategies and practices of the Han Chinese Nationalists vis-à-vis post-Qing China’s ethnic minorities, as well as to explore the role they played in the formation of contemporary China’s Central Asian frontier territoriality and border security. The...

    Published August 3rd 2010 by Routledge

  28. National Pasts in Europe and East Asia

    By Peter W. Preston

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    With the rise of industrial capitalism in Europe and the related imposition of colonial rule in much of East Asia, both Europe and East Asia have intertwined histories that continue to shape their political thinking and political decision making. The contemporary interactions of the two regions –...

    Published June 23rd 2010 by Routledge

  29. Atrocity and American Military Justice in Southeast Asia

    Trial by Army

    By Louise Barnett

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    This book is an examination of American army legal proceedings that resulted from a series of moments when soldiers in a war zone crossed a line between performing their legitimate functions and committing crimes against civilians, or atrocities. Using individual judicial proceedings held within...

    Published January 20th 2010 by Routledge

  30. Southeast Asia and the Great Powers

    By Nicholas Tarling

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    The success of regionalism in Southeast Asia depends on the attitudes of the states within the region but also on the attitude of those outside it. This book is an erudite and stimulating study on the latter. Placing these states in a long term historical context Tarling brings out the way in which...

    Published January 11th 2010 by Routledge

  31. The Cold War and National Assertion in Southeast Asia

    Britain, the United States and Burma, 1948–1962

    By Matthew Foley

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    This book charts British and American approaches to Burma between the country’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1948 and the military coup that ended civilian government in 1962. It analyses the fundamental drivers of Anglo-American policy-making during this crucial period – assumptions,...

    Published December 14th 2009 by Routledge

  32. The International History of East Asia, 1900–1968

    Trade, Ideology and the Quest for Order

    Edited by Antony Best

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    This book provides a broad account of the international history of East Asia from 1900 to 1968 - a subject that is essential to any understanding of the modern epoch. Whereas much of the scholarship on this subject has focused purely on the immediate origins and consequences of violent events such...

    Published December 13th 2009 by Routledge

  33. Journalism and Politics in Indonesia

    A Critical Biography of Mochtar Lubis (1922-2004) as Editor and Author

    By David T. Hill

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

    Mochtar Lubis was one of Indonesia’s best-known newspaper editors, authors and cultural figures, with a national, regional and international prominence that he retained from the early 1950s until his recent death in 2004. This book traces the major events in the life of Mochtar Lubis, which is also...

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge