Modern Online Books on the History of Asia – East Asia – Pacific Asia

Modern Online Books on the History of Asia. Includes books covering regions, especially East Asia and Pacific Asia. Includes a 21st century encyclopedia of Asia. See our other webpages on Asian history for country histories.

Hint: When a book you want to borrow at Internet Archive is already checked out, go to the Internet Archive’s ‘Search’ box, check “Search Metadata”, and search for the book’s title. Sometimes they have two or more copies.

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About 1,400 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Asia History”. Be patient as the page loads.

Pacific Century: The Emergence of Modern Pacific Asia

Borthwick, Mark
Westview 1992        Dewey Dec.    950

“The Asia-Pacific region is rapidly emerging as the global economic and political powerhouse of the twenty-first century. Looking at both Southeast and East Asia, this richly illustrated volume stresses broad, cross-cutting themes of regional history, with an emphasis on the interactions between cultures and nations.” – Publisher

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Looking at the Sun: The Rise of the New East Asian Economic and Political System

Fallows, James M.
Pantheon 1994        Dewey Dec.    950

A fascinating, fresh, and potentially controversial contemplation of the global market.” -Booklist

Encyclopedia of Ancient Asian Civilizations

Higham, Charles F. W.
Facts on File 2004        Dewey Dec.    950

“A good beginning point for research, especially in regard to archaeological excavations.” -Booklist

China and Japan in the Global Setting

Ireye, Akira
Harvard Univ. 1992        Dewey Dec.    950

“This is an eloquently written, serious, and original set of lectures. The book will interest political scientists as much as historians because of its explicit orientation to what the author calls ‘international history’ and because of his very interesting manipulation of the three concepts of power, economy, and culture in order to explain why his three eras—late Meiji, interwar, and postwar—differ from each other.”—Chalmers Johnson, University of California, San Diego

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Encyclopedia of Modern Asia (vol 1)

– Volume 2

– Volume 3

– Volume 4

– Volume 5

– Volume 6

Levinson, David
Scribner 2002        Dewey Dec.    950

This set is alphabetically arranged by topic. Vol 6 provides the index for the whole set. The topics cover the 33 Asian countries’ geography, economics, politics, human rights, cultures and languages, and biographies.

East Asia: The Great Tradition

Reischauer, Edwin O. and Fairbank, John K.
Houghton Mifflin 1960        Dewey Dec.    950

“Sets out to give a survey of the history of China and the lands that have derived their high culture from China – Korea and Japan (but not Vietnam) – up to the time when they became intimately involved with European imperialism. … J.K. Fairbank has contributed three chapters on the Mongol period, the Ming and the Ch’ing.” – J. Royal Asiatic Society.

A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilizations

Schirokauer, Conrad et al.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2006        Dewey Dec.    950

“Explores the development of China and Japan through their art, religion, literature, and thought as well as through their economic, political, and social history. The author team combines strong research with extensive classroom teaching experience to offer a clear, consistent, and highly readable text that is accessible to students with no previous knowledge of the history of East Asia.” – Publisher

A History Of The Far East In Modern Times

Vinacke, Harold M.
Appleton-Century-Crofts 1923        Dewey Dec.    950

Originally published in 1923, this 6th edition was updated and published in approximately 1960. The majority of the book is about the histories of China and Japan, with some chapters on Korea and very brief entries on other countries in the region.

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