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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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Fallows, James M.
Pantheon 1994 Dewey Dec. 950
A fascinating, fresh, and potentially controversial contemplation of the global market.” -Booklist
Higham, Charles F. W.
Facts on File 2004 Dewey Dec. 950
“A good beginning point for research, especially in regard to archaeological excavations.” -Booklist
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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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.
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.
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
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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