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Technology, Gender and History in Imperial China: Great Transformations Reconsidered

Technology, Gender and History in Imperial China: Great Transformations Reconsidered

1st Edition

Francesca Bray
June 07, 2013

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,...

Mapping China and Managing the World: Culture, Cartography and Cosmology in Late Imperial Times

Mapping China and Managing the World: Culture, Cartography and Cosmology in Late Imperial Times

1st Edition

Richard J. Smith
October 19, 2012

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...

Decoding Subaltern Politics: Ideology, Disguise, and Resistance in Agrarian Politics

Decoding Subaltern Politics: Ideology, Disguise, and Resistance in Agrarian Politics

1st Edition

James C. Scott
October 10, 2012

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....

The Global and Regional in China's Nation-Formation

The Global and Regional in China's Nation-Formation

1st Edition

Prasenjit Duara
December 01, 2008

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 "...

China, East Asia and the Global Economy: Regional and Historical Perspectives

China, East Asia and the Global Economy: Regional and Historical Perspectives

1st Edition

Takeshi Hamashita, Mark Selden, Linda Grove
June 02, 2008

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...

The Chinese State in Ming Society

The Chinese State in Ming Society

1st Edition

Timothy Brook
November 25, 2004

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...

China's Past, China's Future

China's Past, China's Future

1st Edition

Vaclav Smil
November 06, 2003

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...

China Unbound: Evolving Perspectives on the Chinese Past

China Unbound: Evolving Perspectives on the Chinese Past

1st Edition

Paul A. Cohen
May 22, 2003

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...

Southeast Asia: A Testament

Southeast Asia: A Testament

1st Edition

George McT. Kahin
September 19, 2002

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...

Women and the Family in Chinese History

Women and the Family in Chinese History

1st Edition

Patricia Ebrey
August 29, 2002

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...

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