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Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia


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Malaysia and the Cold War Era

Malaysia and the Cold War Era

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Ooi Keat Gin
May 01, 2020

From the end of the Second World War in 1945 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, there was a great deal of turmoil, tension and violence in what became Malaysia as a result of the 1963 Federation; upheavals included the Malayan Emergency of 1948・1960, the independence of Malaya in 1957,...

Women Warriors in Southeast Asia

Women Warriors in Southeast Asia

1st Edition

Vina A. Lanzona, Frederik Rettig
January 23, 2020

This book brings together a wide range of case studies to explore the experiences and significance of women warriors in Southeast Asian history from ancient to contemporary times. Using a number of sources, including royal chronicles, diaries, memoirs and interviews, the book discusses why women...

Performing the Politics of Translation in Modern Japan: Staging the Resistance

Performing the Politics of Translation in Modern Japan: Staging the Resistance

1st Edition

Aragorn Quinn
December 16, 2019

Performing the Politics of Translation in Modern Japan sheds new light on the adoption of concepts that motivated political theatres of resistance for nearly a century and even now underpin the collective understanding of the Japanese nation. Grounded in the aftermath of the Meiji Restoration...

World War Two Legacies in East Asia: China Remembers the War

World War Two Legacies in East Asia: China Remembers the War

1st Edition

Chan Yang
December 12, 2019

How to remember World War Two in East Asia is a huge source of friction between China and Japan, causing major diplomatic and political difficulties right up to the present. As this book shows, however, there is also disagreement within these countries as to how to remember the war, which in the...

The Economy of Colonial Malaya: Administrators versus Capitalists

The Economy of Colonial Malaya: Administrators versus Capitalists

1st Edition

Sivachandralingam Sundara Raja
December 12, 2019

Although colonies are often viewed as having been of crucial economic importance to Britain’s empire, those responsible for administering the colonies were often not at all interested in or supportive of commercial ventures, as this book demonstrates. Based on extensive original research, and...

Chinese Middlemen in Hong Kong's Colonial Economy, 1830-1890

Chinese Middlemen in Hong Kong's Colonial Economy, 1830-1890

1st Edition

Kaori Abe
December 12, 2019

The traditional view of the Hong Kong colonial economy is that it was dominated by Western companies, notably the great British merchant houses, and that these firms enlisted support from Chinese middlemen – the compradors – who were effectively agents working for the Western firms. This book,...

Caste in Early Modern Japan: Danzaemon and the Edo Outcaste Order

Caste in Early Modern Japan: Danzaemon and the Edo Outcaste Order

1st Edition

Timothy Amos
December 09, 2019

"Caste", a word normally used in relation to the Indian subcontinent, is rarely associated with Japan in contemporary scholarship. This has not always been the case, and the term was often used among earlier generations of scholars, who introduced the Buraku problem to Western audiences. Amos...

Borneo and Sulawesi: Indigenous Peoples, Empires and Area Studies

Borneo and Sulawesi: Indigenous Peoples, Empires and Area Studies

1st Edition

Ooi Keat Gin
December 05, 2019

This book presents a great deal of new research findings on the history of Borneo, the history of Sulawesi and the interrelationship between the two islands. Some specific chapters focus on empires and colonizers, including the activities of James Brooke in Sulawesi, of Chinese mining communities...

Tuberculosis – The Singapore Experience, 1867–2018: Disease, Society and the State

Tuberculosis – The Singapore Experience, 1867–2018: Disease, Society and the State

1st Edition

Kah Seng Loh, Li Yang Hsu
December 02, 2019

Through a rich account of tuberculosis in Singapore from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, this book charts the relationship between disease, society and the state, outlining the struggles of colonial and post-colonial governments to cope with widespread disease and to establish...

Singapore – Two Hundred Years of the Lion City

Singapore – Two Hundred Years of the Lion City

1st Edition

Anthony Webster, Nicholas J. White
October 31, 2019

Two hundred years after Singapore’s foundation by Stamford Raffles in 1819, this book reflects on the historical development of the city, putting forward much new research and new thinking. It discusses Singapore’s emergence as a regional economic hub, explores its strategic importance and...

International Rivalry and Secret Diplomacy in East Asia, 1896-1950

International Rivalry and Secret Diplomacy in East Asia, 1896-1950

1st Edition

Bruce A. Elleman
September 20, 2019

East Asia was a major focus of struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War of 1945 to 1991, with multiple "hot" and "cold" conflicts in China, Korea, and Vietnam. The struggle for predominance in East Asia, however, largely predated the Cold War, as this book shows,...

The Russian Discovery of Japan, 1670–1800

The Russian Discovery of Japan, 1670–1800

1st Edition

David N. Wells
September 04, 2019

During the period of the Tokugawa shogunate’s seclusion policy from about 1630 onwards there was very little European interaction with the Japanese except through the restricted Dutch presence at Nagasaki. During this period, however, Russians exploring Siberia and the Russian Far East...

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