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Asian States and Empires


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The importance of Asia will continue to grow in the twenty-first century, but remarkably little is available in English on the history of the polities that constitute this critical area.  Most current work on Asia is hindered by the extremely limited state of knowledge of the Asian past in general, and the history of Asian states and empires in particular.  Asian States and Empires is a book series that will provide detailed accounts of the history of states and empires across Asia from earliest times until the present.  It aims to explain and describe the formation, maintenance and collapse of Asian states and empires, and the means by which this was accomplished, making available the history of more than half the world’s population at a level of detail comparable to the history of Western polities.  In so doing, it will demonstrate that Asian peoples and civilizations had their own histories apart from the West, and provide the basis for understanding contemporary Asia in terms of its actual histories, rather than broad generalizations informed by Western categories of knowledge.

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China’s Northern Wei Dynasty, 386-535 The Struggle for Legitimacy

China’s Northern Wei Dynasty, 386-535 The Struggle for Legitimacy

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Puning Liu
December 22, 2020

The Northern Wei was a dynasty which originated outside China and which ruled northern China at the time when the south of China was ruled by a series of dynasties which originated inside China.   Both during the time the Northern Wei were in power, and over many centuries subsequently, the ...

China, Korea & Japan at War, 1592–1598 Eyewitness Accounts

China, Korea & Japan at War, 1592–1598 Eyewitness Accounts

1st Edition

J. Marshall Craig
April 22, 2020

The East Asian War of 1592 to 1598 was the only extended war before modern times to involve Japan, Korea, and China. It devastated huge swathes of Korea and led to large population movements across borders. This book draws on surviving letters and diaries to recount the personal experiences of five...

Early Modern East Asia War, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange

Early Modern East Asia War, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange

1st Edition

Kenneth M. Swope, Tonio Andrade
December 12, 2019

This book presents a great deal of new primary research on a wide range of aspects of early modern East Asia. Focusing primarily on maritime connections, the book explores the importance of international trade networks, the implications of technological dissemination, and the often unforeseen ...

Rethinking Prehistoric Central Asia Shepherds, Farmers, and Nomads

Rethinking Prehistoric Central Asia Shepherds, Farmers, and Nomads

1st Edition

Claudia Chang
December 12, 2019

The peoples of Inner Asia in the second half of the first millennium BC have long been considered to be nomads, engaging in warfare and conflict. This book, which presents the findings of new archaeological research in southeastern Kazakhstan, analyzes these findings to present important ...

Tropical Warfare in the Asia-Pacific Region, 1941-45

Tropical Warfare in the Asia-Pacific Region, 1941-45

1st Edition

Kaushik Roy
December 12, 2019

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the land war during the Second World War in South-East Asia and the South and South-West Pacific. The extensive existing literature focuses on particular armies – Japanese, British, American, Australian or Indian – and/or on particular ...

The Collapse of China's Later Han Dynasty, 25-220 CE The Northwest Borderlands and the Edge of Empire

The Collapse of China's Later Han Dynasty, 25-220 CE The Northwest Borderlands and the Edge of Empire

1st Edition

Wicky W. K. Tse
July 03, 2018

In the Later Han period the region covering the modern provinces of Gansu, southern Ningxia, eastern Qinghai, northern Sichuan, and western Shaanxi, was a porous frontier zone between the Chinese regimes and their Central Asian neighbours, not fully incorporated into the Chinese realm until the ...

Capital Cities and Urban Form in Pre-modern China Luoyang, 1038 BCE to 938 CE

Capital Cities and Urban Form in Pre-modern China Luoyang, 1038 BCE to 938 CE

1st Edition

Victor Cunrui Xiong
March 08, 2018

Luoyang, situated in present-day Henan province, was one of the great urban centres of pre-Qin and early imperial China, the favoured site for dynastic capitals for almost two millennia. This book, the first in any Western language on the subject, traces the rise and fall of the six different ...

The Eurasian Way of War Military Practice in Seventh-Century China and Byzantium

The Eurasian Way of War Military Practice in Seventh-Century China and Byzantium

1st Edition

David A. Graff
January 12, 2018

This book is a comparative study of military practice in Sui-Tang China and the Byzantine Empire between approximately 600 and 700 CE. It covers all aspects of the military art from weapons and battlefield tactics to logistics, campaign organization, military institutions, and the grand strategy of...

Warfare in Pre-British India – 1500BCE to 1740CE

Warfare in Pre-British India – 1500BCE to 1740CE

1st Edition

Kaushik Roy
December 21, 2017

This book presents a comprehensive survey of warfare in India up to the point where the British began to dominate the sub-continent. It discusses issues such as how far was the relatively bloodless nature of pre-British Indian warfare the product of stateless Indian society? How far did technology ...

The East Asian War, 1592-1598 International Relations, Violence and Memory

The East Asian War, 1592-1598 International Relations, Violence and Memory

1st Edition

James B. Lewis
October 23, 2017

As East Asia regains its historical position as a world centre, information on the history of regional relations becomes ever more critical. Astonishingly, Northeast Asia enjoyed five centuries of international peace from 1400 to 1894, broken only by one major international war – the invasion of ...

Chinese and Indian Warfare – From the Classical Age to 1870

Chinese and Indian Warfare – From the Classical Age to 1870

1st Edition

Kaushik Roy, Peter Lorge
October 13, 2017

This book examines the differences and similarities between warfare in China and India before 1870, both conceptually and on the battlefield. By focusing on Chinese and Indian warfare, the book breaks the intellectual paradigm requiring non-Western histories and cultures to be compared to the West,...

Civil-Military Relations in Chinese History From Ancient China to the Communist Takeover

Civil-Military Relations in Chinese History From Ancient China to the Communist Takeover

1st Edition

Kai Filipiak
October 13, 2017

Modern studies of civil--military relations recognise that the military is separate from civil society, with its own norms and values, principles of organization, and regulations. Key issues of concern include the means by which – and the extent to which – the civil power controls the military; and...

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