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Rural Transition in Azerbaijan

by Zvi Lerman & David Sedik Lexington Books (February 15, 2010)

The book demonstrates that reform policies_including privatization of land and the shift from collective to individual farming_have a significant impact on agricultural growth, rural incomes, and poverty alleviation....


The Reluctant Combatant: Japan and the Second Sino-Japanese War

by Kitamura Minoru & Lin Si-Yun UPA (April 15, 2014)

The Reluctant Combatant offers proof that Japanese political leaders were reluctant to engage China in a full-scale conflict during the Second Sino-Japanese War. This book reveals that the Communists, the National...


A Change in Worlds on the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands: Politics, Economies, and Environments in Northern Sichuan

by Jack Patrick Hayes Lexington Books (December 19, 2013)

This study of Sino-Tibetan northern Sichuan provides a framework for understanding changes in western China’s landscape and among its indigenous populations from late imperial to contemporary times. It highlights...


Killing the Cranes: A Reporter's Journey through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan

by Edward Girardet Chelsea Green Publishing (October 20, 2011)

Few reporters have covered Afghanistan as intrepidly and humanely as Edward Girardet. Now, in a gripping, personal account, Girardet delivers a story of that nation's resistance fighters, foreign invaders, mercenaries,...


Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Historical Sources

by Scott C. Levi & Ron Sela Indiana University Press (October 27, 2009)

Islamic Central Asia is the first English-language anthology of primary documents for the study of Central Asian history. Scott C. Levi and Ron Sela draw from a vast array of historical sources to illustrate...


Everyday Life in Central Asia: Past and Present

by Jeff Sahadeo & Russell Zanca Indiana University Press (June 21, 2007)

For its citizens, contemporary Central Asia is a land of great promise and peril. While the end of Soviet rule has opened new opportunities for social mobility and cultural expression, political and economic...


Douglas MacArthur: Statecraft and Stagecraft in America's East Asian Policy

by Russell D. Buhite Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 18, 2008)

Buhite offers a trenchant evaluation of Douglas MacArthur's career in East Asia and his role in some of the most important military and diplomatic issues of the twentieth century. Concise and highly readable,...


Old Stories Retold: Narrative and Vanishing Pasts in Modern China

by Andrew G. Stuckey Lexington Books (April 30, 2010)

Old Stories Retold delves into intertextual resonances cultivated with traditional literature in modern Chinese fiction from both the mainland and Taiwan. These resonances develop alternative historical sensibilities...


Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China

by Gray Tuttle Columbia University Press (April 26, 2005)

Over the past century and with varying degrees of success, China has tried to integrate Tibet into the modern Chinese nation-state. In this groundbreaking work, Gray Tuttle reveals the surprising role Buddhism...


Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan

by Kamoludin Abdullaev & Shahram Akbarzaheh Scarecrow Press (April 27, 2010)

The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan chronicles this country through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important...


Labrang Monastery: A Tibetan Buddhist Community on the Inner Asian Borderlands, 1709-1958

by Paul Kocot Nietupski Lexington Books (July 10, 2012)

This book is a social and political history of Labrang Monastery, located in Tibet's Amdo and China's Gansu Province. It includes a study of the religious heritage of the region and its interactions with surrounding...


Power Struggle Over Afghanistan

by Kai Eide Skyhorse (November 01, 2011)

Based on the author’s own conversations with President Karzai and other Afghan politicians, as well as prominent international representatives, Power Struggle Over Afghanistan is a Norwegian diplomat’s account...


The Dialectics of Post-Soviet Modernity and the Changing Contours of Islamic Discourse in Azerbaijan

by Murad Ismayilov Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

Azerbaijan’s independence came after seven decades of militant atheism of Soviet modernization project and emerged into staunch secularism of Western modernity, two factors that, on a par with the country’s...


State-Building in Kazakhstan

by Dina Sharipova Lexington Books (June 29, 2018)

This book challenges the conventional wisdom that informal institutions—networks, clientelism, and connections—have to disappear in modern societies due to liberalization of the economy, rapid urbanization,...


Tajikistan on the Move

by Marlène Laruelle, Jesse Driscoll, Tim Epkenhans & John Heathershaw et al. Lexington Books (May 25, 2018)

The southernmost and poorest state of the Eurasian space, Tajikistan collapsed immediately upon the fall of the Soviet Union and plunged into a bloody five-year civil war (1992–1997) that left more than 50,000...


The Monastery Rules

by Berthe Jansen University of California Press (September 25, 2018)

At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.

The Monastery...


Islamic Shangri-La

by David G. Atwill University of California Press (September 18, 2018)

At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.

Islamic...


The Hungry Steppe

by Sarah Cameron Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

The Hungry Steppe examines one of the most heinous crimes of the Stalinist regime, the Kazakh famine of 1930–33. More than 1.5 million people perished in this famine, a quarter of Kazakhstan’s population,...


Central Asia in the Era of Sovereignty

by Theresa Sabonis-Helf, Daniel L. Burghart, Sébastien Peyrouse & Yuhao Du et al. Lexington Books (March 15, 2018)

After twenty-five years of independence, there is little doubt that the five Central Asian states will persist as sovereign, independent states. They increasingly differ from each other, and are making their...


The European Union's Influence in Central Asia

by Olga Alinda Spaiser Lexington Books (March 12, 2018)

Unknown yet highly strategic, Central Asia attracts the interest of major global powers due to its vast energy resources and crucial geographic position. Russia, China, and the European Union view this region...


Have the Mountains Fallen?

by Jeffrey Lilley Indiana University Press (January 25, 2018)

After surviving the blitzkrieg of World War II and escaping from two Nazi prison camps, Soviet soldier Azamat Altay was banished as a traitor from his native home land. Chinghiz Aitmatov became a hero of Kyrgyzstan,...


Shandong

by Paul Hattaway SPCK (January 18, 2018)

Many have heard of the extraordinary explosion of Christianity throughout China in recent decades. Few, however, know how it occurred. Paul Hattaway draws on thirty years’ experience in China and numerous...


Constructing the Uzbek State

by Marlène Laruelle, Svetlana Peshkova, Matteo Fumagalli & Alisher Ilkhamov et al. Lexington Books (December 20, 2017)

Over the past three decades, Uzbekistan has attracted the attention of the academic and policy communities because of its geostrategic importance, its critical role in shaping or unshaping Central Asia as a...


Language, Literacy, and Social Change in Mongolia

by Phillip P. Marzluf Lexington Books (November 22, 2017)

Language, Literacy, and Social Change in Mongolia is the first full-length treatment of literacy in Mongolian. Challenging readers’ assumptions about Central Asia and Mongolia, this book focuses on Mongolians’...


The Headless State: Aristocratic Orders, Kinship Society, and Misrepresentations of Nomadic Inner Asia

by David Sneath Columbia University Press (December 21, 2007)

In this groundbreaking work, social anthropologist David Sneath aggressively dispels the myths surrounding the history of steppe societies and proposes a new understanding of the nature and formation of the...


China's Last Imperial Frontier: Late Qing Expansion in Sichuan's Tibetan Borderlands

by Xiuyu Wang Lexington Books (November 28, 2011)

Combining rich documentation with rigorous analysis, China's Last Imperial Frontier illuminates the internal dynamics of regional power struggle and local resistance that shaped the empire’s response to foreign...


The Geopolitics of Spectacle

by Natalie Koch Cornell University Press (June 15, 2018)

Why do autocrats build spectacular new capital cities? In The Geopolitics of Spectacle, Natalie Koch considers how autocratic rulers use "spectacular" projects to shape state-society relations, but rather than...


Laboratory of Socialist Development

by Artemy M. Kalinovsky Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Artemy Kalinovsky’s Laboratory of Socialist Development investigates the Soviet effort to make promises of decolonization a reality by looking at the politics and practices of economic development in central...


Journey to Lhasa

by Sarat Chandra Das & Parimal Bhattacharya Speaking Tiger Books (October 10, 2017)

In 1874, the brilliant civil engineer Sarat Chandra Das was recruited by the British as a spy in Darjeeling. The Empire wanted to train local agents to gather in-depth intelligence about Tibet—a mysterious...


The Central Asia–Afghanistan Relationship

by Marlène Laruelle, Bruce Pannier, Antonio Giustozzi & Artemy M. Kalinovsky et al. Lexington Books (August 14, 2017)

Central Asia is a relatively understudied neighbor of Afghanistan. The region is often placed into a number of historical and political contexts—a section of the Silk Road, a pawn in the “Great Game,”...


Order at the Bazaar

by Regine A. Spector Cornell University Press (July 03, 2017)

Order at the Bazaar delves into the role of bazaars in the political economy and development of Central Asia. Bazaars are the economic bedrock for many throughout the region—they are the entrepreneurial hubs...


The New Geopolitics of the South Caucasus

by Shireen T. Hunter, Sergey Markedonov, Mohammad Homayounvash & Richard D. Kauzlarich et al. Lexington Books (September 22, 2017)

This collection surveys the three South Caucasian states’ economic, social and political evolution since their independence in 1991. It assesses their successes and failures in these areas, including their...


Eurasia's Shifting Geopolitical Tectonic Plates

by Alexandros Petersen & S. Frederick Starr Lexington Books (July 16, 2017)

This anthology of articles, short studies, and interviews by Alexandros Petersen were written over the span of ten years, starting in 2004. Yet they are even more relevant today in their prescient analysis....


Veiled Empire

by Douglas T. Northrop Cornell University Press (June 08, 2016)

Drawing on extensive research in the archives of Russia and Uzbekistan, Douglas Northrop here reconstructs the turbulent history of a Soviet campaign that sought to end the seclusion of Muslim women. In Uzbekistan...


Making Uzbekistan

by Adeeb Khalid Cornell University Press (November 20, 2015)

In Making Uzbekistan, Adeeb Khalid chronicles the tumultuous history of Central Asia in the age of the Russian revolution. Traumatic upheavals—war, economic collapse, famine—transformed local society and...


The Baron's Cloak

by Willard Sunderland Cornell University Press (May 08, 2014)

Baron Roman Fedorovich von Ungern-Sternberg (1885–1921) was a Baltic German aristocrat and tsarist military officer who fought against the Bolsheviks in Eastern Siberia during the Russian Civil War. From there...


Border Work

by Madeleine Reeves Cornell University Press

In Central Asia’s Ferghana Valley, where Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan meet, state territoriality has taken on new significance in these states’ second decade of independence, reshaping landscapes...


Weapons of the Wealthy

by Scott B. Radnitz Cornell University Press (July 12, 2012)

Mass mobilization is among the most dramatic and inspiring forces for political change. When ordinary citizens take to the streets in large numbers, they can undermine and even topple undemocratic governments,...


Corruption as a Last Resort

by Kelly M. McMann Cornell University Press (October 30, 2014)

Why do ordinary people engage in corruption? Kelly M. McMann contends that bureaucrats, poverty, and culture do not force individuals in Central Asia to pay bribes, use connections, or sell political support....


State Erosion

by Lawrence P. Markowitz Cornell University Press

State failure is a central challenge to international peace and security in the post-Cold War era. Yet theorizing on the causes of state failure remains surprisingly limited. In State Erosion, Lawrence P. Markowitz...


Empire of Nations

by Francine Hirsch Cornell University Press

When the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917, they set themselves the task of building socialism in the vast landscape of the former Russian Empire, a territory populated by hundreds of different peoples belonging...


Blood Ties and the Native Son

by Aksana Ismailbekova Indiana University Press (May 22, 2017)

A pioneering study of kinship, patronage, and politics in Central Asia, Blood Ties and the Native Son tells the story of the rise and fall of a man called Rahim, an influential and powerful patron in rural northern...


The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales

by Burton Watson & Haruo Shirane Columbia University Press (December 10, 2010)

Haruo Shirane and Burton Watson, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese folktales. Taken from seven major anthologies of anecdotal...


Hannibal's Oath

by John Prevas Da Capo Press (September 26, 2017)

According to ancient sources, Hannibal was only nine years old when his father dipped the small boy's hand in blood and made him swear eternal hatred of Rome. Whether the story is true or not, it is just one...


Destiny Disrupted

by Tamim Ansary PublicAffairs (April 28, 2009)

We in the west share a common narrative of world history. But our story largely omits a whole civilization whose citizens shared an entirely different narrative for a thousand years.

In Destiny Disrupted, Tamim...


Genghis Khan

by Frank McLynn Da Capo Press (July 14, 2015)

Mongol leader Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known. His empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East, and Russia. So how...


Rewriting the Nation in Modern Kazakh Literature: Elites and Narratives

by Diana T. Kudaibergenova Lexington Books (January 16, 2017)

This interdisciplinary study is a comprehensive survey of cultural discourse and literary production in Kazakhstan. It examines the construction of national narratives before and after Soviet rule and argues...


No Lack of Courage: Operation Medusa, Afghanistan

by Bernd Horn & R.J. Hillier Dundurn (October 04, 2010)

No Lack of Courage is the story of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Operation Medusa, the largely Canadian action in Afghanistan from 1 to 17 September 2006, to dislodge a heavily entrenched Taliban...


Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History

by Canyon Sam University of Washington Press (February 01, 2011)

Through a lyrical narrative of her journey to Tibet in 2007, activist Canyon Sam contemplates modern history from the perspective of Tibetan women. Traveling on China's new "Sky Train," she celebrates Tibetan...


The Origins of the Civil War in Tajikistan: Nationalism, Islamism, and Violent Conflict in Post-Soviet Space

by Tim Epkenhans Lexington Books (October 26, 2016)

This study provides a comprehensive account of the civil war that erupted in Tajikistan in 1992. Based on a wide range of primary sources, it analyzes the conflict’s long-term historical and structural roots...