Book cover of You Don't Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War by Elizabeth Becker
Asia

You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War

The long buried story of three extraordinary female journalists who permanently shattered the official and cultural barriers to women covering war.

Kate Webb, an Australian iconoclast, Catherine Leroy, a French dare devil photographer, and Frances FitzGerald, a blue-blood American intellectual, arrived in Vietnam with starkly different life experiences but one shared purpose: to report on the most consequential story of the decade. […Learn More]

Book cover of Empires of Vice: The Rise of Opium Prohibition across Southeast Asia by Diana Kim
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Empires of Vice: The Rise of Opium Prohibition across Southeast Asia

A history of opium’s dramatic fall from favor in colonial Southeast Asia

During the late nineteenth century, opium was integral to European colonial rule in Southeast Asia. The taxation of opium was a major source of revenue for British and French colonizers, who also derived moral authority from imposing a tax on a peculiar vice of their non-European subjects. Yet between the 1890s and the 1940s, colonial states began to ban opium, upsetting the very foundations of overseas rule―how did this happen? […Learn More]

Book cover of War of Empires, A: Japan, India, Burma & Britain: 1941–45 by Robert Lyman
Asia

A War of Empires: Japan, India, Burma & Britain: 1941–45

In 1941 and 1942 the British and Indian Armies were brutally defeated and Japan reigned supreme in its newly conquered territories throughout Asia. But change was coming. New commanders were appointed, significant training together with restructuring took place, and new tactics were developed. A War of Empires by acclaimed historian Robert Lyman expertly retells these coordinated efforts and describes how a new volunteer Indian Army, rising from the ashes of defeat, would ferociously fight to turn the tide of war. […Learn More]

Book cover of Underground Asia: Global REvolutionaries and the Assault on Empire by Tim Harper
Asia

Underground Asia: Global Revolutionaries and the Assault on Empire

A major historian tells the dramatic and untold story of the shadowy networks of revolutionaries across Asia who laid the foundations in the early twentieth century for the end of European imperialism on their continent.

This is the epic tale of how modern Asia emerged out of conflict between imperial powers and a global network of revolutionaries in the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century. […Learn More]

Book cover for JFK vs Allen Dulles: Battleground Indonesia by Dr. Greg Poulgrain
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JFK vs Allen Dulles: Battleground Indonesia

For those interested in the assassination of JFK, the untold story of Indonesia, gold, JFK, Allen Dulles, the CIA, and secret military coups.

Two of the most fascinating figures in history, John F. Kennedy, thirty-fifth president of the United States, and Allen Dulles, our nation’s longest-serving CIA director, often clashed over intelligence issues and national security. However, one such conflict has remained in the shadows until now. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66 by Geoffrey B. Robinson
Asia

The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965 – 1966

The definitive account of one of the twentieth century’s most brutal, yet least examined, episodes of genocide and detention

The Killing Season explores one of the largest and swiftest, yet least examined, instances of mass killing and incarceration in the twentieth century-the shocking antileftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965-66, leaving some five hundred thousand people dead and more than a million others in detention […Learn More]

Book Cover of Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia by John T. Sindel
Asia

Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia

In Republicanism, Communism, Islam, John T. Sidel provides an alternate vantage point for understanding the variegated forms and trajectories of revolution across the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam, a perspective that is de-nationalized, internationalized, and transnationalized. Sidel positions this new vantage point against the conventional framing of revolutions in modern Southeast Asian history in terms of a nationalist template, on the one hand, and distinctive local cultures and forms of consciousness, on the other. […Learn More]

Book cover of Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire by Sujit Sivasundaram
Asia

Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire

This is a story of tides and coastlines, winds and waves, islands and beaches. It is also a retelling of indigenous creativity, agency, and resistance in the face of unprecedented globalization and violence. Waves Across the South shifts the narrative of the Age of Revolutions and the origins of the British Empire; it foregrounds a vast southern zone that ranges from the Arabian Sea and southwest Indian Ocean across to the Bay of Bengal, and onward to the South Pacific and the Tasman Sea. As the empires of the Dutch, French, and especially the British reached across these regions, they faced a surge of revolutionary sentiment. […Learn More]

Asia

Vietnam: A New History

The definitive history of modern Vietnam, lauded as “groundbreaking” (Guardian) and “the best one-volume history of modern Vietnam in English” (Wall Street Journal) and a finalist for the Cundill History Prize

In Vietnam, Christopher Goscha tells the full history of Vietnam, from antiquity to the present day. Generations of emperors, rebels, priests, and colonizers left complicated legacies in this remarkable country […Learn More]

Asia

Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia, and the Cold War

Migration in the Time of Revolution examines how two of the world’s most populous countries interacted between 1945 and 1967, when the concept of citizenship was contested, political loyalty was in question, identity was fluid, and the boundaries of political mobilization were blurred. Taomo Zhou asks probing questions of this important period in the histories of the People’s Republic of China and Indonesia. […Learn More]