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China as a Sea Power, 1127-1368.
LO JUNG-PANG WITH BRUCE A. ELLEMAN (ED).
Black and white photographic illustrations, xx + 378 pages, index, bibliography, paperback. Lo Jung-pang argues that during each of the three periods when imperial China embarked on maritime enterprises (the Qin and Han dynasties, the Sui and early Tang dynasties, and Song, Yuan, and early Ming dynasties), coastal states took the initiative at a time when China was divided, maritime trade and exploration subsequently peaked when China was strong and unified, and declined as Chinese power weakened. At such times, China's people became absorbed by internal affairs, and state policy focused on threats from the north and the west. These cycles of maritime activity, each lasting roughly five hundred years, corresponded with cycles of cohesion and division, strength and weakness, prosperity and impoverishment, expansion and contraction. In the early 21st century, a strong and outward looking China is again building up its navy and seeking maritime dominance, with important implications for trade, diplomacy and naval affairs. Events will not necessarily follow the same course as in the past, but Lo Jung-pang's analysis suggests useful questions for the study of events as they unfold and decades to come. Lo Jung-pang (1912-81) was a renowned professor of Chinese history at the University of California at Davis. In 1957 he completed a 600-page typed manuscript entitled China as a Sea Power, 1127-1368, but he died without arranging for the book to be published. Bruce Elleman found the manuscript in the UC Davis archives in 2004, and with the support of Dr Lo's family prepared an edited version of the manuscript for publication. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 135786) ... more
Stock ID: 135786
An Irishman in China. Robert Hart, Inspector General of the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs.
191pp, notes, dustjacket, octavo. It was a long journey - in more ways than mere geography - from a childhood in Northern Ireland to becoming the most influential foreigner in 19th-century China. This historical novel follows the life of Robert Hart, whose career in China spanned more than half a century during the turbulent last decades of the Qing dynasty. As the Qing government's Inspector General of the Maritime Customs Service, Hart was involved in many major events of late Imperial China. While negotiating his way through civil dissent and foreign conflicts, he played an instrumental role in the country's modernization. A rare foreigner who learned the language and developed a deep interest in and sensitivity to the culture, Hart had a passion for his adopted country but continually struggled in his dual role as British subject and employee of the Chinese government. Hart's personal life was not without its own challenges as he grappled with his relationship with his Chinese lover and the children he had with her, as well as his British wife and their family together. Long periods of conflict, loneliness and doubt lurked behind the professional triumphs for which he became world-renowned. Based on exhaustive historical research, the story is enlivened by dialogue and plot elements suggested by the author's deep knowledge of Hart and the country and times in which he lived. The reader will be rewarded with insight into this pivotal period in Chinese history through the lens of the life of one fascinating individual. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 142772) ... more
Stock ID: 142772
The Official Journal of the Japanese Military Administration. Volume No. 4.
BUREAU OF PUBLICITY THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL AFFAIRS THE JAPANESE MILITARY ADMINISTRATION.
xvii + [6pp] + 38pp English text + [18 pages of illustrations] + 27pp Japanese text. Original wrappers torn with loss at upper corner with some subsequent loss of title. Neat stamp of Far Eastern Civil Affairs Training School at Stanford University upper cover. Japanese WWII journal covering aspects of the Japanese defeat in the Philippines reprinted by the US War Department. Originally published by the Manila Nichi Nichi Shimbun Sha in 1942. Illustrated are captioned in both English and Japanese. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 142650) ... more
Stock ID: 142650
Treason by the Book.
SPENCE, JONATHAN D.
Map, xvi + 300pp, notes, bibliography, index, a very good hardback copy in dustjacket. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 143471) ... more
Stock ID: 143471
Tari The Little Balinese Dancer
NOENSIE, PAMELA, LAMORE, GARRETTA
Illustrated. Hardback. Tari lives on the beautiful island of Bali with her family and friends. She lives a wonderful life, marked by all the things that make Bali special--the lively temple celebrations which occur regularly in her village, the gorgeous suroundings, the warm feelings of her Balinese neighbors, and, most importantly, dance. Tari lives to dance. Just like her beloved grandmother, dance exists for both of them as a favorite art form. One day, Tari's grandmother gives her a special gift--but shortly after, she passes away. In a special ceremony, Tari and her family bid goodbye to her grandmother. Tari gives her grandmother the best gift she knows how to give--a perfect performance of a dance that her grandmother, too, performed when she was very young. Intended for young girls who love to dance, "Tari: The Little Balinese Dancer" is a moving tale set on the tropical island of Bali, and it provides an excellent introduction to key aspects of Balinese culture. No matter what her ethnicity, young girls will easily relate to the special themes in this story, including the importance of family and the strong bonds of community, traditions such as the famous Legong dance, death of a family member, and the grieving process. Full of traditional Balinese Hindu beliefs, this story offers the message that kids all over the world are unified in the ways they feel about the people and things they love. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 143298) ... more
Stock ID: 143298
To Eastern Lands. Reflections in Prose, Photographs and Verse of a Journey from Melbourne to Bombay, Beijing and Other Exotic Destinations.
Black and white photographic illustrations, 104pp, paperback. Features prose, photographs and verse from the 1960s onwards about a Melbourne boy who became increasingly involved in Asia. The prose introduction sets out the social, cultural and intellectual context in which this young Melbournian matured and developed from grammar school student to diplomat and author. The verse reflects an array of issues. The early verse describes the pleasures of time at the sea and the philosophical questions that confront a grammar school student. The later verse captures the impressions formed by time spent in India, Malaysia, China, Japan and other Asian countries. The focus expands from personal and romantic relationships through to diplomatic incidents and international politics, including satirical views of the often cliché-laced language of politicians and academics. The photographs of people and places are contemporary with the prose and verse and illustrate them. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 142443) ... more
Stock ID: 142443
A Selective Collection of Hong Kong Historic Postcards.
MAN, TONG CHEUK, DAVID PM TOONG, ALAN SK CHEUNG AND MO YU KAI.
A most attractive book illustrated throughout with colour and black and white reproductions of old postcards of Hong Kong presented on Chinese style folded leaves, 135pp, index, wrappers in slipcase. Very good copy. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 143230) ... more
Stock ID: 143230
Forgotten Ally. China's World War II, 1937-1945.
Maps, black and white photographic illustrations, 450pp, notes, bibliography, index, dustjacket. The epic, untold story of China's devastating eight-year war of resistance against Japan. For decades, a major piece of World War II history has gone virtually unwritten. The war began in China, two years before Hitler invaded Poland, and China eventually became the fourth great ally, partner to the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain. Yet its drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue remains little known in the West. Rana Mitter focuses his gripping narrative on three towering leaders: Chiang Kai-shek, the politically gifted but tragically flawed head of China's Nationalist government; Mao Zedong, the Communists' fiery ideological stalwart, seen here at the beginning of his epochal career; and the lesser-known Wang Jingwei, who collaborated with the Japanese to form a puppet state in occupied China. Drawing on Chinese archives that have only been unsealed in the past ten years, he brings to vivid new life such characters as Chiang's American chief of staff, the unforgettable "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell, and such horrific events as the Rape of Nanking and the bombing of China's wartime capital, Chongqing. Throughout, "Forgotten Ally" shows how the Chinese people played an essential role in the wider war effort, at great political and personal sacrifice."Forgotten Ally" rewrites the entire history of World War II. Yet it also offers surprising insights into contemporary China. No twentieth-century event was as crucial in shaping China's worldview, and no one can understand China, and its relationship with America today, without this definitive work. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 143441) ... more
Stock ID: 143441
Chinese Materia Medica. Vegetable Kingdom.
STUART, REV. G.A.
Extensively revised from Dr. F. Porter Smith's work. ii + 558pp + vi index, first and last leaves lightly foxed, black cloth binding a little worn at edges, a very good copy. In this book the plants are described alphabetically, many in considerable detail together with their uses, an appendix of more recent identification follows, also indices of Chinese names, botantical terms, an English index and six errata pages. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 77511) ... more
Stock ID: 77511
Japanese Poetry The 'Uta'.
110pp, vocabulary, index, original wrappers chipped and a little creased, corners of some leaves creased, text sound and clean. Signature of Japanese historian Dr. Richard Mason front free endpaper. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 142334) ... more
Stock ID: 142334
Tibet The Mysterious.
HOLDICH, THOMAS H.
Large colour folding map, three black and white maps, 1 folding, black and white photographic plates (letterpress halftone), xii + 356pp, appendix, index. Attractive pictorial upper cover gilt, black and green, pictorial spine dull and rubbed at head and tail, top edge gilt, bookplate of a prior owner front paste down, occasional neat embossed ownership stamps on upper corners, date stamp lower endpaper, two blank prelims a little foxed but otherwise very good and clean. "Narrative of the adventures and accomplishments of the explorers, and a brief resume of the journeys of all the most important of them in Tibet from Friar Odoric of Pordennone in 1328 to Rawling and Ryder in 1904." Yakushi H229. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 142161) ... more
Stock ID: 142161
The Patola of Gujarat.
BUHLER, ALFRED AND EBERHARD FISCHER.
2 volumes. Volume I: Black and white illustrations, xviii + 340pp. Volume II: Maps, 32 colour and black and white plates, 327pp. Quarto. Very good hardbacks in cloth slipcase. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 142230) ... more
Stock ID: 142230
Sino-Western Relations, Conceptions of China, Cultural Influences and the Development of Sinology. Supplement. Disclosed in Western Printed Books 1477-1877
China Illustrata Nova title on spine. Supplement: 1477 - 1776. Black and white frontispiece, 4 full page colour plates, 207pp. Volume II: 1777 - 1877. Black and white frontispiece, 18 full page colour plates and 12 smaller colour plates, 374pp, names in Chinese, index of names, addenda and corrigenda to Volumes I and II,appendix. Publisher's cloth, pictorial dustjacket. In a cloth-covered box. The supplement to an extensively annotated two volume catalogue in English of books on China in Western languages. It describes additional material since the publication of the catalogue. The Löwendahl – von der Burg collection is a most important assembly of Western books on China, written by Sinologues, missionaries, travellers, merchants and other authors. The collection also includes works by Chinese authors translated and edited by Western scholars. The contents cover Chinese history, language, philosophy, religion, society, science, medicine, missionary work and the "Chinese Rites" controversy, trade (incl. treaties with foreign powers), Hong Kong, foreign aggression, and travel accounts. The two volumes cover books published in the years 1477–1776 and 1777–1877 respectively. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 141990) ... more
Stock ID: 141990
The Call of China's Great North-West or Kansu and Beyond.
TAYLOR, MRS. HOWARD.
Folding map of Kansu Province North West China detached but present, black and white photographic plates, 213pp, endpapers browned, signature of an early owner front paste down and upper margin of first leaf of text. Original red cloth bright, lettered in gilt on spine and black on upper cover. Good copy. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 142196) ... more
Stock ID: 142196
What is Asia Bookroom?
Asia Bookroom is a leading Asian bookselling specialist. We have a large stock of books, old and new, ephemera, antique maps and prints on China, Japan, India, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, Laos, Sri Lanka/Ceylon, Malaysia, Singapore, Timor Leste, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Himalayan region including Tibet and Central Asia. We stock books on all of these areas - and many Asian themes and topics - for example cookery and food, religion and philosophy, Asian art and many more. We also carry a large range of children's books on Asia. Browse our site and subscribe to our mailing list for updates of new books as they arrive.
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