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Ismailism and Islam in Modern South Asia - Community and Identity in the Age of Religious Internationals (Hardcover): Soumen... Ismailism and Islam in Modern South Asia - Community and Identity in the Age of Religious Internationals (Hardcover)
Soumen Mukherjee
R1,751 R1,603 Discovery Miles 16 030 Save R148 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book explores the evolution of a Shia Ismaili identity and crucial aspects of the historical forces that conditioned the development of the Muslim modern in late colonial South Asia. It traces the legal process that, since the 1860s, recast a Shia Imami identity for the Ismailis, and explicates the public career of Imam Aga Khan III amid heightened religious internationalism since the late-nineteenth century, the age of 'religious internationals'. It sheds light and elaborates on the enduring legacies of questions such as the Aga's understanding of colonial modernity, his ideas of India, restructured modalities of community governance and the evolution of Imamate-sponsored institutions, key strands in scholarship that characterized the development of the Muslim and Shia Ismaili modern, and Muslim universality vis-...-vis denominational particularities that often transcended the remits of the modular nation and state structure.

'Abd al-Rahman b. 'Amr al-Awza'i (Hardcover): Steven C Judd 'Abd al-Rahman b. 'Amr al-Awza'i (Hardcover)
Steven C Judd
R561 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R125 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

`Abd al-Rahman b. `Amr al-Awza`i (c.707-774) was Umayyad Syria's most significant jurist. He was part of a generation of scholars who began the process of creating legal and other structures for the preservation and dissemination of religious knowledge. Despite being intimately associated with the Umayyad regime, he not only survived the `Abbasid revolution, but continued to exert an influence on legal and theological matters in the new era. In this he was unique. Examining al-Awza`i's pre-revolutionary success and post-revolutionary legacy, Steven C. Judd sheds light on this often overlooked figure and, in so doing, challenges the prevailing narrative that focuses on the `Abbasids and Iraq to the detriment of Umayyad Syria. The immediate impact of al-Awza`i may have been short-lived, but his influence on aspects of Islamic law, particularly the laws of war, endures to this day.

A History of Korea (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2017): Kyung Moon Hwang A History of Korea (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2017)
Kyung Moon Hwang
R458 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R27 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This accessible and engaging new edition continues to be one of the leading introductory textbooks on Korean history. Fully revised throughout, the author takes a thematic and chronological approach to guide readers from early state formation and the dynastic eras to the modern experience. Episodic accounts in each chapter are discussed in context with extensive examination of how the events and themes under consideration have been viewed up to the present day. By discussing recurring themes such as collective identity, external influence, social hierarchy, and family and gender, the author introduces the major historical events, patterns and debates that have shaped both North and South Korea over the past 1500 years. This textbook is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of history, and those studying Korean or Asian history in particular. The first half of the book covers the pre-20th century era, and the second half the modern era, reflecting the structure of most Korean history courses.

Iranian Intellectuals and the West - The Tormented Triumph of Nativism (Hardcover, New): Mehrzad Boroujerdi Iranian Intellectuals and the West - The Tormented Triumph of Nativism (Hardcover, New)
Mehrzad Boroujerdi
R1,136 Discovery Miles 11 360 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Regarding the constitution of other-ness, this work examines the pedagogical, political and discursive practice of post-World war II Iranian intellectuals. It shows how clerics, secular and lay religious intellectuals confronted a dual sense of other-ness which resulted in dissent and nativism.

Krakatoa - The Day the World Exploded (Paperback, New Ed): Simon Winchester Krakatoa - The Day the World Exploded (Paperback, New Ed)
Simon Winchester 2
R258 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R75 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Simon Winchester's brilliant chronicle of the destruction of the Indonesian island of Krakatoa in 1883 charts the birth of our modern world. He tells the story of the unrecognized genius who beat Darwin to the discovery of evolution; of Samuel Morse, his code and how rubber allowed the world to talk; of Alfred Wegener, the crack-pot German explorer and father of geology. In breathtaking detail he describes how one island and its inhabitants were blasted out of existence and how colonial society was turned upside-down in a cataclysm whose echoes are still felt to this day.

In the Shadow of the Mongol Empire - Ming China and Eurasia (Hardcover): David M. Robinson In the Shadow of the Mongol Empire - Ming China and Eurasia (Hardcover)
David M. Robinson
R1,708 Discovery Miles 17 080 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

During the thirteenth century, the Mongols created the greatest empire in human history. Genghis Khan and his successors brought death and destruction to Eurasia. They obliterated infrastructure, devastated cities, and exterminated peoples. They also created courts in China, Persia, and southern Russia, famed throughout the world as centers of wealth, learning, power, religion, and lavish spectacle. The great Mongol houses established standards by which future rulers in Eurasia would measure themselves for centuries. In this ambitious study, David M. Robinson traces how in the late fourteenth century the newly established Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in China crafted a narrative of the fallen Mongol empire. To shape the perceptions and actions of audiences at home and abroad, the Ming court tailored its narrative of the Mongols to prove that it was the rightful successor to the Mongol empire. This is a story of how politicians exploit historical memory for their own gain.

Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: The making of modern China 1860-1997 Student Book + ActiveBook (Paperback): Larry Auton-Leaf Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: The making of modern China 1860-1997 Student Book + ActiveBook (Paperback)
Larry Auton-Leaf 1
R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book: covers the essential content in the new specifications in a rigorous and engaging way, using detailed narrative, sources, timelines, key words, helpful activities and extension material helps develop conceptual understanding of areas such as evidence, interpretations, causation and change, through targeted activities provides assessment support for A level with sample answers, sources, practice questions and guidance to help you tackle the new-style exam questions. It also comes with three years' access to ActiveBook, an online, digital version of your textbook to help you personalise your learning as you go through the course - perfect for revision.

From Sadat to Saddam - The Decline of American Diplomacy in the Middle East (Hardcover): David J Dunford From Sadat to Saddam - The Decline of American Diplomacy in the Middle East (Hardcover)
David J Dunford
R568 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R125 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

From Sadat to Saddam offers a fresh perspective on the politicization of the U.S. diplomatic service and the militarization of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. This book begins with the 1981 assassination of Egyptian president Sadat, continues through two Gulf wars, and ends with the U.S. withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq in 2011. This firsthand account of thirty years in the diplomatic trenches of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East addresses the basic question of how and why we find ourselves today in endless military conflict and argues that it is directly related to the decline in reliance on our diplomatic skills. From Sadat to Saddam offers an in-depth look by a career diplomat at how U.S. soft power has been allowed to atrophy. It chronicles three decades of dealing not just with foreign policy challenges and opportunities but also with the frustrations of working with bureaucrats and politicians who don't understand the world and are unwilling to listen to those who do. The book makes clear that the decline of our diplomatic capability began well before the election of Donald Trump. It recommends that instead of trying to make soldiers into diplomats and diplomats into soldiers, we invest in a truly professional diplomatic service.

China - Ancient Culture, Modern Land (Hardcover, New): Robert E. Murowchick China - Ancient Culture, Modern Land (Hardcover, New)
Robert E. Murowchick
R977 Discovery Miles 9 770 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Whatever aspect of China interests the reader, this beautifully illustrated volume will provide a thorough and thought-provoking look at this complex and often volatile country.

Said to be the oldest continuous civilization, China is a country full of contradictions; it is at once tranquil and dramatic, unified and diverse. China: Ancient Culture, Modern Land gives the reader the experience of living in China today as well as an overview of ancient Chinese history and culture.

Resistance, Revolt, and Gender Justice in Egypt (Paperback): Mariz Tadros Resistance, Revolt, and Gender Justice in Egypt (Paperback)
Mariz Tadros
R870 R795 Discovery Miles 7 950 Save R75 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

On December 20, 2011, Egyptian women of all ages and backgrounds-urban and rural, working class and upper class-came out in force to Cairo's Tahrir Square in one of the largest uprisings in the country's history. The demonstrators gathered as citizens and likewise as women demanding social change and the right to gender equality. The size and impact of that uprising underscore the vital importance of women activists to what became known as the Arab Spring. In Resistance, Revolt, and Gender Justice in Egypt, Tadros charts the arc of the Egyptian women's movement, capturing the changing dynamics of gender activism over the course of two decades. She explores the interface between feminist movements, Islamist forces, and three regime ruptures in the battle over women's status in Egyptian society and politics. Parsing the factors that contribute to the success and failure of activist movements, Tadros provides valuable insight on sustaining social change and a vitally important perspective on women's evolving status in a contemporary authoritarian context.

Tibet - A History (Hardcover): Sam Schaik Tibet - A History (Hardcover)
Sam Schaik
R593 R553 Discovery Miles 5 530 Save R40 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Situated north of the Himalayas, Tibet is famous for its unique culture and its controversial assimilation into modern China. Yet Tibet in the twenty-first century can only be properly understood in the context of its extraordinary history.

Sam van Schaik brings the history of Tibet to life by telling the stories of the people involved, from the glory days of the Tibetan empire in the seventh century through to the present day. He explores the emergence of Tibetan Buddhism and the rise of the Dalai Lamas, Tibet's entanglement in the "Great Game" in the early twentieth century, its submission to Chinese Communist rule in the 1950s, and the troubled times of recent decades.

"Tibet" sheds light on the country's complex relationship with China and explains often-misunderstood aspects of its culture, such as reborn lamas, monasteries and hermits, "The Tibetan Book of the Dead," and the role of the Dalai Lama. Van Schaik works through the layers of history and myth to create a compelling narrative, one that offers readers a greater understanding of this important and controversial corner of the world.

Project Eagle - The American Christians of North Korea in World War II (Hardcover): Robert S Kim Project Eagle - The American Christians of North Korea in World War II (Hardcover)
Robert S Kim
R620 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R174 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Robert S. Kim contributes to a fuller understanding of Asia in World War II by revealing the role of American Christian missionary families in the development of the Korean independence movement and the creation of the forgotten alliance between that movement and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), called Project Eagle. Project Eagle tells the story of the American Christian missionaries in Korea from 1884 to 1942, who brought a new religion, modern education, and American political ideals to a nation conquered and ruled by the Japanese Empire. The missionaries' influence inextricably linked Christianity and American-style democracy to Korean nationalism and independence, establishing an especially strong presence in Pyongyang. Project Eagle connects this era for the first time to OSS-Korean cooperation during the war through the story of its central figures, American missionary sons George McCune and Clarence Weems and one of the leading national heroes of Korea, Kim Ku. Project Eagle illuminates the shared history between Americans and Koreans that has remained largely unexamined over the past seventy years. The legacy of these American actions in Korea, ignored by the U.S. government and the academy since 1945, has shaped the relationship of the United States to both North Korea and South Korea and remain crucial to understanding the future of the U.S. relations with both Koreas.

Red Flags - Why Xi's China Is in Jeopardy (Paperback): George Magnus Red Flags - Why Xi's China Is in Jeopardy (Paperback)
George Magnus
R281 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R44 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A trusted economic commentator provides a penetrating account of the threats to China's continued economic rise Under President Xi Jinping, China has become a large and confident power both at home and abroad, but the country also faces serious challenges. In this critical take on China's future, economist George Magnus explores four key traps that China must confront and overcome in order to thrive: debt, middle income, the Renminbi, and an aging population. Looking at the political direction President Xi Jinping is taking, Magnus argues that Xi's authoritarian and repressive philosophy is ultimately not compatible with the country's economic aspirations. Thorough and well researched, the book also investigates the potential for conflicts over trade, China's evolving relationship with Trump, and the country's attempt to win influence and control in Eurasia through the Belt and Road initiative.

Iran: Empire of the Mind - A History from Zoroaster to the Present Day (Paperback): Michael Axworthy Iran: Empire of the Mind - A History from Zoroaster to the Present Day (Paperback)
Michael Axworthy
R234 R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Save R67 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Iran often appears in the media as a hostile and difficult country. But beneath the headlines there is a fascinating story of a nation of great intellectual variety and depth, and enormous cultural importance. A nation whose impact has been tremendous, not only on its neighbours in the Middle East but on the world as a whole - and through ideas and creativity rather than by the sword. From the time of the prophet Zoroaster, to the powerful ancient Persian Empires, to the revolution of 1979, the hostage crisis and current president Mahmud Ahmadinejad - a controversial figure within as well as outside the country - Michael Axworthy traces a vivid, integrated account of Iran's past. He explains clearly and carefully both the complex succession of dynasties that ruled ancient Iran and the surprising ethnic diversity of the modern country, held together by a common culture. With Iran again the focus of the world's attention, and questions about the country's disposition and intentions pressing, Iran: Empire of the Mind is an essential guide to understanding a complicated land.

The House of the Dead - Siberian Exile Under the Tsars (Paperback): Daniel Beer The House of the Dead - Siberian Exile Under the Tsars (Paperback)
Daniel Beer 1
R306 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R90 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

WINNER OF THE CUNDHILL HISTORY PRIZE 2017 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE 2017, THE PUSHKIN HOUSE RUSSIAN BOOK PRIZE 2017 AND THE LONGMAN-HISTORY TODAY BOOK PRIZE 2017 THE TIMES, SPECTATOR, BBC HISTORY and TLS BOOKS OF THE YEAR 'Masterful, gripping ... filled with astonishing, vivid and heartbreaking stories of crime and punishment, of redemption, love and terrifying violence. It has an amazing cast of despots, murderers, whores and heroes. It's a wonderful read' Simon Sebag Montefiore It was known as 'the vast prison without a roof'. From the beginning of the nineteenth century to the Russian Revolution, the tsarist regime exiled more than one million prisoners and their families beyond the Ural Mountains to Siberia. The House of the Dead, brings to life both the brutal realities of an inhuman system and the tragic and inspiring fates of those who endured it. This is the vividly told history of common criminals and political radicals, the victims of serfdom and village politics, the wives and children who followed husbands and fathers, and of fugitives and bounty-hunters. The tsars looked on Siberia as creating the ultimate political quarantine from the contagions of revolution. Generations of rebels - republicans, nationalists and socialists - were condemned to oblivion thousands of kilometres from European Russia. Over the nineteenth century, however, these political exiles transformed Siberia's mines, prisons and remote settlements into an enormous laboratory of revolution. This masterly work of original research taps a mass of almost unknown primary evidence held in Russian and Siberian archives to tell the epic story both of Russia's struggle to govern its monstrous penal colony and Siberia's ultimate, decisive impact on the political forces of the modern world. 'An absolutely fascinating book, rich in fact and anecdote.' - David Aaronovitch 'A splendid example of academic scholarship for a public audience. Yet even though he is an impressively calm and sober narrator, the injustices and atrocities pile up on every page.' - Dominic Sandbrook 'A superb, colourful history of Siberian exile under the tsars' - The Times

From Province to Republic to Colony - The James Wheeler Davidson Collection on the Origins and Early Development of Japanese... From Province to Republic to Colony - The James Wheeler Davidson Collection on the Origins and Early Development of Japanese Rule in Taiwan, 1895-1905 (Paperback)
David Curtis Wright, Hsin-Yi Lin
R1,280 Discovery Miles 12 800 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Tiger and the Ruby - A Journey to the Other Side of British India (Hardcover): Kief Hillsbery The Tiger and the Ruby - A Journey to the Other Side of British India (Hardcover)
Kief Hillsbery 1
R446 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R164 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In 1841, Nigel Halleck left Britain as a clerk in the East India Company. He served in the colonial administration for eight years before leaving his post, eventually disappearing in the mountain kingdom of Nepal, never to be heard from again. A century-and-a-half later, Kief Hillsbery, Nigel's nephew many times removed, sets out to unravel the mystery. Tracing his ancestor's journey across the subcontinent, his quest takes him from Lahore to Calcutta, and finally to the palaces of Kathmandu. What emerges is an unexpected personal chapter in the history of the British Empire in India.

The Words of Gandhi (Paperback, 2nd ed): Mahatma Gandhi, Richard Attenborough The Words of Gandhi (Paperback, 2nd ed)
Mahatma Gandhi, Richard Attenborough
R206 R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Save R58 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Gandhi's ideas are as meaningful today as they were during his long and inspiring life. His enlightening thoughts and beliefs, especially on violence and the atomic bomb, reveal his eloquent foresight about our contemporary world. The words of one of the greatest men of the twentieth century, chosen by the award-winning director Richard Attenborough from Gandhi's letters, speeches, and published writings, explore the prophet's timeless thoughts on daily life, cooperation, nonviolence, faith, and peace.

This bestselling volume includes an introduction by Attenborough and an afterword by Time magazine Senior Foreign Correspondent Johanna McGeary that places Gandhi's life and work in the historical context of the twentieth century. This book and the film Gandhi were the result of producer/director Richard Attenborough's long commitment to keeping alive the flame of Gandhi's spiritual achievement and the wisdom of his actions and his words. They are the wisdom and words of peace. Also included are twenty striking historical photographs, specially selected from the archives at the National Gandhi Museum in New Delhi, that capture the important personal, political, and spiritual aspects of Gandhi's career.

Access to History: Indian Independence 1914-64 Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Tim Leadbeater Access to History: Indian Independence 1914-64 Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Tim Leadbeater 1
R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Exam Board: AQA, Edexcel, OCR & WJEC Level: A-level Subject: History First Teaching: September 2015 First Exam: June 2016 Give your students the best chance of success with this tried and tested series, combining in-depth analysis, engaging narrative and accessibility. Access to History is the most popular, trusted and wide-ranging series for A-level History students. This title: - Supports the content and assessment requirements of the 2015 A-level History specifications - Contains authoritative and engaging content - Includes thought-provoking key debates that examine the opposing views and approaches of historians - Provides exam-style questions and guidance for each relevant specification to help students understand how to apply what they have learnt This title is suitable for a variety of courses including: - Edexcel: India, c1914-48: the road to independence

Lawrence of Arabia's War - The Arabs, the British and the Remaking of the Middle East in WWI (Hardcover): Neil Faulkner Lawrence of Arabia's War - The Arabs, the British and the Remaking of the Middle East in WWI (Hardcover)
Neil Faulkner
R612 R572 Discovery Miles 5 720 Save R40 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A wealth of new research and thinking on Lawrence, the Arab Revolt, and World War One in the Middle East, providing essential background to today's violent conflicts Rarely is a book published that revises our understanding of an entire world region and the history that has defined it. This groundbreaking volume makes just such a contribution. Neil Faulkner draws on ten years of field research to offer the first truly multidisciplinary history of the conflicts that raged in Sinai, Arabia, Palestine, and Syria during the First World War. In Lawrence of Arabia's War, the author rewrites the history of T. E. Lawrence's legendary military campaigns in the context of the Arab Revolt. He explores the intersections among the declining Ottoman Empire, the Bedouin tribes, nascent Arab nationalism, and Western imperial ambition. The book provides a new analysis of Ottoman resilience in the face of modern industrialized warfare, and it assesses the relative weight of conventional operations in Palestine and irregular warfare in Syria. Faulkner thus reassesses the historic roots of today's divided, fractious, war-torn Middle East.

Japan (Paperback): Jeff Kingston Japan (Paperback)
Jeff Kingston
R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Japan, anchored by its traditions, transformed by American post-war Occupation, and globally recognized for its technological innovations, manufacturing prowess, and pop culture, faces powerful challenges from within and without. How Japan chooses to handle these problems and opportunities will determine its future for decades to come. In this book, Jeff Kingston - one of the most lucid analysts of Japan today - takes readers on a fascinating journey through this country's contemporary history, exploring the key developments and forces, both at home and abroad, that are shaping Japan in the twenty-first century. Whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's transformative agenda of "Abenomics" and "proactive pacifism" toward a rising China and a belligerent North Korea can set Japan on the path to greater prosperity and security remains to be seen. But having won a third term as president of the Liberal Democratic Party in 2018, Japan's ongoing transformation is very much in Abe's hands.

A Village with My Name - A Family History of China's Opening to the World (Hardcover): Scott Tong A Village with My Name - A Family History of China's Opening to the World (Hardcover)
Scott Tong
R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

When journalist Scott Tong moved to Shanghai, his assignment was to start up the first full-time China bureau for "Marketplace," the daily business and economics program on public radio stations across the United States. But for Tong the move became much more it offered the opportunity to reconnect with members of his extended family who had remained in China after his parents fled the communists six decades prior. By uncovering the stories of his family's history, Tong discovered a new way to understand the defining moments of modern China and its long, interrupted quest to go global. A Village with My Name offers a unique perspective on the transitions in China through the eyes of regular people who have witnessed such epochal events as the toppling of the Qing monarchy, Japan's occupation during World War II, exile of political prisoners to forced labor camps, mass death and famine during the Great Leap Forward, market reforms under Deng Xiaoping, and the dawn of the One Child Policy. Tong's story focuses on five members of his family, who each offer a specific window on a changing country: a rare American-educated girl born in the closing days of the Qing Dynasty, a pioneer exchange student, an abandoned toddler from World War II who later rides the wave of China's global export boom, a young professional climbing the ladder at a multinational company, and an orphan (the author's daughter) adopted in the middle of a baby-selling scandal fueled by foreign money. Through their stories, Tong shows us China anew, visiting former prison labor camps on the Tibetan plateau and rural outposts along the Yangtze, exploring the Shanghai of the 1930s, and touring factories across the mainland. With curiosity and sensitivity, Tong explores the moments that have shaped China and its people, offering a compelling and deeply personal take on how China became what it is today.

Saudi, Inc. - The Arabian Kingdom's Pursuit of Profit and Power (Paperback): Ellen R. Wald Saudi, Inc. - The Arabian Kingdom's Pursuit of Profit and Power (Paperback)
Ellen R. Wald
R351 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R64 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Iran - A Social and Political History since the Qajars (Paperback): Yann Richard Iran - A Social and Political History since the Qajars (Paperback)
Yann Richard
R540 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R115 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

From encounters with Western powers in the nineteenth century through to a Constitutional Revolution at the beginning of the twentieth century, and from the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mosaddeq in the 1950s to the current Islamic Republic, Iran's history has rarely been far from tumultuous and dramatic. And the ways in which Iranian society has participated in and reacted to these events have been equally fascinating and revolutionary. Here for the first time in English, Yann Richard offers his take on the social and political history of Iran since 1800. Richard's account traces the common threads of national ideology and violent conflict that have characterised a number of episodes in Iranian history. By also concerning himself with the reactions and feelings of Iranian society, and by referring frequently to Persian sources and commentaries, Richard gives us a unique insight into the challenges encountered by Iranians in modern times.

China's War with Japan, 1937-1945 - The Struggle for Survival (Paperback): Rana Mitter China's War with Japan, 1937-1945 - The Struggle for Survival (Paperback)
Rana Mitter 1
R262 R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Save R75 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Winner of the Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature Different countries give different opening dates for the period of the Second World War, but perhaps the most compelling is 1937, when the 'Marco Polo Bridge Incident' plunged China and Japan into a conflict of extraordinary duration and ferocity - a war which would result in many millions of deaths and completely reshape East Asia in ways which we continue to confront today. With great vividness and narrative drive Rana Mitter's book draws on a huge range of new sources to recreate this terrible conflict. He writes both about the major leaders (Chiang Kaishek, Mao Zedong and Wang Jingwei) and about the ordinary people swept up by terrible times. Mitter puts at the heart of our understanding of the Second World War that it was Japan's failure to defeat China which was the key dynamic for what happened in Asia.

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