Asia

Science and the Indian Tradition: When Einstein Met Tagore (India in the Modern World (Numbered))

By David L. Gosling

This new textual content is an in depth learn of an incredible method in glossy Indian historical past. throughout the past due 19th and early 20th century, India skilled an highbrow renaissance, which owed as a lot to the inflow of latest rules from the West as to standard spiritual and cultural insights.

Gosling examines the results of the creation of Western technology into India, and the connection among Indian traditions of notion and secular Western medical doctrine. He charts the early improvement of technological know-how in India, its function within the secularization of Indian society, and the following reassertion, version and rejection of conventional modes of concept. The ideals of key Indian scientists, together with Jagadish Chandra Bose, %. Roy and S.N. Bose are explored and the e-book is going directly to mirror upon how person scientists may well nonetheless settle for specific spiritual ideals comparable to reincarnation, cosmology, miracles and prayer.

Science and the Indian Tradition supplies an in-depth review of result of the advent of Western technological know-how into India, and should be of curiosity to students of Indian historical past and people drawn to the interplay among Western and Indian traditions of highbrow thought.

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Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping

By David M. Lampton

With certain entry to chinese language leaders in any respect degrees of the occasion and govt, best-selling writer David M. Lampton tells the tale of China’s political elites from their very own views. according to over interviews, Following the chief bargains a unprecedented glimpse into how the attitudes and concepts of these on the best have advanced during the last 4 a long time. the following China’s rulers clarify their recommendations and concepts for relocating the kingdom ahead, proportion their reflections on issues of management and coverage, and talk about the demanding situations that preserve them wakeful at night.

because the chinese language Communist social gathering installs its new president, Xi Jinping, for a most likely ten-year time period, questions abound. How will the rustic circulation ahead as its explosive fee of financial progress starts to sluggish? How does it plan to accommodate family and foreign demands political reform and to deal with an getting older inhabitants, let alone an more and more fragmented paperwork and society? during this insightful publication we find out how China’s leaders see the nation’s political destiny, in addition to approximately its international strategic influence.

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The Shadow of the Past: reputation and military alliances before the First World War (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs)

By Gregory D. Miller

In The Shadow of the Past, Gregory D. Miller examines the position that recognition performs in foreign politics, emphasizing the significance of reliability-confidence that, in accordance with earlier political activities, a rustic will make strong on its promises-in the formation of army alliances. difficult fresh scholarship that makes a speciality of the significance of credibility-a state's popularity for following via on its threats-Miller unearths that trustworthy states have a lot better freedom in forming alliances than those who make investments assets in development army strength yet then use it inconsistently.

To discover the formation and upkeep of alliances in response to popularity, Miller attracts on insights from either political technological know-how and enterprise idea to trace the evolution of serious strength family members sooner than the 1st international struggle. He starts off with the British choice to desert "splendid isolation" in 1900 and examines 3 crises--the First Moroccan quandary (1905-6), the Bosnia-Herzegovina concern (1908-9), and the Agadir main issue (1911)-leading as much as the battle. He determines that states with a name for being a competent best friend have a better time discovering different trustworthy allies, and feature better autonomy inside of their alliances, than do states with a name for unreliability. additional, a heritage of reliability incorporates long term advantages, as states have a tendency to not lose allies even if their recognition declines.

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Dog Soldiers

By Robert Stone

In Saigon throughout the waning days of the Vietnam battle, a small-time journalist named John communicate thinks he'll locate motion - and revenue - via getting concerned in a big-time drug deal. yet again within the States, issues move horribly mistaken for him. puppy infantrymen completely captures the underground temper of the US within the Nineteen Seventies, while novice drug buyers and hippies encountered profiteering law enforcement officials killers - and the cost of survival used to be dangerously excessive.

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Fire on the Water: China, America, and the Future of the Pacific

By Robert Haddick

In Fire at the Water, Robert Haddick contends that a lot of most people and plenty of U.S. coverage specialists are ignorant of the risk that China’s army modernization poses to America’s nationwide pursuits within the Asia-Pacific sector. He keeps that inside of a decade China can have the army strength to put U.S. effect all through East Asia in danger. to prevent a destiny predicament, the USA must model a brand new and extra aggressive approach, one who larger fits the strengths of the U.S. and its allies opposed to China’s vulnerabilities.

The U.S. ahead army presence in East Asia is key to preserving America’s lifestyle, its strategic pursuits, and the region’s balance. it will be an more and more tricky burden for the USA to maintain. besides the fact that, U.S. ahead presence can be more cost-effective and not more dicy than encouraging China’s friends to counter China’s emerging strength through themselves, which might most likely lead to an risky fingers race and a clash that will harm America’s interests.

China’s army technique, situated on its quickly increasing aerospace, naval, and land-based missile forces, is exploiting rising vulnerabilities in America’s forces within the zone. tormented by institutional obstacles, the U.S. has been gradual to conform to China’s swift army modernization. present U.S. responses are impractical, simply because they deplete protection assets opposed to China’s strengths instead of its weaknesses.

Fire at the Water proposes far-reaching adjustments to U.S. international relations, army courses, and methods to counter China’s well-designed army modernization plan. The proposed aggressive technique will boost deterrence and bolster the credibility of U.S. alliances within the zone. all through historical past the swift arrival of a brand new nice strength has frequently ended in clash. the U.S., China, and Asia can keep away from that destiny if the us adopts a extra aggressive technique to impression China’s offerings and hence hold the region’s balance and prosperity.

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Snake Agent (The Detective Inspector Chen Novels)

By Liz Williams

When a soul is going lacking, an occult detective ventures into Hell to retrieve it
When the fourteen-year-old daughter of Singapore Three’s such a lot widespread industrialist dies of anorexia, her mom and dad imagine that Pearl’s ache has come to an finish. yet someplace alongside the best way to the Celestial shorelines, Pearl’s soul is waylaid, lured by way of an unknown strength to the gates of Hell. to avoid wasting their daughter from everlasting banishment, they arrive to Detective Inspector Wei Chen, whose jurisdiction lies among this international and the next.
A round-faced cop who's as critical as his beat is unusual, Chen has a demon for a spouse and a convenience with the supernatural that the majority mortals can't fit. yet discovering Pearl Tang will take him extra into the abyss than ever before—to a mystifying position the place he'll need to cooperate with a demonic detective if he desires to continue to exist. It’s effortless, Chen will locate, to get into Hell. The tough half is getting out.


Snake Agent
is the 1st of the 5 Detective Inspector Chen Novels, which proceed with The Demon and the town and Precious Dragon. 

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The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By James A. Millward

The word "silk road" inspires vibrant scenes of retailers best camel caravans throughout great stretches to alternate unique items in glittering Oriental bazaars, of pilgrims braving bandits and frozen mountain passes to unfold their religion throughout Asia. the truth at the back of those photographs, this Very brief advent illuminates the historic heritage opposed to which the silk highway flourished, laying off mild at the significance of old-world cultural trade to Eurasian and international background.

On the single hand, historian James A. Millward treats the silk street generally, to face in for the cross-cultural communique among peoples around the Eurasian continent in view that not less than the Neolithic period. at the different, he highlights particular examples of products and ideas exchanged among the Mediterranean, Persia, India, and China, in addition to the importance of those exchanges. whereas together with silks, spices, and travelers' stories of colourful locales, the publication explains the dynamics of relevant Eurasian background that promoted Silk street interactions--especially the position of nomad empires--highlighting the significance of the organic, technological, inventive, highbrow, and non secular interchanges around the continent. Millward indicates that those exchanges had a profound influence at the outdated global that was once resembling, if no longer at the scale of, sleek globalization. He additionally disputes the concept that the silk highway declined after the cave in of the Mongol empire or the hole of direct sea routes from Europe to Asia, exhibiting how silk highway phenomena persisted throughout the early glossy and sleek growth of the Russian and chinese language states throughout critical Asia.

Millward concludes that the assumption of the silk highway has remained robust, not just as a favored identify for boutiques and eating places, but in addition in smooth politics and international relations, corresponding to U.S. Secretary of country Hilary Clinton's "Silk highway Initiative" for India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

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When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution

By Elizabeth Becker

Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker all started masking Cambodia in 1973 for The Washington put up, while the rustic used to be perceived as little greater than a footnote to the Vietnam battle. Then, with the increase of the Khmer Rouge in 1975 got here the last of the border and a scientific reorganization of Cambodian society. each person used to be despatched from the cities and towns to the nation-state, the place they have been compelled to exertions forever within the fields. The intelligentsia have been brutally exterminated, and torture, terror, and loss of life turned regimen. finally, nearly million people—nearly 1 / 4 of the population—were killed in what used to be one in all this century's worst crimes opposed to humanity.When the warfare was once Over is Elizabeth Becker's masterful account of the Cambodian nightmare. Encompassing the period of French colonialism and the revival of Cambodian nationalism; Nineteen Fifties Paris, the place Khmer Rouge chief Pol Pot bought his political schooling; the killing fields of Cambodia; govt chambers in Washington, Paris, Moscow, Beijing, Hanoi, and Phnom Penh; and the dying of Pol Pot in 1998; this can be a booklet of epic imaginative and prescient and outstanding energy. Merging unique ancient study with the various voices of these who lived in the course of the occasions and particular interviews with each Cambodian chief of the prior sector century, whilst the conflict was once Over illuminates the darkness of Cambodia with the depth of a bolt of lightning.

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Gai-Jin

By James Clavell


The inheritor to the significant English buying and selling corporation, the Noble House…the direct descendant of the 1st Toranaga Shogun struggling with to usher his nation into the modern age…a appealing younger French girl without end torn among ambition and desireTheir lives intertwine in an unique land newly open to foreigners, gai-jin, torn aside via greed, idealism, and terrorism. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans and spies. Their fates collide in James Clavell’s most modern masterpiece set in nineteenth-century Japan–an unforgettable epic seething with betrayal and secrets and techniques, brutality and heroism, love and forbidden passions.…

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Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: Asia: How to Do Business in 12 Asian Countries

By Terri Morrison, Wayne A. Conaway

Economies are always moving everywhere Asia, as exchange limitations are always being lifted and installed position. to maintain with the velocity of switch, knowing the tradition and customs which are using this growth around the continent is vital. The nations explored in "Kiss, Bow or Shake arms: Asia" are China (Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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