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Voices from the Second Republic of South Vietnam (1967–1975)
This volume recovers the stories of those who strove to build a constitutional structure of representative government in South Vietnam during a war for survival with a totalitarian state.


"This volume is a welcome addition to a growing scholarly literature about South Vietnam. Its personal testimonies provide key details not only about the political and military history of that country but also about the complex backgrounds and worldviews of the men who governed it. It is a record of the hopes and hardships of a group of South Vietnamese who sought to build a stable, prosperous society in a time of decolonization and civil war."—Charles Keith, Michigan State University



Making Uzbekistan
Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR
Adeeb Khalid
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 brought new groups to positions of power and authority in Central Asia.



A Delicate Relationship
The United States and Burma/Myanmar since 1945
Kenton Clymer
In 2012, Barack Obama became the first U.S. president ever to visit Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. This official state visit marked a new period in the long and sinuous diplomatic relationship between the United States and Burma/Myanmar, which Kenton Clymer examines in A Delicate Relationship.



The Diplomacy of Migration
Transnational Lives and the Making of U.S.-Chinese Relations in the Cold War
Meredith Oyen
The Diplomacy of Migration combines important innovations in the field of diplomatic history with new international trends in migration history. During the Cold War, both Chinese and American officials employed a wide range of migration policies and practices to pursue legitimacy, security, and prestige.



Building China
Informal Work and the New Precariat
Sarah Swider
In Building China, Sarah Swider draws on her research in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai between 2004 and 2012, including living in an enclave, working on construction jobsites, and interviews with eighty-three migrants, managers, and labor contractors. Her ethnography focuses on the work, family, and social lives of construction workers in China.



Living Buddhism
Mind, Self, and Emotion in a Thai Community
Julia Cassaniti
In Living Buddhism, Julia Cassaniti explores Buddhist ideas of impermanence, nonattachment, and intention as they are translated into everyday practice in contemporary Thailand.



The Fascist Effect
Japan and Italy, 1915–1952
Reto Hofmann
Reto Hofmann uncovers the ideological links between the fascist governments nad cultures of Japan and Italy, shedding light on the formation of fascism's global history.



A Sarong for Clio
Essays on the Intellectual and Cultural History of Thailand—Inspired by Craig J. Reynolds
Conceived as a tribute to an innovative scholar, dedicated teacher, and generous colleague, it is this volume's ambition to make a concerted intervention on Thai historiography and Thai studies.



Indonesia Journal
April 2015



Unknotting the Heart
Unemployment and Therapeutic Governance in China
Jie Yang
As China has downsized and privatized its state-owned enterprises, severe unemployment has created a new class of urban poor and widespread social and psychological disorders. In Unknotting the Heart, Jie Yang examines this understudied group of workers and their experiences of being laid off, "counseled," and then reoriented to the market economy.



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