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A Colonial Affair
Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India
Danna Agmon
A Colonial Affair traces the 1716 conviction of Nayiniyappa, a Tamil commercial agent employed by the French East India Company, for tyranny and sedition, and his subsequent public torture, the loss of his wealth, the exile of his family, and his ultimate exoneration. Danna Agmon’s gripping microhistory is a vivid guide to the "Nayiniyappa...



Banished to the Great Northern Wilderness
Political Exile and Re-education in Mao’s China
Ning Wang
After Mao Zedong’s Anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957–58, Chinese intellectuals were subjected to "re-education" by the state. In Banished to the Great Northern Wilderness, Ning Wang draws on labor farm archives, interviews, and memoirs to provide a remarkable look at the suffering and complex psychological world of these banished Beijing...



Order at the Bazaar
Power and Trade in Central Asia
Regine A. Spector
Order at the Bazaar delves into the role of bazaars in the political economy and development of Central Asia. Bazaars are the economic bedrock for many throughout the region—they are the entrepreneurial hubs of Central Asia. However, they are often regarded as mafia-governed environments that are largely populated by the dispossessed. By...



Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom
The Sultanahs of Aceh, 1641−1699
Sher Banu A. L. Khan
In Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom, Sher Banu A. L. Khan provides a fresh perspective on the women who ruled in succession in Aceh for half the seventeenth century.



Shaken Authority
China's Communist Party and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake
Christian P. Sorace
In Shaken Authority, Christian P. Sorace examines the political mechanisms at work in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and the broader ideological energies that drove them. Sorace takes Communist Party ideas and discourse as central to how that organization formulates policies, defines legitimacy, and exerts its...



Architects of Occupation
American Experts and Planning for Postwar Japan
Dayna L. Barnes
In Architects of Occupation, Dayna L. Barnes exposes the wartime origins of occupation policy and broader plans for postwar Japan. She considers the role of presidents, bureaucrats, think tanks, the media, and Congress in...



Curse on This Country
The Rebellious Army of Imperial Japan
Danny Orbach
In Curse on This Country, Danny Orbach explains the culture of rebellion in the Japanese armed...



Central Banks and Gold
How Tokyo, London, and New York Shaped the Modern World
Simon James Bytheway, Mark Metzler
Central bankers have enjoyed great power and autonomy. They have cooperated to construct and preserve towering structures of debt, reshaping relations of power and ownership around the world. In Central Banks and Gold, Simon James Bytheway and Mark Metzler explore how this financialized form of globalism first took shape a century...



Redemption and Revolution
American and Chinese New Women in the Early Twentieth Century
Motoe Sasaki
In the early twentieth century, a good number of college-educated Protestant American women went abroad by taking up missionary careers in teaching, nursing, and medicine. Motoe Sasaki's transnational history of these New Women explores the intersections of gender, modernity, and national identity within the politics of world...



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...



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