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text 2023-02-10 15:58
A-Ma Alchemy of Love | or Playing the Glass Bead Game with Pythagoras by Nataša Pantović

A-Ma Alchemy of Love


"A bridge builder between East and West, following ancient archaeological findings, she often dives into historic settings more than 2,000 years back in time.

In her novel the 52-year-old author makes a bold swerve into less-travelled territory. She chooses for her protagonists Ama, an African priestess, living in China’s Macao in the 17th century; Ruben, a Portuguese Jesuit priest; and Fr Benedict, an Orthodox Christian.

The book explores the rapidly-growing Macao, its changing sights, sounds and smells from different perspectives, from that of a bat to a goddess to a spirit. Its miracle and its enigma are within the worlds of inner alchemy of the Age of Enlightenment.”

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text 2019-07-26 04:37
Essential History VI - Eastern and Southern Asian history

Here is a list of recommended books on eastern and southern Asia. While I have read most of them, in the interests of efficiency I'll just list them without comment.


1. Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300 by Romila Thapar


2. A History of Japan (3 vols.) by George Sansom


3. Empires of Ancient Eurasia: The First Silk Roads Era, 100 BCE–250 CE by Craig Benjamin


4. The Mongols by David Morgan


5. The Mughal Empire by John Richards


6. Giving Up the Gun: Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1545-1879 by Noel Perrin


7.  The Search For Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence


8.  The Making of Modern Japan by Marius B. Jansen


9.  White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India by William Dalrymple


10. The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple


11. Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941 by David C. Evans and Mark R. Peattie


12  The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War by Jeremy A. Yellen


13.  Forgotten Armies: The Fall of British Asia, 1941-1945 by Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper


14. Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins


15. India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guh


16. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra Vogel



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review 2019-03-27 14:41
Globalization 1.0
Empires of Ancient Eurasia: The First Silk Roads Era, 100 BCE – 250 CE - Craig G. R. Benjamin
This is a relatively short book about a large span of space and time. In it, Craig Benjamin examines the emergence of trade routes between eastern Asia and the Mediterranean basin over a 350-year period. As Craig explains, the origins of this lay with the pastoral nomads of eastern and central Asia. The challenge they posed led Han China to mount a series of diplomatic missions and military expeditions westward, which established the first contacts with the communities of central Asia. As a commodity and a currency silk was a part of these efforts, contributing to the spread of this rare fabric until examples reached as far west as the Roman empire.
Once he has detailed the emergence of the trade routes, Craig shifts his focus and describes the four empires — those of the Romans, the Parthians, the Kushans, and the Han —whose presence made them possible. These chapters serve as excellent introductions to the empires for anyone unfamiliar with them, while their explanation of their roles as markets and guarantors of stability underscore well the conditions necessary for the trade to flourish. Craig then covers the development of the maritime routes, which gradually become the preferred method of shipping much of the trade, before concluding with the impact the disruption of these empire in the third century CE played in the decline of the trade routes. Taken together, it makes for an excellent summary of the first transcontinental trading routes in Eurasia, one that explains nicely the role of trade in the ancient world and provides some useful context for how global trade developed.
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url 2018-11-07 16:42
Podcast #123 is up!
Yuan Shikai: A Reappraisal - Patrick Fuliang Shan

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Patrick Fuliang Shan about his new biography of Yuan Shikai, the imperial official who became president of China before embarking on a failed bid to become emperor. Enjoy!

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review 2017-03-07 15:35
My thirty-seventh podcast is up!
Britain's Imperial Retreat from China, 1900-1931 (Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia) - Phoebe Chow

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it I interview Phoebe Chow bout her new book about the beginnings of the British withdrawal form their empire in China (which I reviewed here). Enjoy!

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