First books in 2015


from Press News, posted 01/13/2015 - 16:37

The first two titles of 2015 have showed up at our NIAS Press office (and are out there in the wider world, hopefully coming to a bookshop or library near you). Both books coincidentally deal with important issues affecting China –territorial disputes and the environment.

This made for a perfect opportunity to charter Karolina to present the books in true NIAS Press fashion!

On the left we have Coping with Calamity: Environmental Change and Peasant Response in Central China, 1736-1949 by Jiayan Zhang, an important contribution to the field of environmental history, providing unique insights on the Jianghan Plain (Central China) and its volatile environment.

Then on the right, shining under an ornamental pragmatic dragon hanging in our office, we have Eric Hyer’s The Pragmatic Dragon: China's Grand Strategy and Boundary Settlements. This title provides a comprehensive and detailed treatment of China's various border issues and negotiations, and examines the strategic environment in which China has operated.

And there’s more. The two massive volumes on the Danish Royal Library’s Japanese and Korean collections (mentioned in October after the printer’s proofs were checked by Gerald when he passed through Singapore) should have been soon reaching our shores but for a glitch discovered in the jackets of both volumes. This morning we heard that all is now fine and the books will be on their way.

More about that later.


 

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