China and the Great War: China’s Pursuit of a New National Identity and Internationalization

China and the Great War: China’s Pursuit of a New National Identity and InternationalizationChina and the Great War: China's Pursuit of a New National Identity and Internationalization by Guoqi Xu
ISBN: 052128323X
Published by Cambridge University Press on September 22nd 2011
Genres: Asia, China
Pages: 342

Len's Summary: A neglected topic; billed as the first full-length study of China's involvement in the conflict.

Turbulence in the Pacific: Japanese-U.S. Relations During World War I

Turbulence in the Pacific: Japanese-U.S. Relations During World War ITurbulence in the Pacific: Japanese-U.S. Relations During World War I by Noriko Kawamura
ISBN: 9780275968533
Published by Greenwood Publishing Group on January 1st 2000
Genres: History, Asia, General, Japan, Military, World War I, United States, 20th Century
Pages: 173

Len's Summary: The author is Assistant Professor of History at Washington State University; she was educated both in Japan and the US. An active and troubled period in bilateral relations marked by American efforts to maintain an “open door” in China in the face of persistent Japanese expansionism. See Camaraderie for a full review. Things went downhill from here. . .

The Netherlands Indies and the Great War, 1914-1918

The Netherlands Indies and the Great War, 1914-1918The Netherlands Indies and the Great War, 1914-1918 by Kees van Dijk
ISBN: 9067183083
Published by Kitlv Press on March 2008
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Asia, Southeast Asia

Len's Summary: By 1917, the Dutch East Indies was facing a radical nationalist movement, as well as economic an pinch caused by loss of exports, wartime trade restrictions, the war at sea and shortages of shipping. // How severe trade restrictions imposed by the British impacted colonial economy and society, threatening Dutch rule in the Indies. See also Hubert van Tuyll The Netherlands and World War I (Brill, 2001) for a broader diplomatic and political-economic study of armed Netherlands neutrality.

Istanbul Under Allied Occupation, 1918-1923

Istanbul Under Allied Occupation, 1918-1923Istanbul Under Allied Occupation, 1918-1923 by Nur Bilge Criss
ISBN: 9789004112599
Published by Brill Academic Publishers on January 1st 1999
Genres: History, Middle East, General, Architecture, Interior Design, Asia
Pages: 178

Len's Summary: Another account of post-war Turkey under Allied occupation as progressive Turks seek to prevent their country’s dismemberment.

Armenian Golgotha

Armenian GolgothaArmenian Golgotha by Grigoris Balakian, Peter Balakian
ISBN: 1400096774
Published by Vintage Books on March 9th 2010
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Historical, Personal Memoirs, History, Asia, General, Middle East
Pages: 576

Len's Summary: The memoirs of an Armenian Apostolic priest and intellectual who disguised himself as a railway worker and escaped the WWI Armenian bloodbath. The translator is the author of The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and the American Response (Harper Collins, 2004). One of a spate of books being published as the 100 anniversary of the Ottoman massacres of Armenians nears.

Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town

Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish TownRebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town by Christopher de Bellaigue
ISBN: 9780143118848
Published by Penguin Books on March 29th 2011
Genres: History, Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Turkey & Ottoman Empire, Social Science, Ethnic Studies, General, Travel, Turkey
Pages: 288

Len's Summary: A look at the Armenian massacres of 1915 and the ongoing conflict among Turks, Kurds and Armenians through the history of a single town, Varta, near Erzurum in eastern Anatolia some 700 miles from Constantinople.

Strangers on the Western Front: Chinese Workers in the Great War

Strangers on the Western Front: Chinese Workers in the Great WarStrangers on the Western Front: Chinese Workers in the Great War by Guoqi Xu
ISBN: 9780674049994
Published by Harvard University Press on March 20th 2011
Genres: History, Asia, General, Military, World War I, World, Modern, 20th Century, Social Science, Minority Studies, Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies
Pages: 336

Len's Summary: The story of 140 thousand illiterate Chinese contract coolie laborers contracted by the British and French for service behind the lines in France and Flanders; revolutionary China’s major contribution to WWI made in an effort to stave off powerful external threats from Japan and other powers.

The Great Game, 1857-1907: Russo-British Relations in Central and East Asia

The Great Game, 1857-1907: Russo-British Relations in Central and East AsiaThe Great Game, 1857-1907: Russo-British Relations in Central and East Asia by Evgeny Sergeev
ISBN: 1421415577
Published by Woodrow Wilson Center Press on August 25th 2014
Genres: Asia, Great Britain, Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Pages: 552

Len's Summary: The Russo-British competition for dominance in Asia drawing on the archives of regional actors, as well as those in Moscow and London. This cold war-like confrontation was muted for a time by the 1907 Entente which led to a WWI alliance between the two powers and France, the Triple Entente. The author is a Russian academic who has also written on the Russo-Japanese War.