• Jonathan Gil Harris
    New Delhi: C. Aleph Book Company, 2015
    ISBN: 9789382277637

    India has attracted immigrants from all corners of the globe for thousands of years, making it a truly multicultural state. Under Mughal rule, immigrants – known as firangi – traveled to India for many reasons: to escape poverty and religious persecution, or as slaves, traders or adventurers. There was no singular “immigrant experience,” as each immigrant assimilated into Indian culture in a unique way. Jonathan Gill Harris, who migrated to India and serves as dean of academic affairs and professor of English at Ashoka University, tells the...

  • Eric Tagliacozzo, Helen F. Siu, and Peter C. Perdue, Editors
    Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2015
    ISBN: 978-0-674-96694-9

    The three-volume set aims to survey the historical, spatial and human dimensions of Asia’s many connections. The editors move beyond the conventions of modern national boundaries and undertake an interdisciplinary study that focuses on the constant movements and interactions underway in Asia over the centuries. In this brief excerpt, Victor Lieberman, a professor of Asian and Comparative History at the University of Michigan, analyzes the revival of four imperial regimes in Russia, Burma, Japan and North India after a long period of ...

  • Andrew Small
    London: C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 2015

    China and Pakistan have close ties as neighbors, so much so that “Pakistan is a central part of China’s transition from a regional power to a global one,” explains Andrew Small, a fellow with the German Marshall Fund’s Asia Program, in the introduction to The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics. “The country lies at the heart of Beijing’s plans for a network of ports, pipelines, roads and railways…. Its coastline is becoming a crucial staging post for China’s take-off as a naval power….” Yet Pakistan is also a source of Islamic...

  • Dilip Hiro
    London and New York: Nation Books, 2015

    The antagonism between India and Pakistan, the world’s second and sixth most populous countries, permeates every regional and international governing body. Historian and journalist Dilip Hiro analyzes the roots of the bitter divide in The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan. Those in and out of power repeatedly used the religious conflict to gain influence before and after the partitioning of British India into independent Pakistan and India in August 1947. In this excerpt Hiro explores a brief period...

  • Dilip Hiro
    New York and London: The New Press, 2015
    ISBN: 1620971305

    Indians who embrace globalization, whether in business or politics, find great success. Author and journalist Dilip Hiro describes the “profound transformation” for the country’s 1.25 billion people over the past two decades in his most recent book The Age of Aspiration: Power, Wealth, and Conflict in Globalizing India. Focus on education increased literacy, economic growth, rising living standards and technological prowess. Hiro relies on personal narratives to portray a country of stark inequality, gap between rural communities and the...

  • Philippe Legrain
    CB Books, London, 2014

    Uncertainty paralyzes an economy. When politicians argue endlessly about budgets and the high costs of social benefits, families stop spending. Over the course of decades, as evidence mounts on climate change and governments struggle to develop regulations, corporations lack goals for future innovation.  Society lumbers on in unsustainable ways.  “Sometimes economies need to adjust in conditions of radical uncertainty,” argues Philippe Legrain, former independent economic adviser to the president of the European Commission, in his book...

  • Stephen Roach
    Yale University Press, 2014
    ISBN: 0300187173

    Analysts have long warned that the US-Chinese relationship is imbalanced – with the US borrowing heavily for wasteful consumption and China saving and investing more in manufacturing and infrastructure and less in consumption. Spurring China to act are the global economic recession, triggered by a US housing bubble and debt crisis; ongoing uncertainty about US willingness to control spending and make timely debt payments; and US propensity to blame others for its own mismanagement . China has begun taking steps to rebalance and end the...

  • Amitav Acharya
    Polity, Cambridge UK, 2014
    ISBN: 0745672485

    The United States remains a major force in world affairs, but can no longer call the shots on shaping world order. Emerging powers, regional forces, multinational corporations and others have their own ideas for a world order, explains Amitav Acharya in “The End of American World Order.” In this excerpt, Acharya explains why hegemonic regionalism or collective security arrangements like NATO are resisted by the developing world. He describes three broad styles of how emerging powers engage with neighbors and suggests that “one of the key...

  • Orville Schell and John Delury
    Random House, 2013
    ISBN: 978-0-679-64347-0

    Contentment and stability go hand in hand. The Chinese people will sacrifice much if their leaders ensure steady jobs, security, and growing potential for prosperity and national respect. Despite great progress in recent years, the Chinese – and and their leaders – are lacking in self-confidence, suggests Orville Schell and John Delury in their book Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century. Economic and social crises can instigate or block individual and collective achievements.This excerpt details the longtime quest...

  • David Shambaugh
    Oxford University Press, 2013
    ISBN: 0199860149

    China is a fast-rising power, but there are many forms that global influence can take, ranging from hard forms that focus on international security to soft forms that emphasize amenable trade, culture, education, innovation and more. With the world’s largest population and strong economic growth, the country is formidable. In modernizing, China has pursued power in its many dimensions, yet except for a few areas still absorbs more influence than releasing it, and hence the subtitle for David Shambaugh’s book to be published in February 2013...