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THE FIFTY THREE STATIONS OF THE TOKAIDO

THE FIFTY THREE STATIONS OF THE TOKAIDO

Utagawa Hiroshige

Tokaido

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SCHIFF’S SHANGHAI

SCHIFF’S SHANGHAI

Friedrich Schiff...

Friedrich Schiff...

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THE SIXTY NINE STATIONS OF THE NAKASENDO

THE SIXTY NINE STATIONS OF THE NAKASENDO

Utagawa Hiroshige and Keisai Eisen

Nakasendo

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OUTRAGE: BURMA’S STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY

OUTRAGE: BURMA’S STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY

An informed, first-hand study of the brutal events surrounding the savage military suppression of democratic protests in Burma / Myanmar during 1988

In 1988 Burma (now Myanmar) exploded. People rose up against their government in a massive and nationwide expression of outrage at the regime’s ruinous economic policies and repressive politics. The protests were suppressed by violence on a scale even more brutal than the Chinese suppression of the demonstrations in and around Tiananmen Square the following year.

Outrage is the result of many visits to Burma and its border areas, interviews with eyewitnesses and survivors of the massacres that took place in Rangoon and elsewhere in 1988. Even now, several decades later, it remains the fullest published account of these terrible events.

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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF BURMA

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF BURMA

The story of the rise and fall of one of Asia’s longest-lasting and most powerful communist insurgencies, including unique photographs, maps and organization charts

One of Asia’s longest running communist insurrections ended on the night of April 16, 1989. Its cessation was not the outcome of a successful government offensive or of a generous amnesty policy, but of an all-out mutiny within the rank-and-file of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB).

That night, thousands of mutineers stormed the CPB’s headquarters at Panghsang, a small town near the Chinese frontier in the Wa Hills of Burma’s northeastern Shan State. The rebellious troops seized the well-stocked armoury and other buildings, while the CPB’s aging, staunchly Maoist leadership fled headlong across the Nam Hka River into China.

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THE KACHIN: LORDS OF BURMA’S NORTHERN FRONTIER

THE KACHIN: LORDS OF BURMA’S NORTHERN FRONTIER

An account of the culture, history and politics of Burma’s Kachin people, complete with maps and colour illustrations

Remarkable for their military prowess, their receptivity to Christianity, and their intricate all-embracing kinship network, the Kachins are a hardy mountain people living in the remote hills of northern Burma (Myanmar), and on the peripheries of China and India.

During the Second World War they strongly sided with the Allies in defending Burma against the imperialist designs of the Japanese military, earning themselves sobriquets such as “amiable assassins” and “Gurkhas of Southeast Asia”.

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36 VIEWS OF MOUNT FUJI

36 VIEWS OF MOUNT FUJI

Utagawa Hiroshige’s thirty-six views of Mount Fuji presented in the original, 1858 portrait (vertical) edition of the series

‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji’ - in Japanese Fuji Sanjū-Rokkei - is a beautiful series of woodblock prints by the celebrated Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige, also often known as Andō Hiroshige, depicting Mount Fuji in differing seasons and times from a variety of different places and perspectives more than 150 years ago. 43 historical images

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THE ILLUSTRATED ART OF WAR: SUN TZU

THE ILLUSTRATED ART OF WAR: SUN TZU

An illustrated version of the classic Chinese Study. 12,000 words, 104 historical images

Sun Tzu’s Art of War has been read and appreciated by a host of military men and philosophers down through the ages. More recently, it has become popular as a manual for business success and guide to boardroom battles, seen by many as a lodestar in achieving success in the ruthless world of competitive capitalism – a text so currently fashionable that even Paris Hilton has been photographed reading it.

Yet what makes the present study so valuable is not just the text, but the genuinely unique collection of 104 accompanying images linking China’s first unifying Emperor Qin Shi Huang with Mao Zedong, Genghis Khan with Tamerlane, Hulagu Khan with the Manchu conqueror Nurhaci – and, indeed, Sun Tzu with US General Douglas MacArthur.

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