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Recent Posts

Book launch for 'Colonial Terror: Torture and State Violence in Colonial India', by Deana Heath, May 26th, 6:00 p.m. CET

Focusing on India between the early nineteenth century and the First World War, Colonial Terror examines the ways in which extraordinary violence was embedded in the ordinary operation of colonial states. Heath explores the centrality of the torture of Indian bodies to the law-preserving violence of colonial rule.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Archaeology, Antiquity, and the Making of the Modern Middle East: Global Histories 1800–1939, 25–26 May, 2023, University of Warwick, Global History and Culture Centre

This CFP might be of interest to some members of the network working on British involvement in West Asia and British India's interests in the region which became called the Middle East in the early twentieth century.


Project Macau History (PMH) May blog post

A new blog article has been added to Project Macau History (PMH), an online platform for the study and discussion of Macau history. This month, we were delighted to receive a contribution from Dr. Helena F.S. Lopes, who is currently Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Department of History, University of Bristol. Her essay focuses on the Portuguese Red Cross Society and the regional and global connections in wartime Macau.

Please find the essay here:

Enabling connections in a time of disruption: The Red Cross in Macau during the Second World War

Member Book, Kim, Cine-Mobility: Twentieth-Century Transformations in Korea’s Film and Transportation

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that my book, Cine-Mobility: Twentieth-Century Transformations in Korea’s Film and Transportation (Harvard University Asia Center, 280 pages, ISBN 9780674267978), has just been published. 



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Recent Reviews

Geoffrey C. Gunn
Sophie Quinn-Judge

Quinn-Judge on Gunn, 'Ho Chi Minh in Hong Kong'

Geoffrey C. Gunn. Ho Chi Minh in Hong Kong. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. 300 pp. $99.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-108-83325-7.

Reviewed by Sophie Quinn-Judge (Temple University) Published on H-Asia (May, 2022) Commissioned by Bradley C. Davis (Eastern Connecticut State University)

Printable Version: https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=57486

Scott C. Levi
Christopher Atwood

Atwood on Levi, 'The Bukharan Crisis: A Connected History of 18th-Century Central Asia'

Scott C. Levi. The Bukharan Crisis: A Connected History of 18th-Century Central Asia. Central Eurasia in Context Series. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020. Illustrations, maps. xiv + 208 pp. $30.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8229-4597-0.

Reviewed by Christopher Atwood (University of Pennsylvania) Published on H-Asia (April, 2022) Commissioned by Bradley C. Davis (Eastern Connecticut State University)

Ian Matthew Miller
Kathlene Baldanza

Baldanza on Miller, 'Fir and Empire: The Transformation of Forests in Early Modern China'

Ian Matthew Miller. Fir and Empire: The Transformation of Forests in Early Modern China. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020. 296 pp. $40.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-295-74734-7.

Reviewed by Kathlene Baldanza (Pennsylvania State University) Published on H-Asia (April, 2022) Commissioned by Bradley C. Davis (Eastern Connecticut State University)

Recent Threads


A new open access special issue on plastics in Asia has been published in The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies. In this special issue, the authors look at four ethnographically rich cases of plastics as they are incorporated into Asian societies. The areas they cover are geographically diverse. Some are rural, such as the northern herding communities in Mongolia and the Cham dancers of Sikkim. Others are in small urban areas, such as the Himalayan circumambulatory routes, or larger cities, such as Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar or the megacities of Chengdu and Mumbai.

Member Book, Jason Protass, "The Poetry Demon: Song-Dynasty Monks on Verse and the Way"

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to share that my book, The Poetry Demon: Song Dynasty Monks on Verse and the Way (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2021), is now available in an affordable paperback edition from the UHP website: