Book Review

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Book Review: Hun Sen’s Cambodia

In the western mind, as Sebastian Strangio so eloquently writes, Cambodia remains “nearly synonymous with the terror and mass murder that engulfed the country in the mid-1970s, when the Khmer Rouge seized power... Read More...
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Book Review: Death Fugue

One of the most defining moments in modern Chinese history is the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. The Chinese government more or less pretends that it never happened, and detains anyone inside the country who a... Read More...
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Book Review: Kingdom in Crisis

On a Sunday evening in Bangkok in September of 2010, an extraordinary event occurred during  a protest against the Thai generals who had infamously crushed a pro-democracy movement at the Ratchaprasong intersec... Read More...
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Book Review: Unknown Tale of Chinese in WWI

The role of Chinese laborers employed by Britain and France on the Western Front in the First World War has recently received belated attention. Although they faced tough times, all but about 2,000 of the 140,0... Read More...
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Book Review: Free Trade’s Ardent advocate

Sir John Bowring was a remarkable if today unremarked figure in British history, ”here the intellectual, there  the self-seeking opportunist, here the selfless radical involved in every kind of worthy cause, th... Read More...
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Book Review: The Art of Symbolic Resistance

Writing on the Uyghur people has not been lacking in recent months. An uptick of violence since 2013 in Xinjiang has seen an increase in analysis that sometimes reveals more about the author than the issue.   ... Read More...
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Indian Capitalism Under the Microscope

In a society ridden with crony capitalism and crony politics, businessmen and politicians inevitably try to stop people writing books that reveal their goings-on. But there is a limit to how much disruption the... Read More...