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Renaissance Books are academic publishers offering a new, robust and independent platform for peer-reviewed scholarship on Asia Pacific, in particular East Asian Studies – principally in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We have a strong presence in the United States through our distribution partnership with ISD (Ian Stevens Distribution), our books are published to the highest standards of production and design, and we count amongst our published authors some of the leading names in their fields.


Wars and Rumours of War, 1918-1945

Japan, the West and Asia Pacific:

Selected Contemporary Readings on Crises and Conflict

Series 2: 1937-1945. From Manchuria to Tokyo Bay

6-volume set (Co-published with Eureka Press, Japan)

Roger Buckley (ed.)

(Academic Visitor, St Antony's College, Oxford and former Professor of International History, International Christian University, Tokyo)

Foreword by Akira Iriye

(Charles Warren Professor of American History, Emeritus, Harvard University)

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Sir Hugh Cortazzi 1924-2018

Sir Hugh Cortazzi (1924-2018)

16 Aug 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death (14 August 2018) of Sir Hugh Cortazzi, former British Ambassador to Japan (1980-1984), Chairman of the Japan Society (1985-1995) and author/editor of a considerable number of scholarly works of reference, many published in recent years by Renaissance Books, and almost all in association with the Japan Society.