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Welcome to Renaissance Books


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.


Launch of new Renaissance Books series:
Imperialism in East Asia

As part of the growing scholarship on family and empire, this study examines  Britain’s presence in China through the lens of one family, arguing that, as the physical embodiment of the imperial project, it provided a social and cultural mechanism for mediating Britain’s imperial power, authority and presence, and forging connections and networks throughout the expanding British world. Drawing on public and private papers, it breaks significant new ground in its development of those themes. [For further details see Recently Published]



The Abe Experiment and The Future of Japan

The Abe Experiment and The Future of Japan: Don’t Repeat History

01 Sep 2020

At the end of August 2020 Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, suddenly announced he would shortly retire from politics for health reasons. On 15 September his successor, former cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga and one of Abe’s  closest allies, announced that the current programme for government (otherwise known as ‘Abenomics’ ) would continue as usual until the national elections due in September 2021.

This event provides a timely reminder of the relevance of Junji Banno’s and Jiro Yamaguchi’s incisive evaluation of the politics of post-war Japan, and in particular the ‘Abe era’ and the disturbing  trajectory of the Abe government contained in The Abe Experiment and the Future of Japan: Don’t Repeat History (ISBN 978-1-898823-21-6), first published in English by Renaissance Books in 2016 (translated by Oxford scholar Arthur Stockwin).