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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]



Publication of Early Photography in Vietnam

Publication of Early Photography in Vietnam

01 May 2020

We are delighted to announce publication of Early Photography in Vietnam – a ground-breaking photographic archive, focused on the century of French rule, by the distinguished archivist, researcher and author Terry Bennett, well known for his photographic histories of China, Japan and Korea. [For full details, see Recently Released; for orders see Distribution]

‘A new publication continues Terry Bennett’s fascination with East Asian Photography…which offers a remarkable pictorial record of photography in Vietnam during the century of French rule…’

The Classic – April 2020