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Technical Knowledge in Early Modern Japan

Technical Knowledge in Early Modern Japan

Erich Pauer & Ruselle Meade

ISBN: 978-1-912961-00-9


Forthcoming - May 2020

Drawing on the papers presented at CEEJA’s* first international conference addressing the long-neglected field relating to the generation, dissemination and application of technical knowledge in Japan from the Edo to the Meiji periods, this volume provides a valuable selection of new research on the subject, from Hashimoto Takehiko’s detailed examination of Tanaka Hisashige’s ‘Myriad Year Clock’, Regine Mathias’s paper on mining and smelting, and Erich Pauer’s overview of Japanese technical books in the pre-modern era, to Suzuki Jun’s detailed account of boiler-making in late nineteenth-century Japan.


Mediating Empire: An English Family in China 1817–1927

Mediating Empire An English Family in China 18171927

Andrew Hillier

ISBN: 978-1-912961-02-3


Announcing Renaissance Books’ new series on Imperialism in East Asia. ISSN 2633-3007 Volume 1

Forthcoming - April 2020

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.


Early Photography in Vietnam

Early Photography in Vietnam

Terry Bennett

ISBN: 978-1-912961-04-7


Forthcoming - January 2020

Early Photography in Vietnam is a fascinating and outstanding pictorial record of photography in Vietnam during the century of French rule. In more than 500 photographs, many published here for the first time, the volume records Vietnam’s capture and occupation by the French, the wide-ranging ethnicities and cultures of Vietnam, the country’s fierce resistance to foreign rule, leading to the reassertion of its own identity and subsequent independence.


Early Japanese Trade, Administration and Interactions with the West

Early Japanese Trade  Administration and  Interactions with the West

Louis Cullen

ISBN: 978-1-912961-06-1


Forthcoming - April 2020

Throughout his academic career Louis Cullen’s main research interest has been foreign trade - originally that of England, Ireland and France, but from the mid-1990s, his focus turned to Japanese history resulting in his critically acclaimed A history of Japan 1582–1941: Internal and External Worlds.


Richard Sorge, the GRU and the Pacific War

John W. M. Chapman

ISBN: 978-1-912961-09-2


Forthcoming - May 2020

Sorge’s activities between 1930 and 1942 have tended to be lauded as those of a superlative human intelligence operator and the Soviet Union’s GRU (Soviet military intelligence unit) as the optimum of spy-masters. Although it was unusual for a great deal of inside knowledge to be obtained from the Japanese side, most attention has always been paid on the German side to the roles played by representatives of the German Army in Japan.


Towards Japan, A Personal Journey

Towards Japan A Personal Journey

Arthur Stockwin

ISBN: 978-1-912961-10-8


Forthcoming - April 2020

Distinguished author and former Professor of Modern Japanese Studies at Oxford, Arthur Stockwin here explores his personal journey from being the son of medical/dental parents in Birmingham, England, to becoming a specialist in the politics and modern history of Japan, while at the same time reflecting on his considerable personal experiences of Japan and assessing its current and possible future condition.


US-Japan Human Rights Diplomacy Post 1945: Trafficking, Debates, Documents and Outcomes

US-Japan Human Rights Diplomacy Post 1945 Trafficking Debates Documents  and Outcomes

Roger Buckley

ISBN: 978-1-912961-12-2


Forthcoming - April 2020

This is a pioneering study of a worsening human rights issue, supported by documentary evidence (Part I) with Part II providing an extensive collection of primary sources, including international covenants, US Trafficking In Persons and Congressional reports, and Japanese government papers.


A Life of Sir Harry Parkes: British Minister to Japan, China and Korea, 1865–1885

Robert Morton

ISBN: 978-1-912961-16-0


Forthcoming - June 2020

Harry Parkes was at the heart of Britain’s relations with the Far East from the start of his working life at fourteen, to his death at fifty-seven. Orphaned at the age of five, he went to China on his own as a child and worked his way to the top. God-fearing and fearless, he believed his mission was to bring trade and ‘civilisation’ to East Asia. 


The History of the Fujiwara House An Introduction to and Translation of the Tōshi Kaden

Mikaël Bauer

ISBN: 978-1-912961-18-4


Forthcoming - March 2020

With the addition of a contextualized introduction, here is the first annotated translation of the eighth- century clan history Tōshi Kaden or the History of the Fujiwara House. Hitherto, scholars have focused on the more famous eighth-century imperial histories Nihon Shoki and Kojiki, but other sources such as the History of the Fujiwara House provide a narrative that complements or deviates from the official histories. 


The Call of Japan: A Continuing Story – 1950 to the Present Day

The Call of Japan A Continuing Story  1950 to the Present Day

Hans Brinckmann

ISBN: 978-1-912961-14-6


Forthcoming - May 2020

Part personal memoir, part professional flashback, part socio-cultural commentary, The Call of Japan chronicles the author’s experiences during his 40 years of living in Japan, from 1950 to 1974 as a ‘reluctant banker’, and from 2003 to the present as a writer. The Call of Japan comments extensively on the country’s economic, political and cultural realities during the crucial early years of post-war reconstruction as well as during more recent times.


Unbeaten Tracks in Japan: Revisiting Isabella Bird

Unbeaten Tracks in Japan Revisiting Isabella Bird

Kiyonori Kanasaka

ISBN: 978-1-898823-79-7


Forthcoming - March 2020

Isabella Bird’s best-selling book on Japan is republished here, but with a difference: for the first time, it is now fully annotated with supporting commentaries, providing the twenty-first century reader with an enhanced informed view of the new ‘modern Japan’ as Bird experienced it in 1878.


Kyoto’s Renaissance: Ancient Capital for Modern Japan

Kyotos Renaissance Ancient Capital for Modern Japan

John Breen, Maruyama Hiroshi, Takagi Hiroshi (eds)

ISBN: 978-1-898823-92-6


Forthcoming - March 2020

Draws on archive of material, a first in English to take an in-depth look at Kyoto’s modern transformation – its reinvention after ‘collapse’ (Meiji Restoration) and relocation of the imperial court to Tokyo. Includes: introduction, chapters on notable historical elements that sustain Kyoto as a quintessentially modern ‘ancient capital’ today.