Die besten 21 Bücher zu Asian History

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Asian History Bücher: Behind the Beautiful Forevers von Katherine Boo

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo
Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum
4.2 (22 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Behind the Beautiful Forevers?

Behind the Beautiful Forevers describes life in the Annawadi slum in India, close to Mumbai’s international airport. These blinks tell the story of families who live in squalid conditions but still dream of a better life, even though the odds are overwhelmingly against them.

Wer Behind the Beautiful Forevers lesen sollte

  • Anyone who wants to know about life in the slums of Mumbai
  • Anyone who liked the movie Slumdog Millionaire
  • Anyone who wants to understand the damage caused by corruption

Asian History Bücher: Fukushima von David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan and the Union of Concerned Scientists


David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan and the Union of Concerned Scientists
The Story of a Nuclear Disaster
3.9 (64 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Fukushima?

Fukushima (2014) tells the story of how one of the biggest tsunamis in Japan’s history combined with government neglect, corporate interest and propaganda to create the most serious nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The book was written by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit that brings together science and political advocacy.

Wer Fukushima lesen sollte

  • Anyone who believes nuclear energy is “safe”
  • People who want to know more about the Fukushima disaster

Asian History Bücher: Nothing to Envy von Barbara Demick

Nothing to Envy

Barbara Demick
Real Lives in North Korea
4.3 (39 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Nothing to Envy?

Nothing to Envy (2010) presents fascinating first-hand anecdotes from North Korean defectors, giving intimate insights into the lives of North Koreans under the rule of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un. The thousands of refugees who arrive in South Korea each year bring with them stories of famine, repression and an isolated nation that has fallen out of touch with the developed world.

Wer Nothing to Envy lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in North Korea
  • Anyone who wants to know what it’s like to live under a communist dictatorship
  • Those curious about the lives of defectors and refugees

Asian History Bücher: How Asia Works von Joe Studwell

How Asia Works

Joe Studwell
Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region
4.1 (53 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in How Asia Works?

How Asia Works examines the economic development of nine Asian countries and, in the process, sketches a blueprint for other developing nations seeking to achieve sustainable economic growth. Joe Studwell explains why some Asian economies have boomed while others have fallen behind, revealing what history has proved works – and what doesn’t.

Wer How Asia Works lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in developing economies and international economics
  • Asian history enthusiasts

Asian History Bücher: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World von Jack Weatherford

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Jack Weatherford
4.3 (273 Rezensionen)

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These blinks will make you re-examine what you thought you knew about the Mongols of the twelfth century. They’ll show you why it’s unfair to imagine them as uncivilized barbarians. Indeed, the Mongol army under Genghis Khan and his descendants brought trade, civilization and order – the Mongol Empire contributed to the making of the modern world.

Wer Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World lesen sollte

  • Historians interested in the construction of historical narratives
  • Global citizens interested in the roots of the modern world
  • Students of political science

Asian History Bücher: Killing the Rising Sun von Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing the Rising Sun

Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
How America Vanquished World War II Japan
4.3 (75 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Killing the Rising Sun?

Killing the Rising Sun (2016) tells the story of the Pacific War, which took place between 1941 and 1945, and its main belligerents, the United States and Japan. From the attack on Pearl Harbor to bloody invasions of Japan to the development of the world’s first atomic bomb, the book portrays the brutality of World War II from a US perspective, and describes how the war was eventually won.

Wer Killing the Rising Sun lesen sollte

  • Fans of world history and politics
  • Military enthusiasts
  • Anyone obsessed with or fascinated by the story of World War II

Asian History Bücher: Hue 1968 von Mark Bowden

Hue 1968

Mark Bowden
A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
4.4 (52 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Hue 1968?

The Vietnam War is remembered as one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts of the twentieth century. At the end of 1967, the US government was assuring the public the war was almost won; by February 1968, that was no longer the case. In Hue 1968 (2017) Mark Bowden examines the battle in the city of Hue which changed the way the American public viewed the war.

Wer Hue 1968 lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in modern American history
  • Students of politics or international relations
  • Soldiers and veterans

Asian History Bücher: A River in Darkness von Masaji Ishikawa

A River in Darkness

Masaji Ishikawa
One Man’s Escape from North Korea
4.5 (47 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A River in Darkness?

A River in Darkness (2000) is the harrowing true story of one man’s life in and eventual escape from the brutal dictatorship of North Korea. Born in Japan, Masaji Ishikawa was one of hundreds of thousands of Koreans who moved to the country between the 1950s and 1980s. His memoir chronicles the life of drudgery, terror and endless hardship that awaited them.

Wer A River in Darkness lesen sollte

  • Human rights advocates
  • History buffs fascinated by the Cold War
  • Anyone who loves true life stories

Asian History Bücher: The Silk Roads von Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads

Peter Frankopan
A New History of the World
4.6 (195 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Silk Roads?

The Silk Roads (2015) is a comprehensive history of the world, written with an eye to the networks of trade that shaped it. The networks of trade first established in ancient Persia and later linked with Chinese trade routes created a great network between the East and the West. But these Silk Roads are not relics of the past. They have morphed and changed, and their impact can be felt today, right down to America’s fateful engagement in the region where it all began.

Wer The Silk Roads lesen sollte

  • Economists looking for historical parallels
  • Intrigued followers of world events who want to learn about trade
  • Historians of all stripes

Asian History Bücher: Billion Dollar Whale von Tom Wright and Bradley Hope

Billion Dollar Whale

Tom Wright and Bradley Hope
The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World
4.5 (160 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Billion Dollar Whale?

Billion Dollar Whale (2018) is the definitive account of how a quick-witted and calculating Malaysian social climber called Jho Low defrauded a national investment fund and pulled off one of the twenty-first century’s most audacious heists. The fruit of years of painstaking research by two of America’s top investigative journalists, it sheds light on the shadowy workings of a globe-spanning network of swindlers, crooks and hustlers.

Wer Billion Dollar Whale lesen sollte

  • True-life story fanatics who love a rip-roaring yarn
  • Would-be detectives with a feel for finance 
  • Number-crunchers, bankers and accountants 

Asian History Bücher: China In Ten Words von Yu Hua

China In Ten Words

Yu Hua
4.0 (97 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in China In Ten Words?

China in Ten Words (2012) explores the way modern China talks about itself and probes what that tells us about its past, present and likely future. Honing in on ten common concepts, author Yu Huan tells the story of a nation that has seemingly changed beyond recognition, yet in many ways remains closer to its revolutionary origins than one might believe.

Wer China In Ten Words lesen sollte

  • Students of the history of Communist China
  • Linguists curious about how language shapes cultural concepts
  • Those who are fascinated by the modern “Chinese Miracle”

Asian History Bücher: India After Gandhi von Ramachandra Guha

India After Gandhi

Ramachandra Guha
The History of the World’s Largest Democracy
4.5 (130 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in India After Gandhi?

India after Gandhi (2007) chronicles the story of post-independence India. For centuries, the country was ruled by colonial overlords, but that changed in 1947. After a long struggle for independence, Indians gained self-rule. Since then, the journey hasn’t been easy, but India remains a persevering and determined democracy – and the largest the world has ever seen.

Wer India After Gandhi lesen sollte

  • Students of history interested in the region of south Asia
  • Indians looking to learn more about their contemporary history
  • Political junkies looking to clue into a new region

Asian History Bücher: Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers von Yan Xuetong

Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers

Yan Xuetong
3.8 (60 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers?

Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers (2019) considers the way that leadership determines the fate of nations. Yan Xuetong reflects on the rise of China and the USA’s diminishing stature while speculating on how the international order might look like in a few decades.

Wer Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in Sino-American relations
  • Geopolitics buffs
  • Those working in international relations

Asian History Bücher: The Anarchy von William Dalrymple

The Anarchy

William Dalrymple
The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire
4.5 (132 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Anarchy?

The Anarchy (2019) details how the East India Company, an English joint-stock corporation, came to rule the British economy – and the fates of 200 million South Asians. From its founding in 1599 by privateers and pirates to its time as master of the largest standing army in South Asia, the Company fanned the flames of anarchy, then used the resulting chaos as an opportunity to loot an empire.  

Wer The Anarchy lesen sollte

  • History hounds so appalled by colonialism that they can’t look away
  • Those interested in how corporations came to rule our lives
  • Travel junkies looking to contextualize their time in India

Asian History Bücher: Myanmar's Enemy Within von Francis Wade

Myanmar's Enemy Within

Francis Wade
Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim “Other”
4.4 (74 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Myanmar's Enemy Within?

Myanmar’s Enemy Within (2017) examines a shocking outburst of violence against an ethnic minority – the Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar. Beginning with an account of the events of 2012 and 2013, these blinks work their way back to explain the historical context of anti-Muslim resentment in the country. Along the way, they explore the legacies of British colonialism, the rise of nationalism, and the country’s troubled transition to democracy.

Wer Myanmar's Enemy Within lesen sollte

  • History buffs 
  • News addicts who want to dig deeper 
  • Anyone interested in contemporary Asian politics

Asian History Bücher: Nine Lives von William Dalrymple

Nine Lives

William Dalrymple
In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
4.1 (78 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Nine Lives?

Nine Lives (2009) is a study of spirituality and religion in contemporary India. Drawing on William Dalrymple’s in-depth interviews with religious practitioners, these blinks will whisk us from Tibet to Karnataka to Kerala and West Bengal as we explore four remarkable – and remarkably pious – lives. Along the way, we’ll unpack the social and historical context in which these believers’ faiths emerged and continue to be practiced.

Wer Nine Lives lesen sollte

  • Globetrotters fascinated by the world’s diversity 
  • Atheists interested in what motivates the faithful
  • History buffs

Asian History Bücher: Minor Feelings von Cathy Park Hong

Minor Feelings

Cathy Park Hong
A Reckoning on Race and the Asian Condition
3.8 (51 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Minor Feelings?

Minor Feelings (2020) is poet Cathy Park Hong’s searing account of life as an Asian American. Drawing on her own experiences alongside penetrating insights, it paints a picture of the purgatorial status that Asian Americans still face.

Wer Minor Feelings lesen sollte

  • Those looking to explore what it means to be Asian in the United States today
  • Memoir lovers
  • People who want to expand their understanding of racial issues

Asian History Bücher: Maoism von Julia Lovell


Julia Lovell
A Global History
4.3 (84 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Maoism?

Maoism (2019) is a deep dive into Maoist ideology, tracing the origins of the movement in the caves of northwest China to the jungles of India, the high Andean sierra, and the California city parks where The Black Panthers did their military drills. Maoism is a movement that’s hardly limited to China or even Asia.

Wer Maoism lesen sollte

  • Anyone looking to bone up on Chinese history
  • Followers of leftist politics
  • Those interested in transnational historical arcs

Asian History Bücher: Becoming Kim Jong Un von Jung H. Pak

Becoming Kim Jong Un

Jung H. Pak
A Former CIA Officer's Insights into North Korea's Enigmatic Young Dictator
4.2 (61 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Becoming Kim Jong Un?

Becoming Kim Jong Un (2020) tells the story of the North Korean dictator from his childhood as the son and grandson of two infamous Korean leaders through to his momentous summit with American president Donald Trump. Setting aside the insults and jokes about Kim that the media and internet often perpetuate, it takes a serious look at Kim’s enigmatic persona and behavior and diagnoses the grave threat that he and his nation⁠ pose to the world.

Wer Becoming Kim Jong Un lesen sollte

  • People fascinated by international politics and global issues
  • History lovers
  • Anyone with an interest in modern Asia

Asian History Bücher: Bedtime Biography: An Autobiography von M.K. Gandhi

Bedtime Biography: An Autobiography

M.K. Gandhi
The Story of My Experiments With Truth
4.4 (238 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Bedtime Biography: An Autobiography?

Narrated by Marston York

An Autobiography (First published in two volumes; Volume 1, 1927, and Volume 2, 1929) is the autobiography of one of the world’s most famous political icons – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The book traverses his rebellious childhood, his early activism in South Africa and his work for the Indian Independence Movement up until 1920, and gives insight into Gandhi’s personal philosophy and his lifelong quest for Truth.

Wer Bedtime Biography: An Autobiography lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in Gandhi’s life and personal philosophy
  • Students of history and political science
  • People cultivating leadership skills

Asian History Bücher: Hiroshima von John Hersey


John Hersey
4.6 (209 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Hiroshima?

Hiroshima (1946 and 1985) is journalist John Hersey’s classic account of six survivors of the 1945 atom bomb attack on Japan. Amid the wreckage, these six lived to offer their accounts of the devastating experience.

Wer Hiroshima lesen sollte

  • History devotees
  • Character-driven non-fiction (or fiction) enthusiasts
  • Budding journalists

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