2017: The Discovery of Asia


My goal for 2017 is to read at least two books per month on Indian or Chinese history, society, and culture.  My aim is twofold: first, to learn more about the history of these two civilizations prior to the late 19th century, and second, to better appreciate their larger role on the global stage as the 21st century progresses.  I will keep a track of my reading here to allow me to see areas that I'm ignoring.

Geography
Land of the Tiger: A Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent,  Valmik Thapar


General History
India in the Global Community, P. Paramundi Karan
The Silk Road: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia, Frances Wood
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford
Japan: A Cultural History, Henri Stierlin
India: A New History, StanleyWolbert
Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition,  Nisid Hajari

India and China in the age of Globalism
This Brave New World:  India, China, and the United States, Anja Manuel (Review Pending)
In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of India, Edward Luce
China Road, Rob Gifford
China: An Introduction, Lucien Pye
The Elephant and the Dragon: What India and China's Rise Means, Robyn Meredith


In Progress/Next Up:


After getting a good historical handle, I will attempt surveys on philosophy, religion, and perhaps even literature.

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