New Books Network

Charlene Makley, “The Battle for Fortune: State-led Development, Personhood, and Power among Tibetans in China” (Cornell UP, 2018)
Rebgong, in the Northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau (China’s Qinghai Province), is in the midst of a ‘Battle for Fortune.’ That is, a battle to both accumulate as much fortune, but also a battle to decide which definitions of fortune are going to dominate Tibetan society: a material fortune... Read More
Abdullah Qodiriy, “Bygone Days” (Bowker, 2019)
Mark Reese’s recent translation of Abdullah Qodiriy’s 1920s novel O’tkan Kunlar (Bygone Days) brings an exemplary piece of modern Uzbek literature to English-speaking audiences. The story, which simultaneously follows the personal story of a Muslim reformer and trader and the court struggles between the rulers of Central Asia, gives us... Read More
Marlene Laruelle, “The Nazarbayev Generation: Youth in Kazakhstan” (Lexington Books, 2019)
The Nazarbayev Generation: Youth in Kazakhstan (Lexington Books, 2019), edited by Marlene Laruelle, looks at the younger generations of Kazakhstan that have come of age during the post-Soviet presidency of Nursultan Nazarbayev. A collection of essays, the book presents new approaches for thinking about the “post-Soviet”-ness of Kazakhstan and for... Read More
Abdulhamid Sulaymon o’g’li Cho’lpon, “Night and Day: A Novel” (Academic Studies Press, 2019)
Christopher Fort’s new translation of Abdulhamid Sulaymon o’g’li Cho’lpon’s Night and Day: A Novel (Academic Studies Press, 2019) (Kecha va Kunduz) gives readers a chance to dive into the world of early 20th century Uzbek literature and understand the complex social problems of late Russian imperial Turkestan. This book will... Read More
M. Sheehy and K-D Mathes, “The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet” (SUNY Press, 2019)
Michael R. Sheehy  and Klaus-Dieter Mathes‘s edited collection The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet (SUNY Press, 2019) brings together perspectives of leading international Tibetan studies scholars on the subject of zhentong or “other-emptiness.” Defined as the emptiness of everything other than the continuous luminous awareness that... Read More
Roberto Carmack, “Kazakhstan in World War II: Mobilization and Ethnicity in the Soviet Empire” (UP of Kansas, 2019)
Roberto Carmack’s Kazakhstan in World War II: Mobilization and Ethnicity in the Soviet Empire (University Press of Kansas, 2019) looks at the experience of the Kazakh Republic during the Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War. Using a variety of archival materials, newspapers, and individual memoirs, Carmack looks at important topics of... Read More
Joanna Lillis, “Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan” (I. B. Tauris, 2018)
Joanna Lillis’ Dark Shadows, Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan (I. B. Tauris, 2018) takes the reader on a penetrating, colourfully written journey into the recesses of a little known Central Asian nation on the frontier of tectonic shifts across Eurasia. Kazakhstan, a sparsely populated oil-rich former Soviet republic that... Read More
Rico Isaacs, “Film and Identity in Kazakhstan: Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture in Central Asia” (I.B. Tauris, 2018)
In Film and Identity in Kazakhstan: Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture in Central Asia (I.B. Tauris, 2018), Rico Isaacs uses cinema as an analytical tool to demonstrate the constructed and contested nature of Kazakh national identity. By first tracing the evolution of Kazakh national identity formation and then analyzing data from... Read More
Berthe Jansen, “The Monastery Rules: Buddhist Monastic Organization in Pre-Modern Tibet” (U California Press, 2018)
The Monastery Rules: Buddhist Monastic Organization in Pre-Modern Tibet (University of California Press, 2018) discusses the position of the monasteries in pre-1950s Tibetan Buddhist societies and how that position was informed by the far-reaching relationship of monastic Buddhism with Tibetan society, economy, law, and culture. Berthe Jansen‘s study of monastic... Read More
James Tharin Bradford, “Poppies, Poltics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Afghanistan and the United States have a complicated relationship. And poppies have often been at the center of the problem between the two countries. In James Tharin Bradford‘s new book, Poppies, Politics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy (Cornell University Press, 2019), he reevaluates the... Read More