Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are available in paperback.
Allan, John, T. W. Haig, and H. H. Dodwell. The Cambridge Shorter History of India. Part II: Muslim India. 1958. A concise and authoritative account of Muslim rule from the thirteenth century to the end of the Moghul Empire.
Allyn, John. The 47 Ronins. 1970. In this true story, a group of eighteenth-century samurai avenge the wrong their lord has suffered.
Babur. Babur-Nama (Memoirs of Babur). Translated by Susannah Beveridge. 1922, reprinted 1970.Fascinating, frank autobiography by an empire builder, keen observer, and lover of nature.
Bernier, Françoise. Travels in the Mogul Empire a.d. 1656-1668. 2d ed. Translated by Irving Brock. 1968. Firsthand account by a Frenchman.
Beurdeley, Cecile. Giuseppe Castiglione: A Jesuit Painter at the Court of the Chinese Emperors. 1971.A beautifully illustrated book on Jesuit influence on Chinese art.
Boxer, C. R. The Christian Century in Japan, 1549-1650. 1967. On the rise and fall of Catholicism in Japan.
Brockey, Liam M. Journey to the East, the Jesuit Mission to China, 1579-1724, 2007. An absorbing account, this work is the winner of two book awards.
Chaudhuri, K. N. Trade and Civilization in the Indian Ocean: An Economic History from the Rise of Islam to 1750. 1985. Explains how the trade, religion, and cultures of many peoples influenced this region.
Cooper, Michael, ed. They Came to Japan: An Anthology of European Reports on Japan, 1543–1640. 1965. Interesting accounts of Japan by contemporary Europeans.
Gascoigne, Bamber. The Great Moghuls. 1971. Well-written text with lavish illustrations.
Grewal, F S. The Sikhs of the Punjab. 1998. Traces Sikhism from its beginnings to the present.
Hall, D. G. E. A History of South-East Asia. 3d ed. 1968. A standard survey of the whole region.
*Huang, Ray. 1587, A Year of No Significance: The Ming Dynasty in Decline. 1981. Using an unusual approach, Huang has crafted an engrossing book on the personality of the Emperor Wan-li and the politics of the late Ming.
Lall, Janardan S. Taj Mahal and the Glory of Mughal Agra. 1982. Wonderful color photos make this volume the next best thing to visiting Agra; well-written text.
*Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas. 1994. A lively account of the era of Chinese naval supremacy in the fifteenth century.
Michael, Franz. The Origins of the Manchu Rule in China. 1942. Study of the Manchus from tribal nomads to great power.
Mote, Frederick, and Denis Twitchett, eds. The Cambridge History of China. Vol. 7, part 1: The Ming Dynasty, 1368–1644. 1988. The definitive reference book on the period.
Perdue, Peter C. China Marches West, the Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia, 2005. A most important book of war diplomacy and empire building with focus on China.
Reid, Anthony. Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450-1688. Vols. 1-2. An authoritative treatment of the impact of early Western trade.
Sheldon, C. D. The Rise of the Merchant Class in Tokugawa Japan, 1600-1868. 1958. How the merchants rose to importance despite restrictions placed on them by a feudal government.
Shelov, J. M. Akbar. 1967. A fine biography.
* Spence, Jonathan. The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. 1984. A richly descriptive book on a great missionary and the China he worked in around 1600.
Totman, Conrad D. Tokugawa Ieyasu: Shogun. 1982. Good biography of the powerful founder of the last shogunate.
*Ts’ao Hsueh-ch’in. The Dream of the Red Chamber. Translated by C. C. Wang. A perennially popular love story set in a large and aristocratic eighteenth-century household in China.
Waldron, Arthur. The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth. 1990. Good short book on the political and strategic reasons for building the walls and how they affected the lives of Chinese and nomads.
Wu, Silas. Passage to Power: K’ang-hsi and His Heir Apparent. 1979. A moving book on a great monarch and his problems with his sons.
Wurtzburg, Charles E. Raffles of the Eastern Isles. 1954. Well-written biography of Britain’s great empire builder in Asia.