Alex von Tunzelmann: Indian Summer – The Secret History of the End of an Empire (2007)

Well-written history of India’s independence and end of the British rule.

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Somerset Maugham: Far Eastern Tales

Collection of Maugham’s short stories from British Malaya.

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William Dalrymple: The Age of Kali (1998)

Collection of authorts travels and interviews in India during 1990s. Insights into a complex society and its politics and customs.

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Борис Акунин: Турецкий гамбит (1998/2013)

Akuninin historiallinen dekkari Venäjä-Turkin sodan ajoilta 1870-luvulta. Yksinkertaistettu sanasto opiskelijoita varten. Jänniä juonikäänteitä, mutta vähän pinnalliset henkilöhahmot. Mukavaa luettavaa.

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Albert von Dantzig: Forts and Castles of Ghana (1980)

History of European castles and colonial enterprises on the “Gold Coast” or modern day Ghana. European powers mainly traded with local communities (gold, slaves etc.) and actual colonisation, by United Kingdom, began only during later part of 1900th century.  Interesting to see Denmark, and to an extent also Sweden, playing part in this history.

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Marc Levinson: The Box (2006)

The Box kertoo konttiliikenteen läpimurrosta ja vaikutuksista maailmankauppaan. Näinkin tylsältä kuulostavasta aiheesta on saatu kiinnostava ja hyvin kirjoitettu tarina.  Kontin läpimurto 1960-1970 luvuilla muutti maailmankauppaa, nosti uusia satamia vanhojen ohi ja hävitti vanhojen satamakaupunkien perinteisiä työpaikkoja. New York ja Lontoo perinteisinä satamakaupunkeina siirtyivät syrjään ja uudistuksia vastustaneet ay-liitot menettivät työpaikkojaan. Kirjan halki merikontin uranuurtajana kulkee kuljetusyrittäjä Malcom McLean.

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Ben Chu: Chinese Whispers (2013)

Journalist Ben Chu examines in his book myths created by the West about China and Chinese. Chu concludes that in many occasions Western portrayals of China reflect more domestic politics of those countries. E.g. economic success of China can be argument for a) for stronger statist involvement for the left-wingers, b) more liberal, laissez-faire capitalism for the right-wingers or industrialists. Chu singles out seven “myths” and takes them apart. The case of education is interesting and how there are fears about China outpacing the West, but actually China’s educational system is facing challenges and its innovativeness is lacking behind.

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