Reading List: Asian History, Australian History, Linguistic History, and Memoir

Asian History

India before Europe by Cynthia Talbot and Catherine B. Asher

Shanghai: China’s Gateway to Modernity by Marie-Claire Bergère

The Age of Confucian Rule: The Song Transformation of China (History of Imperial China) by Dieter Kuhn

Port of Last Resort: The Diaspora Communities of Shanghai by Marcia Ristaino

The United States and China: Into the Twenty-first Century by Michael Schaller

Australian History

Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788 by Richard Broome

Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists by Vivien Johnson

Once Upon a Time in Papunya by Vivien Johnson

Genocide and Settler Society: Frontier Violence and Stolen Indigenous Children in Australian History (Studies in War and Genocide) edited by A. Dirk Moses

Language History

Our Marvelous Native Tongue: The Life and Times of the English Language by Robert Claiborne

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English by John McWhorter

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler


The Alexiad (Penguin Classics) by Anna Comnena

How We Survived Communism & Even Laughed by Slevanka Drakulic

Defying Hitler: A Memoir by Sebastian Haffner

The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters edited by Charlotte Mosley

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh by Joyce A. Tyldesley

Reading List: Jewish History-Soviet, and in East Asia

Soviet Jewry

They Did Not Dwell Alone: Jewish Immigration from the Soviet Union, 1967-1990 (Woodrow Wilson Center Press) by Petrus Buwalda

The Soviet Jewish Americans (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life) by Annelise Orleck

The Soviet Government and the Jews 1948-1967: A Documented Study by Benjamin Pinkus

The Jewish Movement in the Soviet Union by Yaacov Ro’i

The Soviet Union and the June 1967 Six Day War (Cold War International History Project) by Yaacov Ro’i

Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939 by Anna Shternshis

Jewish History in East Asia

Chinese and Jews: Encounters Between Cultures by Irene Eber

Wartime Shanghai and the Jewish Refugees From Central Europe: Survival, Co-Existence, and Identity in a Multi-Ethnic City (New Perspectives on Modern Jewish History, 1) by Irene Eber

Shanghai Sanctuary: Chinese and Japanese Policy toward European Jewish Refugees during World War II by Bei Gao

Jews in the Japanese Mind: The History and Uses of a Cultural Stereotype (Studies of Modern Japan) by David G. Goodman and Masanori Miyazawa

Japanese, Nazis & Jews: The Jewish refugee community of Shanghai, 1938-1945 by David Kranzler

Port of Last Resort: The Diaspora Communities of Shanghai by Marcia Ristaino

Japanese Diplomats and Jewish Refugees: A World War II Dilemma by Pamela R. Sakamoto

Bridge Across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory by Vera Schwarcz

Jews in Old China: Studies by Chinese Scholars by Sidney Shapiro

The Jews of Kaifeng, China: History, Culture, and Religion by Xin Xu