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What the Japanese are saying

T.H. Barrett, 10 March 1994

Central Asia in World History 
by S.A.M. Adshead.
Macmillan, 291 pp., £42.50, February 1993, 0 333 57827 9
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Japan’s Orient: Rendering Pasts into History 
by Stefan Tanaka.
California, 331 pp., £30, July 1993, 0 520 07731 8
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... very different from Central Asia in World History suggests that we ignore it at our peril. Stefan Tanaka’s book is a revision of a doctoral dissertation, and it shows. Instead of enjoying a dizzying overview of vast tracts of Asian history, we find ourselves stumbling wearily through what at first sight seems rather unpromising terrain. ...

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