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Digital South Asia Library
Provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia, including books and journals, full-text dictionaries, bibliographies, images, maps, and statistical information from the colonial period through the present.
India, Raj and Empire This link opens in a new window
Documents the history of South Asia from 1615-1947.
Treasury of Lives This link opens in a new window
Biographies of noteworthy people from Tibet, Inner Asia, & the Himalayan region.
China: Culture and Society This link opens in a new window
Primary and secondary sources on China, 1750-1929.
Asia Past and Present by
Publication Date: 2021
An expansive survey of the social, political, and economic history of the continent from the Paleolithic era to the early 21st century.
East Asian National Identities by
Publication Date: 2012
Examines national identity in countries with long histories influenced by Confucian thought, surging nationalism, and far-reaching ambitions for regional importance: Japan, South Korea, and China.
When searching for books, you can start with the following search terms:
- "Asia - History" covers the entire continent. This is a very general search term; you will probably need to limit it.
- "East Asia - History" is about Japan, China, Korea and the Pacific Ocean countries.
- "Southeast Asia - History" will discuss Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, etc.
- "South Asia - History" covers India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and smaller countries.
You can also search individual countries when you want to be specific.