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Sukhothai  Its History, Culture, and Art, Gosling, Betty
1 Gosling, Betty Sukhothai Its History, Culture, and Art
Singapore Oxford University Press 1991 0195889843 / 9780195889840 First Edition Hardcover Fine with no dust jacket 
Glossy pictorial paper covered boards as new show only slight wear ; A bright, solid book ; The Asia Collection; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 156 pages; Referred to as "the cradle of Thai culture", the city of Sukhothai in north-central Thailand now lies in extensive and impressive ruins that are a testimony to a period from the mid-thirteenth to the mid-fifteenth centuries of the accomplishments of this independent city in the fields of architecture, sculpture, painting, and ceramics. Despite the historical importance ascribed to Sukhothai in laying the political, cultural, and artistic foundations for the modern day Thai state, the facts of its founding, growth, and decline have been shrouded until fairly recently in mystery, being largely dependent on an unreliable oral tradition. Drawing on twentieth-century study of scores of abandoned stone inscriptions and archaeological research, Gosling paints a rich picture of the political, religious, and cultural life of the Sukhothai period. 
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The Mayor of Aihara  A Japanese Villager and His Community, 1865-1925, Partner, Simon
2 Partner, Simon The Mayor of Aihara A Japanese Villager and His Community, 1865-1925
Berkeley, CA University of California Press 2009 0520258592 / 9780520258594 First Edition; First Printing Paperback Very Good Illustrated by Maps 
Light edge wear, a few pages dog eared, small cut base of spine. ; A bright, solid book ; Trade PB; 8.90 X 5.90 X 0.60 inches; 248 pages; "Aizawa Kikutarő (1866-1963) was born into the wealthiest family in Hashimoto, a small agricultural village specializing in wheat and silk. By 1925, the village was undergoing rapid commercial development, residents were commuting to factory and office jobs in cities, and, after serving as mayor for almost twenty years, Aizawa was working as a bank manager. Taking the biography of this leading villager as its central focus and incorporating intimate details of life drawn from Aizawa's diary, The Mayor of Aihara chronicles the extraordinary transformation of Hashimoto against the background of Japan's rapid industrialization. By portraying history as it was actually lived by ordinary people, the book offers a rich and compelling perspective on the modernization of Japan." 
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