The Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University, published scholarly works on topics relating to China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia under the banner of East Asian Studies Press.
The Price of Rice by Sui-wai Cheung investigates the grain tax, canal transportation, and market integration, to give a complete picture of the long-distance rice trade in China during the eighteenth century.
Michael C. Brose
Subjects and Masters by Michael C. Brose answers the question, “Who really ran the Mongol empire?” The common stereotype of "leadership" during that period of world history most likely consists of a band of savage horse mounted nomads, led by the fearless and powerful Chinggis Qan, sweeping down from the steppe to conquer and rule with brutal force over the most powerful Eurasian empires of the time. But while the Mongol tribesmen were certainly effective in conquest and empire building, they could not have succeeded alone. In fact, the rapid conquests of Chinggis and his heirs, and the empire that they constructed across Eurasia, were achieved through the skills and efforts of many different peoples who collaborated (willingly or unwillingly) with the Mongol lords. Not only were the nomadic Mongol tribesmen few in number (especially relative to the large agrarian states they would ultimately conquer, China and Persia), but they also lacked the skills and experience needed to hold power over the long term.
The Last Mongol Prince by Sechin Jagchid: The sixty-four years of the life of Prince Demchugdongrob saw the devastation of two world wars. Invasion of Asia by imperialists was gradually checked by the rise of nationalism. Japan’s victory in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 restored Asian self- confidence. But this victory also created strife within. The founding of the Republic of China in 1912, which ended monarchical rule, and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 marked the beginning of a new era. The Mongols, roused by these great changes, struggled to establish their own national identity. By the conclusion of World War 11, half of the Mongol people had achieved their independence, at least nominally, but the other half faced harsh and rigorous trials.
Prince Demchugdongrob, born to a highly prestigious Chinggisid family, for a time assumed the position of national leader, but died in the custody of the Chinese Communists. His heroic but tragic life was entwined with the fate of his fellow countrymen, especially those Inner Mongols who struggled for the existence of their nation.
Jennifer W. Jay
A Change in Dynasties: Jennifer W. Jay’s book challenges standard Chinese historiography which sees Song loyalists as totally uncompromising to the new Mongol government. Professor Jay’s book marshals an impressive range of evidence to prove that after the defeat of loyalist resistance in 1279, even among the exemplars accommodation was more often the case than resistance. This important new study demonstrates that Song loyalism can best be understood in terms of a spectrum of relative rather than absolute values.