Chinese Hegemony: Grand Strategy and International Institutions in East Asian History
by Feng Zhang
Sacred Mandates: Asian International Relations since Chinggis Khan
by Timothy Brook (ed.)
The Annals of King T'aejo: Founder of Korea's Choson Dynasty
by Choi Byonghyon
Tradition, Treaties, and Trade: Qing Imperialism and Choson Korea, 1850-1910
by Kirk W. Larsen
Cold War Crucible: The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World
by masuda hajimu
China has had close political and cultural relations with Korea for centuries and the history of that relationship can shed light on China’s approach to international relations more broadly—including in its imperial past. Yale historian Odd Arne Westad recommends the best books on China, Korea and the relationship between them.
Kim Jong-un’s posturing over nuclear weapons is a distraction from more pressing concerns: the extreme poverty and disenfranchisement of his people, says North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee. She chooses five books for understanding the hermit kingdom.
North Korea expert, Andrei Lankov, says that although North Korea is a brutal dictatorship, many people nonetheless manage to lead relatively normal lives. He recommends the best books on North Korea. (NB You can buy all our expert recommendations on North Korea by clicking here.)