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 ■ Yeesan's Books

Our publishing company, Yeesan, specializes in quality books about World history and culture, especially East Asian history, society, culture, thoughts and the interaction between East Asian and the Western cultures. In Lieh Tzu, an ancient Chinese text, one can find a phrase "Woo Gong Yee San (愚公移山)", which means that a diligent person can move a mountain. The name of our company is derived from that phrase. With the same fervor, unflinching dedication and idealism of the person who wants to move a mountain, we will expend every ounce of our energies to each and every book that we bring out into this world. Our name also carries the hopes and dreams that one day a mountain of Yeesan's books will fill everyone's bookcases and every library's bookshelves.

Our first book, Beyond Orientalism, by a renowned Tokyo University professor, was published on July 25, 1997. After that, we have been able to publish a new book every two or three months. In 15years, 65 of Yeesan's books have come to life, including a new interpretation of ReOrient  by Andre Gunder Frank as well as God's Chinese son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan by the preeminent Yale scholar Jonathan D. Spence and A World History  by a distinguished scholar   William H. Mcneill.

As long as our bodies and minds are able, we promise to our readers that Yeesan will continue to produce meaningful books with diligence and honesty-to-a-fault devotion.

Yeesan Book 51

A Modern history of Japan 1

by Andrew Gordon
Translated by Moon Hyeonsuk
400pages/ ₩19,000

Yeesan Book 52

A Modern history of Japan 2

by Andrew Gordon
Translated by Moon Hyeonsuk
384pages/ ₩19,000

 

Historia Mundi 12

Selected Speeches and Letters of Lincoln

by Abraham Lincoln
Translated by Kim Wu-young

280pages/ ₩18,000

Historia Mundi 13

H.L. Mencken's Prejudices
by H.L. Mencken
Translated by Kim Wu-young

480pages/ ₩22,000

 

 

Yeesan Book 49

ROKUSHUUKOUAN鹿洲公案

by LAN Ding yuan
Translated by Cha Hyae-won
272pages/ ₩15,000

Yeesan Book 50

Return to Dragon Mountain--Memories of a Late Ming Man

by Jonathan Spence
Translated by Yi Jun-gap
348pages/ ₩18,000

 

Historia Mundi 11

A History of Islamic Societies 2

by Ira M. Lapidus
Translated by Shin Yeon-sung
800pages/ ₩33,000

Yeesan Book 48

To Change CHINA: Western Advisers in China

by Jonathan Spence
Translated by Kim Wu-young
416pages/ ₩20,000

 

HHistoria Mundi 09

MEDIEVAL PEOPLE

by Eileen Power
Translated by Kim Wu-young
288pages/ ₩15,000

Historia Mundi 10

A History of Islamic Societies 1

by Ira M. Lapidus
Translated by Shin Yeon-sung
800pages/ ₩33,000

 

Historia Mundi 08

THE HUMAN WEB: A Bird's-Eye View of World History

by J. R. McNeill & William H. McNeil
Translated by Yu Jeong-hui & Kim Wu-young
496pages/ ₩22,000

Yeesan Book 47

TIBET, the Country of DALAI LAMA

by Satake Yasuhiko
Translated by Kim Han-woong
336pages/ ₩15,000

 

Yeesan Book 45

A Socio-Economic History of Ming-Qing Times

by Oh, Keum-Sung, et al.
656pages/ ₩29,000

Yeesan Book 46

Ryu Bang

by Satake Yasuhiko
Translated by kwon In-young
544pages/ ₩25,000

 

Historia Mundi 06

A  WORLD HISTORY 1

by William H. Mcneill
Translated by Kim Wu-young
408pages/ ₩19,000

Historia Mundi 07

A  WORLD HISTORY 2

by William H. Mcneill
Translated by Kim Wu-young
376pages/ ₩19,000

 

Yeesan Book 43

The Invention of the Nation in Modern Japan

by Yoon Sang-In, et al.
320 pages/ ₩18,000

Yeesan Book 44

God's Chinese son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan

by Jonathan D. Spence
Translated by Yang, Hwiwoong
624 pages/ ₩29,000

 

Yeesan Book 41

The Making of Modern Japan 2

by Marius B. Jansen
Translated by Kim Wu-young etc.
630pages/ ₩25,000

Yeesan Book 42

Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa

by Fukuzawa Yukichi
Translated by Hur ho
376pages/ ₩19,000

 

Yeesan Book 39

A Cultural History of China

by Shanghai Chinese Classics Publishing House
Translated by Park So-jung
1,184 pages/ ₩55,000

Yeesan Book 40

The Making of Modern Japan 1

by Marius B. Jansen
Translated by Kim Wu-young etc.
616pages/ ₩25,000

 

Historia Mundi 04

PLAGUES AND PEOPLES

by William H. Mcneill
Translated by Kim Wu-young
392pages/ ₩18,000

Historia Mundi 05

THE PURSUIT OF POWER

by William H. Mcneill
Translated by Shin Mi-won
576 pages/ ₩25,000

 

Yeesan Book 37

A Modern History of Japan

by Andrew Gordon
Translated by Kim Wu-young
656 pages/ ₩29,000

Yeesan Book 38

Translation & Subdectivity

by Naoki Sakai
Translated by fujii Dakeshi
376 pages/ ₩16,000

 

Yeesan Book 35

The Confusions of Pleasure

by Timothy Brook
Translated by Yi Jeong & Kang In-hwang
400 pages/ ₩18,000

Yeesan Book 36

Writing Diaspora

by Rey Chow
Translated by Jang Su-hyun & Kim Wu-young
304 pages/ ₩16,000

 

Yeesan Book 33

Mao's China and After 2

by Maurice Meisner
Translated by Kim Su-young
432 pages/ ₩19,000

Yeesan Book 34

Feast of Cang-xie

by Masaya Takeda
Translated by Seo Eun-suk
304 pages/ ₩13,500

 

Yeesan Book 31

Treason by the Book

by Jonathan Spence
Translated by Yi Jun-gap
376 pages/ ₩16,000

Yeesan Book 32

Mao's China and After 1

by Maurice Meisner
Translated by Kim Su-young
432 pages/ ₩19,000

 

Yeesan Book 29

Primitive Passions

by Rey Chow
Translated by Jeong Jae-seo
360 pages/ ₩18,000

Yeesan Book 30

The Spring of Chang-an

by Mikinosuke Ishida Translated by Yi Dong-cheol & Park Eun-hui

432 pages/ ₩22,000

Yeesan Book 27

Nationalism

by Kang Sang-jung
Translated by Yim Seong-mo
224 pages/ ₩12,000

Yeesan Book 28

A Perspective of Globalization

by Kang Sang-jung & Sunya Yoshimi/ Translated by Yim Seong-mo & Kim Gyong-won
256
pages/ ₩12,000

 

Historia Mundi 03

The Invention of Ancient israel: The Silencing of Palestinian History

by Keith W. Whitelam
Translated by Kim Mun-ho
384 pages/ ₩18,000

Yeesan Book 26
Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan

by Takashi Hujitani
Translated by Han Seok-jeong
368
pages/ ₩16,000

A criticism of the "Tenno system/monarchism" and nationalism of modern Japan through the analysis of visual symbols and rituals, such as funerals and wedding ceremonies, in the imperial court during the Meiji period.

Yeesan Book 24

ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age

by Andre Gunder Frank
Translated by Yi Hui-jae
608 pages/ ₩25,000

A book providing the chance to rethink world history and the world economic system, rebuffing Europe-centered perspectives in existing historical narratives and social theories.

Yeesan Book 25

The Scpiral Road: Change in a Chineses Village Through the Eyes of a Communist Party Leader

by Huang Shu-min

Translated by Yang Young-gyun 400 pages/ ₩16,000

A modern history of China observed through the eyes of an executive member of the Communist party in the Lin village of Southern East China. An excellent anthropological report and a touching story as well.

 

Yeesan Book 23
The Memory of Battlefield
 

by Tomiyama Ichiro
Translated by Yim Seong-mo
304 pages/ ₩12,000

 

A text about resistance against the violence of die-hard colonialism and imperialism as typified in the case of Okinawa.
Historia Mundi 02

Africans: The History of a Continent

by John Iliffe
Translated by Yi Han-gyu & Kang In-hwang
560 pages/ ₩25,000

Yeesan Book 21

A New History of Vietnam

by Yu yin-seon
480 pages/ ₩22,000

 

A professor in East Asian History at Seoul National University, Yu follows the history of Vietnam as the country tries to reassert itself after many years of domination by China, France and the United States.

Yeesan Book 22

The Death of Woman Wang

by Jonathan D. Spence
Translated by Yi Jae-jeong
256 pages/ ₩10,000

Spence searches to understand the Ching society by following the miserable lives of diverse people who lived in Tanchung, a small village in China, in this highly literary book that almost reads like a fiction.

 

Yeesan Classic 01

The Analects of Confucius

by Miyazaki Ichisada,
Translated by Park Young-cheol
368 pages/ ₩15,000

Miyazaki provides an ideal introduction to the Analects for readers who have no previous knowledge of the Chinese language and philosophical traditions in this clear and lively new translation of an ancient Chinese classical text.

Yeesan Book 20

Imperial Peking

by Lin Yutang
Translated by Kim Jeong-hui
336 pages/ ₩18,000

A former chancellor at Nanyang University in Singapore and author of numerous books on China, Lin gives an overview of the history of Beijing, the cultural and historical symbol of China, with many fine works of art and illustrations.

Yeesan Book 18

Broadening the Horizons of Chinese History: DisCourses, Syntheses, and Comparisons

by Ray Huang
Translated by Yi Jae-Jeong
624 pages/ ₩25,000

One of the most brilliant Chinese scholars of our time, Huang traces the development of interaction between China and Western civilization, by drawing a comparison between life during the Ming dynasty and the modern world, as well as the nature and future of capitalism in this prodigious and meticulous book.

Yeesan Book 19

Life Along the Silk Road

by Susan Whitfield
Translated by Kim Seok-hui
320 pages/ ₩12,000

Whitfield, who has written several books and articles on China, recounts the history of the eastern Silk Road, from Samarkand to Chang'an, through ten individuals--composites based on the historical record--who lived in different city-states along the eastern Silk Road from the 8th to the 10th centuries.

 

Yeesan Book 16

Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-hsi

by Jonathan D. Spence
Translated by Yi Jun-gap
320 pages/ ₩15,000

Spence gives a remarkable re-creation of the life of K'ang-hsi, emperor of the Ching dynasty from 1661-1772, assembled from documents that survived his reign.

Yeesan Book 17

Emperor Yong-zheng

by Miyazaki Ichisada
Translated by Cha Hyae-won
232 pages/ ₩10,000

Miyazaki, a former Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University and one of the most prolific writers on Chinese and western Asian history, portrays the life of Yong-zheng, one of the most conscientious and forthright emperors in Chinese history who ruled the Ching dynasty from 1722-1735.

Yeesan Book 14

The History of Translation and Modern Japan

by Maruyama Masao & Kato Shuichi
Ttranslated by Yim Seong-mo
232 pages/ ₩10,000

Maruyama and Kato, two leading Japanese intellectuals, pose and then answer questions regarding the history of translation in Japan, mainly the effects and influences of the translated works during the establishment of modern Japan.

Yeesan Book 15

The History of Chinese Films

by Stefan Kramer
Translated by Hwang Jin-ja
384 pages/ ₩15,000

A movie critic and translator of several books on Chinese cinema, Kramer describes the history and development of Chinese cinema politically and culturally from the late Ching films to the avant-garde films of 1990s.

 

Yeesan Book 12

An Eclogue and a Rhapsody

by Qin Hui & Su Wen
Translated by Yu Yong-tae
463 pages/ ₩25,000

 

Qin and Su, married to each other and both prominent Beijing scholars, digs into the social and historical reasons for the Chinese Revolution and into the roots of problems plaguing current Chinese society in this self-reflectional research.

Yeesan Book 13

The Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds

by Jonathan D. Spence
Translated by Kim Seok-hui
351 pages/ ₩15,000

Spence adroitly writes of how the West has understood China over the course of seven centuries, ranging from Marco Polo's own depiction of China in the 1270s to views of China from Kafka, Borges, Calvino, Bret Harte, Mark Twain, Ezra Pound, and Eugene O'Neill.

Yeesan Book 11

The Double Screen―Medium and Representation

by Wu Hung
Translated by Seo Seong
304 pages (24 pages of illustrations)/ ₩15,000

A professor in Chinese Art History at the University of Chicago, Wu delves into the question "What is a traditional Chinese painting?" through a comprehensive analysis of the screen, a major format and a popular pictorial motif in traditional China, and offers a powerful non-Western perspective on diverse artistic and cultural genres, from portraiture and pictorial narratives to voyeurism and masquerade.

Historia Mundi 01

The Oxford History of the Twentieth Century

by Michael Howard
Translated by Cha Ha-sun and others
642 pages + 60 pages of illustrations/ ₩29,000

 

 

Yeesan Book 9

Marxism and the Possibility Within

by Karatani Kojin
Translated by Kim Gyong-won
264 pages/ ₩12,000

Karatani, a leading Japanese theorist and literary critic, gives a new interpretation of Marxism and analyzes the modern Japanese literature through his interpretation of Marxism.

Yeesan Book 10

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

by Jonathan D. Spence
Translated by Ju Won-jun
416 pages/ ₩15,000

A decisive biography on Matteo Ricci, Spence gives a vivid description of the intellectual and cultural history of Ricci's era, comparing China with 16th-century Europe.

Yeesan Book 7

The Search for Modern China 2

by Jonathan D. Spence
Translated by Kim Hui-gyo
580 pages/ ₩19,500

A long time professor at Yale and one of the world's foremost scholars on China, Spence follows a turbulent history of China between the end of the Ming to the Tianamen Massacre in 1987 in this New York Times bestseller, filled with beautifully-written literary prose and pertinent photos.

Yeesan Book 8

The Gate Of Heavenly Peace

by Jonathan D. Spence
Translated by Jeong Young-mu
584 pages/ ₩20,000

 

Spence looks at the history of China from 1895 to 1980 that brought about a cataclysmic change through the portraits of revolutionary leaders.

 

Yeesan Book 5

Modern Japanese Imperial System

by Suzuki Masayuki
Translated by Lyu Gyo-yeol
232 pages/ ₩10,000

Suzuki, a professor at Kobe University, analyzes the profound effects of the unique Japanese imperial system on Japanese society and politics.

Yeesan Book 6

The Search for Modern China 1

by Jonathan D. Spence
Translated by Kim Hui-gyo
580 pages/ ₩19,500

A long time professor at Yale and one of the world's foremost scholars on China, Spence follows a turbulent history of China between the end of the Ming to the Tianamen Massacre in 1987 in this New York Times bestseller, filled with beautifully-written literary prose and pertinent photos.

Yeesan Book 3

From Rome to China

by Jean-Noel Robert
Translated by Cho Seong-ae
336 pages/ ₩12,000

 

A French historian and author of several books on Ancient Rome, Robert traces the early interaction between East and West, using the historic meeting between Rome and China as his motif in this highly fascinating and intelligent book.

Yeesan Book 4

The Liberal Tradition in China

by William Theodore De Bary
Translated by Pyo Jeong-hun
248 pages/ ₩10,000

An expert on Neo-Confucianism and Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus at Columbia, De Bary peers into the history and contemporary significance of the Neo-Confucian school of thinking, stressing its liberal approaches to such issues as education, individualism, moral cultivation and criticism of political despotism.

 

Yeesan Book 1

Beyond Orientalism

by Kang Sang-jung
Translated by Yi Kyung-deok & Yim Seong-mo
288 pages/ ₩12,000

A noted social political scientist and currently teaching at Tokyo University, Kang criticizes the Japanese notion of "orientalism," using widely the ideas and writings of Weber, Foucault, Said, and Wallerstein.

Yeesan Book 2

Low City, High City

by Edward Seidensticker
Translated by Heo Ho
302 pages/ ₩12,000

Seidensticker, a Professor Emeritus of Japanese at Columbia and translator of many works of twentieth-century Japanese literature, vividly narrates the transformation of Tokyo from a feudal society to a modern city through his observations of the lives of ordinary Tokyo citizens from 1867 to 1923.

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