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Welcome to Renaissance Books


Renaissance Books are academic publishers offering a new, robust and independent platform for peer-reviewed scholarship on Asia Pacific, in particular East Asian Studies – principally in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We have a strong presence in the United States through our distribution partnership with ISD (Ian Stevens Distribution), our books are published to the highest standards of production and design, and we count amongst our published authors some of the leading names in their fields.


Emperor at Oxford

In anticipation of Crown Prince Naruhito’s ascent to Japan’s imperial throne in May 2019, we are delighted to announce the re-publication*, of his memoir, The Thames and I , recording his two years at Merton College, Oxford, 1983-85.

In 1993, the Crown Prince published a record of his time at Oxford under the title Thames no tomo ni .

The memoir, translated by the late Sir Hugh Cortazzi, which includes a colour plate section incorporating photographs taken by the Prince, explores his daily life, studies and recreational experiences, including discovering beer and being banned from entering a disco because he was wearing jeans. The Thames and I , published in association with the Japan Society, is the first autobiographical work of a future Japanese emperor to appear in English.

 [See Forthcoming titles]

 * Thanks to the generous bequest to the Japan Society to facilitate this by the late Sir Hugh Cortazzi.



Imperialism in East Asia

Imperialism in East Asia

26 Jun 2019

We are delighted to announce the establishment of an important new Renaissance Books series to be known as Imperialism in East Asia [IEA], edited by Robert Fletcher (Warwick) and Teyhun Ma (Sheffield).