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Clements, Jonathan 1971-

Works: 119 works in 408 publications in 10 languages and 12,645 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Biography  Reference works  Biographies  Poetry  Military history  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical fiction  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Attributed name
Classifications: NC1766.J3, 791.43340952
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jonathan Clements
The anime encyclopedia : a guide to Japanese animation since 1917 by Jonathan Clements( Book )

33 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 1,797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Bigger and better! Our first edition rocked the anime world with its in-depth entries on anime famous and obscure and its superb index/film finder. Now this fantastic book is 40 percent larger-with all-new entries on hundreds of anime released after 2001, updates on older entries, and over fifty thousand words on anime creators (like Tezuka and Otomo) and genres ("Early Anime," "Science Fiction and Robots," etc.). An absolute must-have for every anime shelf! "If I only had space on my overcrowded shelf for one book on anime, this would be it. If I had no space on my shelf I'd select two books at random and drop them into the bin, just to make room it's that indispensable." Paul Jacques, Anime on DVD". While you may not agree with their opinions on a given anime, they are informative and entertaining, especially when skewering a really bad anime." Frames Per Second
Anime : a history by Jonathan Clements( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This comprehensive history of Japanese animation draws on Japanese primary sources and testimony from industry professionals to explore the production and reception of anime, from its early faltering steps, to the international successes of Spirited Away and Pokémon"--Publisher's website
Wellington Koo, China by Jonathan Clements( )

11 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gu Weijun, a.k.a. Wellington Koo (1887-1985). Born in Shanghai and raised in the city's International Settlement, Koo became fluent in English during his postgraduate studies abroad - he got a PhD in Law from Columbia in 1912. He was recalled soon afterwards to become the English Secretary to the newly formed Republic of China, and became ambassador to the United States in 1915. He achieved notoriety at the Paris Peace Conference where he sternly resisted Japanese attempts to hold onto seized German colonial territory in mainland China. In protest at their treatment, the Chinese were the only delegates not to sign the subsequent Treaty of Versailles." "Koo was China's first representative to the League of Nations, and ended up as acting president of Republican China during the unrest of the period 1926-7. He subsequently served briefly as a Foreign Minister during the peak of the Warlord Era, before returning to Europe, first as a delegate at the League of Nations, and then as China's ambassador to France. With the Nazi occupation, Koo fled to Britain, where he became the Chinese ambassador to the UK until 1946." "A founder member of the United Nations, Koo was instrumental in maintaining the position of Republican China on the Security Council - by this time, 'Republican China' was limited solely to the island of Taiwan, while the Communists proclaimed themselves to be the new rulers of China itself." "Retiring from the diplomatic service in 1956, the venerable Koo went on to become a judge at the International Court of Justice at the Hague, rising to vice-president before his retirement, aged 80, in 1967. He settled in New York, where his final years were tormented by 'Republican' China's loss of its seat on the United Nations Security Council to the Communists, following Nixon's famous visit to China."--book jacket
Prince Saionji, Japan by Jonathan Clements( )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Prince Saionji Kinmochi (1849-1940). The Japanese delegation at the Paris Peace Conference did not have the Japanese prime or foreign ministers with them as they had only just been elected and had plenty to do back home. The delegation was instead led by Prince Saionji, the dashing 'kingmaker' of early 20th-century Japanese politics whose life spanned the arrival of Commodore Perry and his 'black ships', the Japanese civil war, the Meiji Restoration, the Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, the First World War, the Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles, and the rise of Japanese militarism." "Unlike many of the conservatives of his day, Saionji was a man with experience of international diplomacy and admiration for European culture. Brought up in the days of the last Shogun, he became an active supporter of Japan's new ruling regime, after the Shogun was overthrown in a civil war, and a leading figure in the post-Restoration reform movement. In 1869 he founded the institution that would become the Ritsumeikan University - literally, 'the place to establish one's destiny'. He was sent to France for nine years to investigate Western technology and philosophy, and served for a decade as a Japanese ambassador in Europe. Returning to Japan, he served twice as Minister of Education and later became prime minister before resigning to become a revered elder statesman."--Jacket
The anime encyclopedia : a century of Japanese animation by Jonathan Clements( )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over 1,000 new entries, over 4,000 updates and corrections, countless old arguments ended (and new ones begun). This 3rd edition of The Anime Encyclopedia brings the landmark reference work up to date with six additional years of information on Japanese animation, its practitioners and products, as well as incisive thematic entries on anime history and culture"--
Mannerheim : president, soldier, spy by Jonathan Clements( )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gustaf Mannerheim was one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century. As a young Finnish officer in Russian service he witnessed the coronation of the last Tsar and was both reprimanded for his foolishness and decorated for his bravery in the Russo-Japanese war. He spent two years undercover in Asia as an agent in the 'Great Game', posing as a Swedish anthropologist. Crossing China on horseback, he stopped en route to teach the 13th Dalai Lama how to shoot a pistol and spied on the Japanese navy. Having escaped the Bolsheviks by the skin of his teeth in 1917, he led the anti-Russian forces in the local revolt and civil war and later, during Finland's darkest hour, he led the defence of his country against the impossible odds of the Winter War. In this, the first major English language biography of Mannerheim for a decade, Jonathan Clements brings new material to light on Mannerheim's time in Manchuria, China and Japan. The result is a fascinating appraisal of an adventurer and explorer who would go on to forge a new nation
Marco Polo by Jonathan Clements( )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Marco Polo (1254-1324) ... the son of a Venetian merchant family, left Europe on a trading mission with his father and uncle in 1271. The man who arrived back in Italy a generation later in 1295 was unrecognisable, but soon accepted as Marco by his relatives when he showed them the jewels he had brought back from the east. Captured in a later battle, he was briefly imprisoned, and dictated his memoirs to his cellmate Rustichello, a novelist who may have embellished the original text with some asides of his own. The result was A Description of the World , better known as Travels , a detailed account of Polo's wandering, much of which seems to parallel the expeditions of Mongol armies, in China, Burma and Indonesia. Some have argued that his claims were largely falsified, that he merely stayed for a while in Western Asia, and assembled his book with stories he had heard from others. The records of the Chinese Yuan dynasty do not mention a Marco Polo at all (and they should), and there are some suspicious omissions from Polo's text - no tea, no foot-binding, no mention of Chinese printing, or even of the Great Wall. Did Polo even go to China? This new biography will try to answer some of the questions connected with the perpetually fascinating adventurer of the 13th century"--Publisher's description
An armchair traveller's history of the Silk Road by Jonathan Clements( )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Armchair Traveller's History of the Silk Road takes a comprehensive and illuminating look at the rich history of the dynamic and little known region through which the Silk Road passes. Paying particular attention to the historical sites that feature on any visitor's itinerary, Jonathan Clements give special emphasis to the writings and reactions of travelers through the centuries
A brief history of Japan : samurai, shōgun and zen : the extraordinary story of the land of the rising sun by Jonathan Clements( )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and Japanese and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This fascinating history tells the story of the people of Japan, from ancient teenage priest-queens to teeming hordes of salarymen, a nation that once sought to conquer China, yet also shut itself away for two centuries in self-imposed seclusion."
Chinese life by Jonathan Clements( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barron's Ticktock books feature handsome full-color magazine-style layouts that present fascinating information on a wide variety of subjects. Books in Ticktock's Early Civilizations series tell the stories of cultures around the world -- how they came into existence, their achievements, their leaders, the disasters they endured, their military exploits, their religions, arts, technologies, and much more. Ticktock books are fun to read, and make fine sources of ideas for school essays and class projects
A brief history of the Vikings : the last pagans or the first modern Europeans? by Jonathan Clements( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'From the Fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord.' Between the eighth and eleventh centuries, the Vikings surged from their Scandinavian homeland to trade, raid and invade along the coasts of Europe. Their influence and expeditions extended from Newfoundland to Baghdad, their battles were as far-flung as Africa and the Arctic. But were they great seafarers or desperate outcasts, noble heathens or oafish pirates, the last pagans or the first of the modern Europeans? This concise study puts medieval chronicles, Norse sagas and Muslim accounts alongside more recent research into r
Wellington Koo : Makers of the Modern World by Jonathan Clements( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consequences of Peace: the Versailles Settlements - their aftermath and legacy
Confucius : a biography by Jonathan Clements( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in English and Polish and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the life and teachings of the Chinese philosopher
The first emperor of China by Jonathan Clements( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exposes the intrigues and scandals of Ying Zheng's family - his mother's plot to overthrow him, a revolt led by his stepfather, and the suspicious death of his half-brother. This book explores the immigration crisis that threatened to destroy his kingdom, and provides a glimpse of daily life in a land under absolute rule
Wu : the Chinese empress who schemed, seduced and murdered her way to become a living god by Jonathan Clements( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wu was the first and only woman in Chinese history to become a reigning empress. Jonathan Clements tells the dramatic and colourful story of the seventh-century daughter of a lumber merchant who used her looks, cunning and connections to rule one of the largest empires of the world." "Before Wu was born, prophecies predicted that she would become an emperor. It was thus a source of disappointment to her family when she turned out to be a girl. But they underestimated Wu's steely determination to succeed. At the age of 13 she took the first steps on her path to power when she was selected as a concubine to the 40-year-old Supreme Emperor (Taizong)." "When the emperor fell ill, the ambitious Wu committed a capital crime by seducing his heir. Her gamble paid off, and when the emperor died, his besotted heir, now the High Emperor (Gaozong), rescued Wu from life in a convent. Back in the palace, Wu wasted no time in framing and executing her opposition, the empress and the beautiful Pure Concubine. Her ruthlessness even extended to her own family. After her husband had died, she poisoned her strong-willed eldest son, tried to rule through his two more malleable brothers but eventually took the throne herself." "Coloured by intrigue, murder, incest and seduction, Wu's incredible true story is a rich and fascinating tale. Drawing on the original Chinese sources, Jonathan Clements reveals the life of this extraordinary woman who proclaimed herself a living god, founded a new dynasty and was only deposed, aged 79, after jealous courtiers had murdered her two young lovers."
The moon in the pines : Zen haiku( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of haiku, illustrated with color photographs, depicting movement and moving things in nature
A brief history of the Samurai by Jonathan Clements( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of the country for the next 500 years. From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the Samurai warrior
The dorama encyclopedia : a guide to Japanese TV drama since 1953 by Jonathan Clements( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deeply connected to Japanese manga, anime, music and film is Japanese TV. This encyclopedic survey has over 1000 entries, including production data, synopses and commentaries on everything from rubber-monster show to samurai drama, from crime to horror, unlocking an entire culture's pop history
Modern China by Jonathan Clements( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Modern China: All That Matters, Jonathan Clements presents China as the Chinese themselves see it. He explains the key issues of national reconstruction; the Cold War, the Cultural Revolution, and the dizzying spectacle of China's economic reform. Clements offers a Chinese perspective on such events as the Handover of Hong Kong, and chronicles the historical events that continue to resonate today in Chinese politics, economics, culture and quality of life. A final chapter examines China's role in the global marketplace, its indirect effect on foreign economies from Australia to America to Africa, and its growing military might, with an assessment of the damage done to its environment and population. In his most provocative assertion, Clements suggests that China's contemporary problems are not the trials of a developing nation, but a possible vision of our own future. This accessible and readable book will appeal both to students and general readers, giving a fascinating introduction to modern China - and what matters most about it
Swords and ashes by Jonathan Clements( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first book in a new series of original novels about Roman gladiator Spartacus ties into the new Starz TV show
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The anime encyclopedia : a guide to Japanese animation since 1917
Wellington Koo, ChinaPrince Saionji, JapanMannerheim : president, soldier, spyMarco PoloChinese lifeA brief history of the Vikings : the last pagans or the first modern Europeans?Confucius : a biographyThe first emperor of China
Alternative Names
Clements, J. M.

Clements, J. M. 1971-

Clements, Jonathan Michael 1971-

Clements, Jonathan Mr

Jonathan Clements Brits scenarioschrijver

Джонатан Клементс

클레멘츠, 조나단 1971-

클레멘츠, 조나단 미카엘 1971-

클레멘츠, 조너선 1971-