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Clements, Jonathan 1971-

Works: 136 works in 352 publications in 6 languages and 8,816 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  History  Biography  Reference works  Poetry  Military history  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Naval history  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator
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 2,007 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 )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 765 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
A brief history of the Vikings : the last pagans or the first modern Europeans? by Jonathan Clements( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 373 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
Confucius : a biography by Jonathan Clements( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the life and teachings of the Chinese philosopher
Wu : the Chinese empress who schemed, seduced and murdered her way to become a living god by Jonathan Clements( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 306 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."--book jacket
The moon in the pines : Zen haiku( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mao by Jonathan Clements( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brief history of the Samurai by Jonathan Clements( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 164 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
Modern China by Jonathan Clements( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 162 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
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 156 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
Pirate king : Coxinga and the fall of the Ming dynasty by Jonathan Clements( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The eldest son of China's richest smuggler, Coxinga was raised in a palace and sent to elite schools where he developed a love of poetry and Confucian philosophy. From this unlikely beginning, he became one of the last warriors loyal to the doomed Ming emperor, commanding a fleet of 3,000 ships and over 250,000 soldiers. When the Ming dynasty fell, Coxinga turned to piracy, ousting the Dutch from Taiwan to become ruler of the island. He was later made a god - twice. This book tells the true story of this infamous pirate king in full for the first time." "The invasion of China by the Manchus and the collapse of the Ming dynasty in 1644 shaped Coxinga's life. It transformed him from a wealthy child of privilege into a renegade with a price on his head, and threw him into conflict with his cynical father, who became a war profiteer and collaborator. His family members were tempted by offers from the enemy, but when they deserted the last Ming stronghold Coxinga refused to follow. Burning his Confucian scholar's robes and donning a warrior's armour, he took charge of his father's fleet and embraced his new destiny - only to be struck with tragedy at the moment of his greatest triumph." "Filled with a host of extraordinary characters - the sword-wielding priest Adam Schall, the trader and conman Captain China, and Coxinga's samurai mother - this is a book which will appeal to anyone with a taste for adventure and an interest in the Far East."--Jacket
Prince Saionji, Japan by Jonathan Clements( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 141 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
Beijing : the biography of a city by Jonathan Clements( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the story of Beijing from its earliest beginnings through its fluctuating fortunes under a dozen dynasties, along with examining the city's most famous sites as well as the ultramodern areas under construction for the 2008 Olympics
Wellington Koo, China by Jonathan Clements( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 135 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
Mannerheim : president, soldier, spy by Jonathan Clements( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 132 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
Admiral Tōgō : Nelson of the East by Jonathan Clements( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tōgō Heihachiro (1848-1934) was born into a feudal Japan that had shut out foreign contact for 250 years. As a teenage samurai, he witnessed the destruction wrought upon his native land by British warships. As the legendary "Silent Admiral," he was at the forefront of innovations in warfare, pioneering the Japanese use of modern gunnery and wireless communication. Togo is best known as the "Nelson of the East" for his resounding victory over the Tsar's navy in the Russo-Japanese War, but he also lived a remarkable life, studying at a British maritime college and witnessing the Sino-French War, the Hawaiian Revolution, and the Boxer Uprising. After his retirement, he was appointed to oversee the education of Emperor Hirohito. This new biography spans Japan's sudden, violent leap out of its self-imposed isolation and into the twentieth century. Delving beyond Tōgō's finest hour at the Battle of Tsushima, it portrays the life of a shy Japanese sailor in Victorian England; his reluctant celebrity in America; his role in forgotten wars over the short-lived Republics of Ezo and Formosa; and the accumulation of peacetime experience that forged a wartime hero. -- from Back Cover
Swords and ashes by Jonathan Clements( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 125 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
Marco Polo by Jonathan Clements( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The anime encyclopedia : a guide to Japanese animation since 1917
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Clements, J. M.

Clements, J. M. 1971-

Clements, Jonathan Mr

Jonathan Clements Brits scenarioschrijver

Джонатан Клементс

클레멘츠, 조너선



A brief history of the Vikings : the last pagans or the first modern Europeans?Confucius : a biographyWu : the Chinese empress who schemed, seduced and murdered her way to become a living godThe moon in the pines : Zen haikuMaoA brief history of the SamuraiThe dorama encyclopedia : a guide to Japanese TV drama since 1953Pirate king : Coxinga and the fall of the Ming dynasty