All scholarly books experience a brief moment of freshness at publication. Thereafter they age, some gracefully, while a select few works mature becoming timeless classics in their field. However, far too many studies wither under the pitiless sun of passing time, fading into irrelevance.
Sadly, most books do not become utterly irrelevant, let alone valueless; they are simply forgotten. And yet, time and again, something happens in the world that apparently is new but which is beautifully explained – given context – by one of these old texts.
NIAS books are not immune to ageing, either, but we have decided to do something about the obsession with now and the stampede towards obsolescence – hence this website with which we aim to link current events (especially in Asia) to Asia research published by NIAS.
Welcome to NIAS Inside, a website demonstrating that fine scholarship is timeless.