Jonathan Clements

Jonathan Clements is the author of many books on East Asian history, including biographies of emperors and empresses, statesmen and warriors, foreign visitors and outcast rebels. His works have been translated into over a dozen languages, including French, Spanish, Korean and Dutch, and he achieved a rare distinction when his book on the First Emperor of China was itself published in Chinese.


  • "This study is authoritative and detailed, and will be essential reading for anime fans and scholars alike."
    PD Smith, Examiner, on Anime: A History
  • "Clements delivers a tightly-packed account of anime production, distribution and viewership from the silent era to the present day. . . . Anime: A History is heartily recommended for anybody who wants an insight into the industrial politics that lie behind the on-screen images."
    Neil Emmett, Cartoon Brew
  • "Anime: A History is a magisterial effort and will undoubtedly prove invaluable for scholars, particularly in the social sciences, who are interested in the political economy of anime production. Indeed, while Clements may profess to be skeptical of history as a narrative project, his book may well shape the discourse on the subject for years, if not decades, to come."
    Casey Brienza, London School of Economics and Political Science Review of Books