Historical Perspectives on Contemporary East Asia / Edition 1

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Overview

Historical Perspectives on Contemporary East Asiaaddresses provocative themes concerning the experience of particular nations and of East Asia as a whole. It explores the turbulent process of integrating Asian societies and political systems into a global order dominated by the West over the past two centuries.

The authors show that important changes were already underway before the western advance, which had their own internal logic and staying power. They describe how people in China, Japan, and Korea redefined and defended indigenous "traditions" even as they disagreed over what these traditions were and how to transform them. They make it clear that nationalism was a powerful motivating force in the modern development of these countries, but they stress that a wide variety of nationalisms emerged and collided in the dramatic history of modern Asia.

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Editorial Reviews

Asian Affairs - J. E. Hoare
[This book] is a highly stimulating collection, designed to make undergraduates think, but one which should appeal to an informed audience well beyond universities...[It undoes] a fair amount of the conventional wisdom about East Asia in the modern period, showing that there were other possibilities and other options for the development of these societies than the one that eventually emerged...the quality of the writing is uniformally high, making each chapter a pleasure to read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674000988
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 0.84 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Merle Goldman is Professor of History, Emerita, at Boston University and Associate of the John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University.

Andrew Gordon is Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Maps

1 The Foreign Impact on East Asia WARREN I.COHEN

2 Social and Political Change in Nineteenth-Century China MARY BACKUS RANKIN

3 Visions ofthe Future in Meiji Japan DAVID L. HOWELL

4 Korea's Transition to Modernity: A Will to Greatness CARTER J. ECKERT

5 State and Society in Interwar Japan SHELDON GARON

6 China in the Early Twentieth Century: Tasks for a New World ERNEST P. YOUNG

7 The Nationalist Regime and the Chinese Party-State,1928-1958 WILLIAM C. KIRBY

8 The Search for Social Cohesion in China, 1921-1958 R. KEITH SCHOPPA

9 Society and Politics from Transwar through Postwar Japan ANDREW GORDON


10 Searching for the Appropriate Model for the People's Republic of China MERLE GOLDMAN and ANDREW J.NATHAN

Chronologies Notes Contributors Index

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