Korea Between Empires

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Overview

Korea Between Empires chronicles the development of a Korean national consciousness. It focuses on two critical periods in Korean history and asks how key concepts and symbols were created and integrated into political programs to create an original Korean understanding of national identity, the nation-state, and nationalism. Looking at the often-ignored questions of representation, narrative, and rhetoric in the construction of public sentiment, Andre Schmid traces the genealogies of cultural assumptions and linguistic turns evident in Korea's major newspapers during the social and political upheavals of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Newspapers were the primary location for the re-imagining of the nation, enabling readers to move away from the conceptual framework inherited from a Confucian and dynastic past toward a nationalist vision that was deeply rooted in global ideologies of capitalist modernity. As producers and disseminators of knowledge about the nation, newspapers mediated perceptions of Korea's precarious place amid Chinese and Japanese colonial ambitions and were vitally important to the rise of a nationalist movement in Korea.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Asian Studies
I highly recommend Schmid's book as an earnest narrative that illumines the cultural and intellectual setting and dialogues.

— Jacqueline Pak

Acta Koreana
A fascinating study in the recent intellectual history of Korea... highly recommended.

— Michael Finch

Pacific Affairs - Christine J. Kim

Schmid's new book is a significant contribution to the English-language study of Korean nationalism at the turn of the twentieth century... a rich and rewarding study.

Korean Studies - Peter Duus

In this provocative new study Andre Schmid examines how intellectuals of the Korean 'patriotic enlightenment movement' began to re-imagine their own society as a national community... [A] persuasively argued and felicitously written book.

Journal of Asian History - Sheila Miyoshi jager

Schmid's book is a welcom and important contribution...deft and elegant prose

Asian Studies Review - Kenneth Wells

enriches our understanding of Korean nationalism...This book is a joy to read

Journal of Asian Studies - Jacqueline Pak

I highly recommend Schmid's book as an earnest narrative that illumines the cultural and intellectual setting and dialogues.

Acta Koreana - Michael Finch

A fascinating study in the recent intellectual history of Korea... highly recommended.

Choice

Schmid provides a stimulating tour of current theorizing about the nation and nationalism... profoundly stimulating and highly recommended.

Choice

Schmid provides a stimulating tour of current theorizing about the nation and nationalism... profoundly stimulating and highly recommended.

American Historical Review

A breathtaking historiography, magisterial in sweep, elegant in structure, lucid in idiom, and insightful and illuminating in interpretation... The book's strengths are likely to make it an unrivaled work of scholarship on modern Korea for a long time to come.

Pacific Affairs
Schmid's new book is a significant contribution to the English-language study of Korean nationalism at the turn of the twentieth century... a rich and rewarding study.

— Christine J. Kim

Korean Studies
In this provocative new study Andre Schmid examines how intellectuals of the Korean 'patriotic enlightenment movement' began to re-imagine their own society as a national community... [A] persuasively argued and felicitously written book.

— Peter Duus

Journal of Asian History
Schmid's book is a welcom and important contribution...deft and elegant prose

— Sheila Miyoshi jager

Asian Studies Review
enriches our understanding of Korean nationalism...This book is a joy to read

— Kenneth Wells

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Meet the Author

Andre Schmid is associate professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Monumental Story1: The Universalizing Winds of Civilization2: Decentering the Middle Kingdom and Realigning the East3: Engaging a Civilizing Japan4: Spirit, History, and Legitimacy5: Narrating the Ethnic Nation6: Peninsular Boundaries7: Beyond the PeninsulaEpilogue

Columbia University Press

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