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Places the histories of Japan, China and Korea in a global as well as regional perspective.

Modern East Asia details the history of the region while recognizing the intellectual, religious, artistic, economic and scientific contributions East Asians have made to the contemporary world. The three national narratives of China, Japan and Korea are told separately within each chapter, and the text emphasizes connections among them as well as the unique evolution of each society, allowing readers to experience the individual countries' histories as well as the region's history as a whole.

The text takes into consideration the radical changes in the field of history in the past 40 years, as the authors have incorporated scholarship in areas such as gender studies, social history and minority histories. While reading social, economic and personal histories, students will uncover the evolution of family structures, peripheral and outcast communities, the sociopolitical power of language and literature, the rise of nationalism and regional trading networks. Attention is also paid to environmental and diplomatic themes.

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“The scholarship is very soundly interpreted and up-to-date. Clear references to recent work shines through for the informed reader but in a way that the uninformed reader will not be bogged down by references… The narrative style is engaging and explains East Asian history far better than most other books out there.”

-Ethan Segal, Michigan State University

“The three narratives are balanced and explain their connection with each other. I also like the fact that the authors changed the order of narratives between mostly China and Japan and sometimes begin with Korea. It helps an instructor to divide the time relatively evenly in their lecture of modern East Asian history.”

-Yosuke Nirei, Indiana University, South Bend

“The greatest strengths of the book are its even treatment of Korea, Japan, and China. It is also effective at engaging important historiographical debates without losing its strong narrative thread.”

-James Carter, Saint Joseph

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321234902
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 254,933
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan N. Lipman is the Felicia Gressitt Bock professor of Asian studies and professor of history at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Lipman specializes in the study of Islam and Muslims in China, however he covers all of East Asia in his courses. He is the author of Familiar Strangers: A History of Muslims in Northwest China (1998) and co-author of Imperial Japan: Expansion and War, A Humanities Approach to Japanese Histry Part III (1995). He has also recently contributed to Twentieth Century China, The Xinjiang Project and Ethnic Identity and the China Frontier (forthcoming). Lipman has published additional articles, book chapters and reviews on religion, ethnicity and diversity in Chinese history. He is a member of the Association for Asian Studies and its regional affiliate. He is also an associate in research at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies at Harvard University.

Barbara Molony has been a professor of history at Santa Clara University since 1981 and has served as the department chair since 2005. Molony is the co-author of Civilizations Past and Present, 12th Edition (Pearson, 2009). She also co-edited Asia's New Mothers: Crafting Gender Roles and Childcare Networks in East And Southeast Asian Societies (Global Oriental, 2008) and Gendering Modern Japanese History (Harvard, 2005). Her primary research interests are centered on women's rights and the construction and representation of gender. Additionally, her research interests focus on modern Japan and its global connections. She currently serves as the associate editor of the US-Japan Women's Journal as well as the president of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American History Association.

Michael A. Robinson teaches in the department of East Asian languages and cultures and the department of history at Indiana University. Although he is involved in the study of both modern and contemporary Northeast Asia, his principle studies have focused on modern Korea during the period of Japanese colonial rule. Robinson is the author of Korea's Twentieth Century Odyssey: A Short History (University of Hawaii Press, 2007), Cultural Nationalism in Colonial Korea (1988) and co-author of Korea Old and New: A History (1991). He also co-edited Colonial Modernity in Korea, 1910-1945 (Harvard East Asia Council Publications, 2000).

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Lands and Languages of East Asia



North China

Central China

Southern China

North of China

West of China

South and Southeast of China




Speech and Writing

Vocabulary and Local
Written Forms

Pronunciation, Phonetics, and Romanization





Chapter 2: MIng China, Choson Korea, and Warring States Japan in 1600

World Context

Chinese Society and Culture in the Late Ming

Neo-Confucianism and the Ideal of Self-Cultivation

Individuals and Families, Ideals and Realities

Women’s Lives

Native Place

Food and Hobbies


Orthodoxy, Meritocracy, and the Examination System

Hai Rui Rebukes His Lord

Time and the Cosmos

Agriculture and Commerce

Land and Population

Frontiers, Defense, and Diversity

Being Chinese

Korea under the ChosOn Kings

The Yangban Ruling Class

Ms. Kim hangs herself

Examinations and the Limited Power of a Centralized State

Land, Slaves, and Commoners

Tribute and Invasion

The Origins of Tokugawa Japan

The International Context

The End of the Warring States Period

Hideyoshi’s Pacification

Hosokawa Gracia Tama

The Road to Sekigahara



Chapter 3: The Seventeenth Century

World Context

Dynastic Upheaval and a New Ruling Elite

The End of the Ming

The Rise of the Manchus

The Conquest of Ming

The Xu Brothers, Scholars of the Early Qing

Empire-Building under the Kangxi Emperor

State, Society, and the Intellectual Elite in the Early Qing


Tax Reform and the Economy

Farmers, Rice, and the Commercialization of Agriculture

International Trade

Kim Manjung

Cultural Growth and Criticism

Japan in the Seventeenth Century: Consolidating the Realm

The Tokugawa and the DaimyM

The Tokugawa Regime and the World

Economic Growth and Social and Environmental Change

Culture and Society

Ihara Saikaku



Chapter 4: The Eighteenth Century

World Context

The High Qing: Triumph and the Sources of Decline

Population Growth and the Qing Economy

Social Transformation and the Status of Women

Shen Fu and Chen Yun, A Qing Love Story

Manchus and Political Power

The Late Kangxi Period

Fiscal Reform and Yongzheng Period Economics

The Qianlong Emperor

Ending the Nomadic Threat and Creating “China”

Intellectual Life and the Literary Inquisition

Corruption and Rebellion in the Late Qianlong Period

The High Qing and the Europeans

ChosOn in the Eighteenth Century

Economic Growth and Commercialization

The Yangban Puzzle

State and Countryside

A Tragedy at Court

Relations with Qing

Domesticating Letters and Arts

The Coming of “Western Learning”

The Early Modern Transition in Tokugawa Japan

Japan in the Eighteenth-Century World

Scholars and Artists

Molding Class, Status, and Gender

Ema SaikM

Demographic Changes in the Eighteenth Century

The Blossoming of Intellectual Diversity



Chapter 5: Internal Contradictions, External Pressures (1800—1860S)

World Context

The Qing in Decline

End of an Era

Social Problems and Statecraft Solutions

Frontier Wars by Land

A Loyal Man of Qing

Frontier Wars by Sea

Mapping the World

Imagining Other Worlds

Shaking the Foundations


An End to Slavery

Practical Learning in a Changing World

The Escalation of Rural Resistance

From Factional to Consort Politics

Eastern and Western Learning

The “Disturbances” of 1866

Japan on the Eve of Modernity

The Cultural Scene, 1795—1853

Economic Crises

Japan in the New Diplomatic Scene

Nakahama ManjirM

The End of the Tokugawa Regime





Chapter 6: Traditionalist Reforms and the Origins of Modernity (1860S–1895)

World Context

Japan’s Meiji Transformation

Fukuzawa Yukichi

Drafting the Blueprints for the New Order

Implementing the Charter Oath: Constructing a New Nation

The New Japanese Subject

Planting the Seeds for Economic Modernity

Japan’s International Position and the Iwakura Mission

Reactionary Samurai, Progressive Reformers, and the Oligarchs

Religion, Culture, and Arts

Japan in the Late Nineteenth-Century World

Qing Restoration
and Reform

Defeating the Taipings

The Other Domestic Rebels

New Troubles in the Northwest

Wang Tao, A Confucian Christian Journalist-Reformer

Foreign Studies and the First Hundred

Self-Strengthening and Foreign Affairs

Social Change

The Great Shock of 1895


The “Opening” of Korea to Foreign Trade

The Early Self-Strengthening Movement

The Kapsin Coup of 1884

Yun Ch’iho

Qing Influence and Interference

The Sino-Japanese War and the Kabo Reform, 1894—5






Chapter 7: Meiji Japan Rises, Qing and Choson Fall, 1895-1912

World Context


From Farms to Factories and Mines

GotM Shinpei, Modernist and Imperialist

Japan and the World

Politics, Rights, and Citizenship

The End of the Qing 222

Responses to the 1895 Defeat

Reformers and Revolutionaries

Kang Youwei and the Hundred Days of 1898

“Support the Qing and Annihilate the Foreigners”

Too Much, Too Late: “New Government” and Qing Reformism

Free the Mind and the Feet: Women and Chinese Nationalism

Qiu Jin, Revolutionary Heroine

Toppling Heaven: The 1911 Revolution and the End of Imperial China


The Independence Club and Nationalist Reaction

Expansion of the Public Sphere

The Korean Enlightenment and the Origins of Korean Nationalism

Sin Ch’aeho, Nationalist Historian

The Russo-Japanese War and the Reemergence of Japanese Power

The Japanese Protectorate

Annexation and Descent into Colonial Status






Chapter 8: Triumphs, Revolutions, and Hard Times (1910-31)

World Context

Japan: Democracy and Empire

Japan’s Expansion during World War I

From World War I to the Earthquake: 1918—23

From Reconstruction to the Manchurian Incident: 1923—31

Ichikawa Fusae

China: Warlords and New Culture

Yuan Shikai, Militarism, and Imperialism

Public Intellectuals: The New Culture Movement

The May Fourth Movement

Lu Xun, Mirror for Modern China

The Family Broken, the People Gone

The Rise of Political-Military Parties

Economics in the 1920s

Centralization and Its Discontents

Colonial Korea

The Governor-General and the Colonial State

Land and the Survey of 1911—18

Cultural Control, Political Repression, and the Ideology of Empire, 1910—19

The March First Movement and Japanese Reforms

The Cultural Policy and Nationalist Renaissance

Cultural Nationalism and Literary Activity

Yi Kwangsu






Chapter 9: The FIfteen-Year War and Anti-Japanese War of Resistance (1931-45)

World Context

Japan at War

The Manchurian Incident

Domestic Politics and Economics

The 2-26 Incident

The Second Sino-Japanese War, 1937—45

Yamamoto Isoroku

The Road to Pearl Harbor

The Pacific War on the Battlefield

The War at Home

Creating Two Chinas 293

Nation-Building in the Nanjing Decade

Communists in Power: The Jiangxi Soviet

Defeat and Retreat

Yan’an, Xi’an, and the Second United Front

Invasion and All-Out War, 1937—38

Feng Zikai, Buddhist Cartoonist

The Long Wars of Resistance, 1938—45


Colonial Development and War Mobilization

Manchuria, Korea, and Developmental Colonialism

The Great Depression, Tenancy, and Rural Misery

Nationalist Resistance

The Anti-Japanese Guerrillas in Manzhouguo, 1937—45

Colonial Modernity, Urbanization, and Mass Culture in Korea

Modern Women

Na HyesOk

Forced Assimilation and War Mobilization

Comfort Women and the End of Japanese Rule




Korea’s Population Hemorrhage


Chapter 10: Occupations, Settlements, and Divisions (1945-53)

World Context


Japanese Surrender, the CPKI, and the Korean People’s Republic

YO UnhyOng

The Reoccupation of Korea

The Evolution of Separate States

The Road to Civil War

The Korean War


Conditions at War’s End

The Marshall Mission and Peacemaking

Zhang Junmai, Confucian Cosmopolitan

Large-Scale Civil War

Preparing Taiwan

The PRC and Its Frontiers

Land Reform

International Relations and the Korean War

Social Mobilization

The Occupation of Japan

The Winter of 1945—46

The American Occupation

Kurosawa Akira, Filmmaker

The End of the Occupation and the Beginning of Recovery






Chapter 11: Reconstruction and Divergent Development (1953- Late 1970s)

World Context


Hukou, Danwei, and Mass Mobilization

Socialist Economic Transformation

“Identifying” China’s Ethnic Groups

A Hundred Flowers

Yue Daiyun, Ambivalent Maoist

The Great Leap Forward

Manmade Famine

A Frontier Debacle: The Tibetan Uprising

Mao on the Margins

The Great Proletarian
Cultural Revolution

Détente and Changing the Guard

The Other China

Japan: The Era of Double-Digit Growth

Creation of the “1955 System”

The Climate for Recovery

Diverse and Conflicting Voices in the 1950s

The 1960s and Income Doubling

The Attainment of Wealth and the Rise of Discontent

Ienaga SaburM, crusading Historian

The End of an Era

Nation-Building in the Koreas

Authoritarian Patterns in South Korea: Syngman Rhee’s First Republic

Political Consolidation in North Korea

Rebuilding and North Korea’s Command Economy (1953—72)

Import Substitution in South Korea, 1953—60

The Second Republic and the 1961 Military Coup

The Economic Transformation of South Korea

The New Hermit Kingdom and the Cult of the Leader

The Yusin Constitution and the Fourth Republic

Kim Chi Ha, Dissident Poet






Chapter 12: Social Trans-Formations and Economic Growth (Mid 1970s-Early 1990s

World Context

China and Taiwan

The Beginnings of Reform

International Relations and War

Handling Mao’s Legacy

Economic Liberalization

Inflation and Planned Inequality

The “One Child” Policy

Attacking “Bourgeois Liberalization”

Intellectuals Under Reform

Wang Ruoshui, Liberal Marxist Humanist

The Road to Tiananmen

Taiwan under the Guomindang

A Watershed Decade for the Koreas

The Violent Origins of the Fifth Republic

The Kwangju Incident

The Fifth Republic and Growing Opposition

The Minjung Movement

Marking Time in 1980s North Korea

Democratization of South Korean Society

Im Kwon-Taek, Award-Winning Director

Labor Activism and Politics

International Relations

The 1992 Presidential Election

The Rise of Japan’s Bubble Economy

Japan in Asia

Trade Tensions with the United States

Stock-Market and Real-Estate Bubbles

The Era of National Confidence

Social Change and Continuing National Concerns

Politics in the Era of National Confidence

Japanese Arts on the Global Stage

Doi Takako, Political LeadeR






Chapter 13: Globalization with East Asian Characteristics (Early 1990s-2010)

World Context

Global Japan

New Directions in Politics

The Traumatic 1990s

The Koizumi Years and Beyond

The End of LPD Government?

Le KenzaburM, Nobel Laureate

Japanese Arts and Culture on a Global Stage

Korea at Century’s End: New Beginnings

Settling Accounts and Democratization

The Great Transformation: South Korean Society in the 1990s

Isolation, Economic Failure, and Nuclear Politics in North Korea

The Great Famine

Kim Dae Jung, from Prison to Presidency

The Asian Financial Crisis and its Aftermath

The “Sunshine Policy” and Rapprochement with North Korea

The Two Koreas in the New Millennium

The Reemergence of China and Taiwan

Post-Tiananmen Foreign Relations and Trade

Deng’s Last Years

The PRC at the Millennium: Globalization and Domestic Control

Religion and Falun Gong

The Great Firewall and Transnational Diseases

9/11 and the SCO

Hong Kong

Taiwan and the Politics of Reunification

Zhang Ruimin, Legendary Entrepreneur

The 2008 Beijing Olympics



North Korean Refugees






Regional Connectivity





Picture Credits

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