Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern / Edition 320by Prasenjit Duara
Pub. Date: 04/15/2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Carved out of the Chinese northeast between 1932 and 1945 by the Japanese, Manchukuo is widely understood to have been the puppet of Japanese imperialism. While hardly disagreeing with that characterization, Duara (history and East Asian languages and civilizations, U. of Chicago) argues that the Japanese attempt to construct Manchukuo as a multinational state, the "national idea" of which reveals the way in which the framers sought to legitimize their project in the language of cultural authenticity. He seeks to understand Manchukuo as the site in which global and regional discourses were transformed for the purposes of one particular project of modernity. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Comparative and Historical Perspectives Chapter 1 3 Imperialism and Nationalism in the Twentieth Century Chapter 2 4 Manchukuo: A Historical Overview Part 5 Civilization and Sovereignty Chapter 3 6 Asianinsm and the New Discourse of Civilization Chapter 4 7 Embodying Civilization: Women and the Figure of Tradition within Modernity Part 8 The Authenticity of Spaces Chapter 5 10 Imperial Nationalism and the Frontier Chapter 6 11 Local Worlds: The Politics and Poetics of the Native Place Chapter 12 Conclusion Chapter 13 Glossary of Chinese Terms Chapter 14 Glossary of Japanese Terms
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