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Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern / Edition 1

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Overview

In this powerful and provocative book, Prasenjit Duara uses the case of Manchukuo, the Japanese puppet state in northeast China from 1932-1945, to explore how such antinomies as imperialism and nationalism, modernity and tradition, and governmentality and exploitation interacted in the post-World War I period. His study of Manchukuo, which had a population of 40 million and was three times the area of Japan, catalyzes a broader understanding of new global trends that characterized much of the twentieth century. Asking why Manchukuo so desperately sought to appear sovereign, Duara examines the cultural and political resources it mobilized to make claims of sovereignty. He argues that Manchukuo, as a transparently constructed 'nation-state,' offers a unique historical laboratory for examining the utilization and transformation of circulating global forces mediated by the 'East Asian modern.' Sovereignty and AUthenticity not only shows how Manchukuo drew technologies of modern nationbuilding from China and Japan, but it provides a window into how some of these techniques and processes were obscured or naturalized in the more successful East Asian nation-states. With its sweepingly original theoretical and comparative perspectives on nationalism and imperialism, this book will be essential reading for all those interested in contemporary history.

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Editorial Reviews

American Journal Of Sociology
Duara's book ably explores the complexity of Manchukuo while providing us with a fruitful theoretical framework and useful tools for the broader comparative study of nationalism in the 20th century.
Choice
Duara has written a wonderfully crafted, thought-provoking book using a range of disciplines to explore the interplay between nationalism and imperialism, showing how they are historically and functionally interconnected. This important and well-researched work considers several important issues related to 20th-century imperialism in East Asia. Highly recommended.
Journal Of Asian Studies
This imaginative, rich, suggestive, and immensely erudite book offers much to ponder on the interconnected questions of nationalism and imperialism, sovereignty and authenticity, and the regional and global cultures of modernity.
American Historical Review
An immensely rich and imaginative study of Japanese-controlled Manchuria. It makes an exciting and important contribution to our understanding of the complexity of Manchurian history, Japanese imperialism, and East Asian nationalism.
Journal of World History
Prasenjit Duara . . . offers us a wholly original, path-breaking, and interdisciplinary approach to the geopolitical area of East Asia. . . . [His] book is an embodiment of a new imagination of the East Asian modern.
Journal of Asian Studies
This imaginative, rich, suggestive, and immensely erudite book offers much to ponder on the interconnected questions of nationalism and imperialism, sovereignty and authenticity, and the regional and global cultures of modernity.
Rana Mitter
A major work that overturns assumptions about nations, empires, and identity. The interdisciplinarity of the book—history, anthropology, literary theory—is breathtaking.
Mark C. Elliott
A wholly original work that will make a substantial contribution to our understanding of the development of the nation-state in East Asia in the 20th century. It offers a feast of careful thinking about the linkages between the nation, politics, scholarship, and culture.
Gavan McCormack
Sovereignty and Authenticity is a tour de force, covering and illuminating an astonishing amount of ground. By plunging in depth into the detail of Manchukuo, Duara elucidates the universal dilemmas of modernity.
Sheldon Garon
A bold, imaginative, and extraordinarily well-researched study.
CHOICE
Duara has written a wonderfully crafted, thought-provoking book using a range of disciplines to explore the interplay between nationalism and imperialism, showing how they are historically and functionally interconnected. This important and well-researched work considers several important issues related to 20th-century imperialism in East Asia. Highly recommended.
Library Bookwatch
An impressive and strongly recommended work of World War II era history.
American Journal of Sociology
Duara's book ably explores the complexity of Manchukuo while providing us with a fruitful theoretical framework and useful tools for the broader comparative study of nationalism in the 20th century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742530911
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: State & Society in East Asia Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Prasenjit Duara is professor in the Department of History and professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note to the Reader
Introduction 1
Pt. I Comparative and Historical Perspectives 7
Ch. 1 Imperialism and Nationalism in the Twentieth Century 9
Ch. 2 Manchukuo: A Historical Overview 41
Pt. II Civilization and Sovereignty 87
Ch. 3 Asianism and the New Discourse of Civilization 89
Ch. 4 Embodying Civilization: Women and the Figure of Tradition within Modernity 131
Pt. III The Authenticity of Spaces 171
Ch. 5 Imperial Nationalism and the Frontier 179
Ch. 6 Local Worlds: The Poetics and Politics of the Native Place 209
Conclusion 245
Glossary of Chinese Terms 257
Glossary of Japanese Terms 265
Bibliography 269
Index 293
About the Author 306
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