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Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series

Embracing 'Asia' in China and Japan

Asianism Discourse and the Contest for Hegemony, 1912-1933

Authors: Weber, Torsten

  • Explores the emergence of a new, affirmative discourse on Asia in the early twentieth century in the context of shifting power relations between the two countries and the rest of the worldContributes to the transnational history of geopolitical thought in East Asia, transcending national borders and moving beyond national historiographies
  • Analyses and compares different affirmations of Asianism, as well as criticisms and rejections of the concept, to offer a more complex understanding of Asianism than previous studies have been able to provide
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This book examines how Asianism became a key concept in mainstream political discourse between China and Japan and how it was used both domestically and internationally in the contest for political hegemony. It argues that, from the early 1910s to the early 1930s, this contest changed Chinese and Japanese perceptions of ‘Asia’, from a concept that was foreign-referential, foreign-imposed, peripheral, and mostly negative and denied (in Japan) or largely ignored (in China) to one that was self-referential, self-defined, central, and widely affirmed and embraced. As an ism, Asianism elevated ‘Asia’ as a geographical concept with culturalist-racialist implications to the status of a full-blown political principle and encouraged its proposal and discussion vis-à-vis other political doctrines of the time, such as nationalism, internationalism, and imperialism. By the mid-1920s, a great variety of conceptions of Asianism had emerged in the transnational discourse between Japan and China. Terminologically and conceptually, they not only paved the way for the appropriation of ‘Asia’ discourse by Japanese imperialism from the early 1930s onwards but also facilitated the embrace of Sino-centric conceptions of Asianism by Chinese politicians and collaborators.

About the authors

Torsten Weber is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Humanities Section at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo, Japan. 

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“Torsten Weber offers the most nuanced account of different Asianisms that existed before Japanese official appropriation of this internationalist vision of solidarity after the Manchurian Incident, and in this way, he helps us better understand the political significance of the complex historical memory battles over the meaning of Asianism today. An essential reading for those interested in understanding the entanglement of both the emancipatory and imperialist aspects of Pan-Asianism.” (Cemil Aydin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Weber, Torsten

    Pages 1-30

  • Studying Asianism: The Impact and Legacy of Takeuchi Yoshimi

    Weber, Torsten

    Pages 31-61

  • Asia Becomes an ism: Early Chinese and Japanese Asianism

    Weber, Torsten

    Pages 63-105

  • Asianism During World War One: Macro-Nationalism or Micro-Worldism?

    Weber, Torsten

    Pages 107-166

  • The Racialization of ‘Asia’ in the Post-Versailles Period

    Weber, Torsten

    Pages 167-227

Buy this book

eBook £70.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65154-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover £88.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65153-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Embracing 'Asia' in China and Japan
Book Subtitle
Asianism Discourse and the Contest for Hegemony, 1912-1933
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65154-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65154-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65153-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 407
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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