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Sovereignty and Authenticity : Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern - Prasenjit Duara

Sovereignty and Authenticity

Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern

Paperback Published: 13th January 2004
ISBN: 9780742530911
Number Of Pages: 320

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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.

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.--Gavan McCormack, The Australian National University

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
A Note to the Readerp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Comparative and Historical Perspectivesp. 7
Imperialism and Nationalism in the Twentieth Centuryp. 9
Manchukuo: A Historical Overviewp. 41
Civilization and Sovereigntyp. 87
Asianism and the New Discourse of Civilizationp. 89
Embodying Civilization: Women and the Figure of Tradition within Modernityp. 131
The Authenticity of Spacesp. 171
Imperial Nationalism and the Frontierp. 179
Local Worlds: The Poetics and Politics of the Native Placep. 209
Conclusionp. 245
Glossary of Chinese Termsp. 257
Glossary of Japanese Termsp. 265
Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 293
About the Authorp. 306
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ISBN: 9780742530911
ISBN-10: 0742530914
Series: State & Society East Asia
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 13th January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 17.58  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.66

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