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The Teleology of the Modern Nation-State: Japan and China
Japan and China did not begin to emerge as unified political entities until the nineteenth century. Yet scholars and politicians persistently refer to "Japan" and "China" in discussions of earlier periods, as if the modern nation-state had long been established in these regions. Joshua Fogel here brings together essays by eight renowned East Asian scholars to demonstrate w ...more
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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A central question in the various essays of the book is "When did Japan/China become Japan/China" - Some really great scholars, including the editor Fogel, Eiko Ikegami, William C. Kirby, David L. Howell, Peter Perdue etc. all offer their thoughts and bring their years of research to their responses.