Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian by Prasenjit Duara PDF

By Prasenjit Duara

during this strong and provocative booklet, Prasenjit Duara makes use of the case of Manchukuo, the japanese puppet country in northeast China from 1932-1945, to discover how such antinomies as imperialism and nationalism, modernity and culture, and governmentality and exploitation interacted within the post-World battle I interval. His research of Manchukuo, which had a inhabitants of forty million and was once thrice the world of Japan, catalyzes a broader realizing of recent worldwide traits that characterised a lot of the 20 th century. Asking why Manchukuo so desperately sought to seem sovereign, Duara examines the cultural and political assets it mobilized to make claims of sovereignty. He argues that Manchukuo, as a transparently built 'nation-state,' bargains a special ancient laboratory for analyzing the usage and transformation of circulating worldwide forces mediated by way of the 'East Asian modern.' Sovereignty and AUthenticity not just exhibits how Manchukuo drew applied sciences of contemporary nationbuilding from China and Japan, however it presents a window into how a few of these concepts and strategies have been obscured or naturalized within the extra winning East Asian realms. With its sweepingly unique theoretical and comparative views on nationalism and imperialism, this booklet can be crucial studying for all these drawn to modern history.

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