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1st Edition

Asian Nationalisms Reconsidered

Edited By

Jeff Kingston

ISBN 9781138826076
Published December 10, 2015 by Routledge
298 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Nationalism appears to be rising in a renascent Asia and stoking tensions, aspirations, and identity politics while amplifying grievances and raising questions about prospects in what is touted as the Asian century. This book provides a broad overview and introduction to nationalism in Asia. Leading experts in their fields succinctly convey key information and critical analysis useful to students in a range of courses across disciplines.

Part I presents thematic chapters, mostly cross-national studies, that elucidate the roots and consequences of nationalism in these societies and the varying challenges they confront.

Part II presents concise country case studies in Asia, providing an overview of what is driving contemporary nationalism and surveys the domestic and international implications. Approaching Asia from the perspective of nationalism facilitates a comparative, interdisciplinary analysis that helps readers better understand each society and what the ramifications of nationalism are for contemporary Asians, and the worlds that they (and we) participate in.

Asian Nationalisms Reconsidered is an invaluable textbook for undergraduate courses and graduate seminars related to international relations, Asian Studies, political science, government, foreign policy, peace and conflict, and nationalism.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Section I 2. East is East and West is West? Applying Theories of Nationalism to Asia 3. Energy Nationalism: Power Politics in Asia 4. Specters of Partition: Religious Nationalism in Post-colonial South Asia 5. Religion and Nationalism in Asia 6. Military Nationalism and Nuclear Internationalism in Asia 7. Nationalism and the Law: Japan’s Tale of Two Constitutions 8. Leadership and Nationalism: Assessing Shinzo Abe 9. China vs. the US Alliance: The background to Sino-Japanese rivalry 10. Korea-Japan’s Rocky Standoff: Something More? 11. Nationalist Attitudes Among Mass Publics in East Asia Section II—Country Studies 12. The Making of Hong Kong Nationalism 13. Nationalism and its Political Implications in Contemporary China 14. Political Dynamics of Contemporary Japanese Nationalism 15. Nationalism and History in Contemporary Japan 16. Post-Colonial South Korean Nationalism 17. Indian Nationalism—The Most Recent Turn 18. Thailand’s Eternal Flame of Nationalism: Legitimacy and Manipulation 19. Burma’s (Myanmar’s) ‘exclusive’ nationalism 20. Indonesian nationalism: from underdog to rising power 21. The Puzzle of Filipino Nationalism 22. Russia’s Competing Nationalisms and Foreign Relations with Asia

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Jeff Kingston is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at Temple University, Japan.