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Statecraft and Spectacle in East Asia
Studies in Taiwan-Japan Relations

Edited By

Adam Clulow

ISBN 9780415591904
Published November 30, 2010 by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

Statecraft and Spectacle in East Asia is a multidisciplinary collection of essays that explores the intertwined histories of Taiwan and Japan across the long sweep of the early modern and modern periods. Drawing on new research by scholars from Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, it moves beyond the conventional focus on the mechanics of the Japanese colonial state to provide new perspectives on a highly significant relationship that shaped the nature of the modern East Asian political landscape. Ranging from the seventeenth century to the chaotic aftermath of empire, the papers collected here consider Tokugawa Japan’s halting engagement with Taiwan as a key world historical moment that illuminates changing attitudes towards maritime expansion; the ways in which the colonial project was packaged and sold in print as well as image; and the complex legal discourses surrounding the making and unmaking of empire. Together they show how influence flowed both ways between Taiwan and Japan and the importance of inter-Asian interactions.

This book was published as a special issue of Japanese Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Onward, Christian Samurai! The Japanese Expeditions to Taiwan in 1609 and 1616  Stephen Turnbull  2. A Fake Embassy, the Lord of Taiwan and Tokugawa Japan  Adam Clulow  3. Japan’s First War Reporter: Kishida Ginkō and the Taiwan Expedition  Matthew Fraleigh  4. Peddling Postcards and Selling Empire: Image-Making in Taiwan under Japanese Colonial Rule  Paul Barclay  5. Making the Japanese Empire: Nationality and Family Register in Taiwan, 1871-1899  Haruka Nomura  6. Pawns of Empire: Postwar Taiwan, Japan and the Dilemma of War Crimes  Barak Kushner

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Adam Clulow is Lecturer at the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University, Australia.