Modernity and the State in East Asia

Comparative political history of the major East Asian countries in the period from the Opium War to the 1990s.
1. Impact of the arrival of Western Imperialism in the mid-19th C. and the respective approaches taken by J, K & C to the intrusion: 2. Difficulties provoked by modernization and nationalism in the first-half of the 20th C., taking in: 3. Aftermath of WWII for East Asia: 4. Subsequent developments:
Four main course objectives:
  1. to give a basic grounding in the history of modern East Asia and to challenge the preconceptions surrounding Western perceptions of the region;
  2. to provide students with an example of how one region's history can be subject to a number of sharply contrasting interpretations;
  3. to demonstrate the necessity to see national history not just as a reflection of political events but as a total history reflecting social, economic and diplomatic pressures;
  4. to show the value of comparative history for studying trends within a specific region.

A regional and comparative history of EA is necessary because:
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