Regionalism has played an increasingly important role in the
changing international relations of East Asia in recent decades,
with early signs of integration and growing regional cooperation.
This in-depth volume analyzes various historical approaches to the
construction of a regional order and a regional identity in East
Asia. It explores the ideology of Pan-Asianism as a predecessor of
contemporary Asian regionalism, which served as the basis for
efforts at regional integration in East Asia, but also as a tool
for legitimizing Japanese colonial rule. This mobilization of the
Asian peoples occurred through a collective regional identity
established from cohesive cultural factors such as language,
religion, geography and race. In discussing Asian identity, the
book succeeds in bringing historical perspective to bear on
approaches to regional cooperation and integration, as well as
analyzing various utilizations and manifestations of the pan-Asian
ideology. Pan-Asianism in Modern Japanese History provides an
illuminating and extensive account of the historical backgrounds of
current debates surrounding Asian identity and essential
information and analyses for anyone with an interest in history as
well as Asian and Japanese studies.
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