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Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern (State & Society in East Asia)

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ISBN-13: 978-0742525771
ISBN-10: 0742525775
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Duara has written a wonderfully crafted, thought-provoking book using a range of disciplines to explore the interplay between nationalism and imperialism, showing how they are historically and functionally interconnected. This important and well-researched work considers several important issues related to 20th-century imperialism in East Asia. Highly recommended. (CHOICE)

An impressive and strongly recommended work of World War II era history. (Library Bookwatch)

A major work that overturns assumptions about nations, empires, and identity. The interdisciplinarity of the book―history, anthropology, literary theory―is breathtaking. (Rana Mitter, University of Oxford)

A wholly original work that will make a substantial contribution to our understanding of the development of the nation-state in East Asia in the 20th century. It offers a feast of careful thinking about the linkages between the nation, politics, scholarship, and culture. (Mark C. Elliott, University of Michigan)

Sovereignty and Authenticity is a tour de force, covering and illuminating an astonishing amount of ground. By plunging in depth into the detail of Manchukuo, Duara elucidates the universal dilemmas of modernity. (Gavan McCormack, The Australian National University)

Duara's book ably explores the complexity of Manchukuo while providing us with a fruitful theoretical framework and useful tools for the broader comparative study of nationalism in the 20th century. (American Journal of Sociology)

This imaginative, rich, suggestive, and immensely erudite book offers much to ponder on the interconnected questions of nationalism and imperialism, sovereignty and authenticity, and the regional and global cultures of modernity. (Journal of Asian Studies)

An immensely rich and imaginative study of Japanese-controlled Manchuria. It makes an exciting and important contribution to our understanding of the complexity of Manchurian history, Japanese imperialism, and East Asian nationalism. (American Historical Review)

Prasenjit Duara . . . offers us a wholly original, path-breaking, and interdisciplinary approach to the geopolitical area of East Asia. . . . [His] book is an embodiment of a new imagination of the East Asian modern. (Journal of World History)

A bold, imaginative, and extraordinarily well-researched study. (Sheldon Garon, Princeton University)

About the Author

Prasenjit Duara is professor in the Department of History and professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.
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Product Details

  • Series: State & Society in East Asia
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742525775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742525771
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think most people will buy this book because they are assigned it for class, but if you happen to have an independent thirst for knowledge about the Japanese puppet state Manchukuo and its related international issues, avoid this book at all costs. It's an impenetrable thicket of big thorny paragraphs, swamps of sentences, academic buzzwords, crickets, etc. that rarely discusses any facts about Manchukuo. If you really *must* read it get it through interlibrary loan-- it's not a book you will want to look at twice.
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Sovereignty And Authenticity: Manchukuo And The East Asian Modern by Prasenjit Duara (Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago), is a technical and advanced study of imperialism, nationalism, modernity, tradition, government, and exploitation with an especial and illustrative focus on Manchukuo, the Japanese puppet state in northeast China that lasted from 1932 to 1945. Extensively researched and annotated, this critical and scholarly discourse delves both into the nuanced intricacies of history and the fascinating mass psychology mechanisms of society and government, Sovereignty And Authenticity is an impressive and strongly recommended work of World War II era history.
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