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Modernity and National Identity in the United States and East Asia
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Chin considers how the United States’, China’s, and Japan’s understandings of modernity shaped, and were shaped by, notions of their place in the world. Drawing on multinational archival and published primary sources, Chin highlights Americans’ ambivalence about their nation’s role in the world, China’s struggle to adapt its worldview to the realities of modern international relations, and the increasingly uneasy relationship between the United States and Japan.

Filling a major gap in the literature, Modernity and National Identity in the United States and East Asia, 1895–1919 is a comprehensive, thought-provoking intellectual history of American, Chinese, and Japanese thinking on modernity, national identity, and internationalism during the early twentieth century. Those with an interest in U.S. foreign relations, women’s and gender history, and U.S.-Asian relations will find this an innovative and fascinating title.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. p. vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. viii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. x-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. Part I: Ideas and the Making of Identity
  2. pp. 20-82
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  1. 1: Civilization and National Identity
  2. pp. 21-43
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  1. 2: Modernity and Empire
  2. pp. 44-82
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  1. Part II: Women and Constructions of Modernity
  2. pp. 83-136
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  1. 3: Beneficent Imperialists
  2. pp. 83-103
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  1. 4: Chinese Modernity and the “New Woman”
  2. pp. 104-136
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  1. Part III: Modernity and Identity in the Global Arena
  2. pp. 137-183
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  1. 5: Nationalism and Internationalism
  2. pp. 137-167
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  1. 6: Power and National Identity in Wartime
  2. pp. 168-183
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 185-189
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 191-228
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 229-251
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-260
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