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At the core of this book is a seemingly simple question: What is Asia? In search of common historical roots, traditions and visions of political-cultural integration, first Japanese, then Chinese, Korean and Indian intellectuals, politicians and writers understood Asianisms as an umbrella for all conceptions, imaginations and processes which emphasized commonalities or common interests among different Asian regions and nations. This book investigates the multifarious discursive and material constructions of Asia within the region and in the West. It reconstructs regional constellations, intersections and relations in their national, transnational and global contexts. Moving far beyond the more well-known Japanese Pan-Asianism of the first half of the twentieth century, the chapters investigate visions of Asia that have sought to provide common meanings and political projects in efforts to trace, and construct, Asia as a united and common space of interaction. By tracing the imagination of civil society actors throughout Asia, the volume leaves behind state-centered approaches to regional integration and uncovers the richness and depth of complex identities within a large and culturally heterogeneous space.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. Marc Frey and Nicola Spakowski
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. “The Empire of Righteousness”: Anagarika Dharmapala and His Vision of Buddhist Asianism (c. 1900)
  2. Maria Moritz
  3. pp. 19-48
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  1. 3. Compass Points: Four Indian Cartographies of Asia, c. 1930-55
  2. Carolien Stolte
  3. pp. 49-74
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  1. 4. Uniting the East via Western Amateur Sports Values: Asian Integration, the Olympic Ideal and the Far Eastern Championship Games
  2. pp. 75-98
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  1. 5. Missiology and Pan-Asia
  2. Tani Barlow
  3. pp. 99-133
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  1. 6. “America’s Asia?” Revolution, Scholarship and Asian Studies
  2. Fabio Lanza
  3. pp. 134-155
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  1. 7. Asianisms from Below: Japanese Civil Society and Visions of Asian Integration from the Late 20th to the 21st Century
  2. Tessa Morris-Suzuki
  3. pp. 156-180
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  1. 8. Coming to Terms with Asianism: Historical Reconciliation and Asianist History Politics in Contemporary China and Japan
  2. Torsten Weber
  3. pp. 181-208
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  1. 9. Asia as Future: The Claims and Rhetoric of an Asian Century
  2. Nicola Spakowski
  3. pp. 209-236
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-267
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 268-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-282
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