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Religion and the Making of Modern East Asia

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Part of New Approaches to Asian History

  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107008090

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  • Religious ideas and actors have shaped Asian cultural practices for millennia, and have played a decisive role in charting the course of its history. In this engaging and informative book, Thomas David DuBois sets out to explain how religion has influenced the political, social, and economic transformation of Asia from the fourteenth century to the present day. Crossing a broad terrain from Tokyo to Tibet, the book highlights long-term trends and key moments, such as the expulsion of Catholic missionaries from Japan, or the Taiping Rebellion in China, when religion dramatically transformed the political fate of a nation. Contemporary chapters reflect on the wartime deification of the Japanese emperor, Marxism as religion, the persecution of the Dalai Lama, and the fate of Asian religion in a globalized world.

    • Spanning seven centuries, this book shows how religious ideas, actors and conflicts shaped the course of history and social change in China and Japan
    • Provides the background for understanding different religions, how they arrived in Asia and how they evolved and became part of the fabric of Asian society
    • An engaging, informative account based on the author's teaching course and designed for students and non-experts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "DuBois provides a fresh look at East Asian history that establishes religion’s rightful place therein for a broader audience. His study is highly informative and provides intriguing and insightful details for both specialists and non-specialists."
    Thoralf Klein, Journal of Chinese Religions

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107008090
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 7 maps 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. In the beginning: religion and history
    2. Ming China: the fourteenth-century's new world order
    3. The Buddha and the shogun in sixteenth-century Japan
    4. Opportunities lost: the failure of Christianity, 1550–1750
    5. Buddhism: incarnations and reincarnations
    6. Apocalypse now
    7. Out of the twilight: religion and the late nineteenth century
    8. Into the abyss: religion and the road to disaster during the early twentieth century
    9. Brave new world: religion in the reinvention of postwar Asia
    10. The globalization of Asian religion.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Asia in Comparative Perspective
    • Asia in the World I and ll
    • East Asia Society
    • History East and West
    • History of Religion in China
    • History of World Religions
    • Jeffrey Newmark
    • Religion and Culture in East Asia
    • Religion and Science in Modern East Asia
    • Religions of China and Japan
    • Religions of East Asia
    • The Modern Transformation of East Asia
    • Transnational Asia
  • Author

    Thomas David DuBois, National University of Singapore
    Thomas David DuBois is Associate Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of Sacred Village: Social Change and Religious Life in Rural North China (2005) and the editor of Casting Faiths: Imperialism and the Transformation of Religion in East and Southeast Asia (2009).

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