Modern East Asia: An Integrated History by Jonathan N. LipmanModern East Asia: An Integrated History by Jonathan N. Lipman

Modern East Asia: An Integrated History

byJonathan N. Lipman, Barbara A. Molony, Michael A. Robinson

Paperback | July 1, 2011

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Places the histories of Japan, China and Korea in a global as well as regional perspective.


Modern East Asia details the history of the region while recognizing the intellectual, religious, artistic, economic and scientific contributions East Asians have made to the contemporary world. The three national narratives of China, Japan and Korea are told separately within each chapter, and the text emphasizes connections among them as well as the unique evolution of each society, allowing readers to experience the individual countries' histories as well as the region's history as a whole.


The text takes into consideration the radical changes in the field of history in the past 40 years, as the authors have incorporated scholarship in areas such as gender studies, social history and minority histories. While reading social, economic and personal histories, students will uncover the evolution of family structures, peripheral and outcast communities, the sociopolitical power of language and literature, the rise of nationalism and regional trading networks. Attention is also paid to environmental and diplomatic themes.


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Jonathan N. Lipman is the Felicia Gressitt Bock professor of Asian studies and professor of history at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Lipman specializes in the study of Islam and Muslims in China, however he covers all of East Asia in his courses. He is the author of Familiar Strangers: A History of Muslims in N...
Title:Modern East Asia: An Integrated HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 10.2 × 8.2 × 0.8 inPublished:July 1, 2011Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents




Chapter 1: Lands and Languages of East Asia



North China                        

Central China                      

Southern China                   

North of China                    

West of China                     

South and Southeast of China         




Speech and Writing               

Vocabulary and Local
Written Forms                   

Pronunciation, Phonetics, and Romanization  






Chapter 2: MIng China, Choson Korea, and Warring States Japan in 1600

World Context               

Chinese Society and Culture in the Late Ming          


Neo-Confucianism and the Ideal of Self-Cultivation  

Individuals and Families, Ideals and Realities 

Women’s Lives                     

Native Place                         

Food and Hobbies                


Orthodoxy, Meritocracy, and the Examination System          

Hai Rui Rebukes His Lord

Time and the Cosmos            

Agriculture and Commerce    

Land and Population             

Frontiers, Defense, and Diversity      

Being Chinese                       

Korea under the ChosOn Kings    

The Yangban Ruling Class    

Ms. Kim hangs herself     

Examinations and the Limited Power of a Centralized State   

Land, Slaves, and Commoners         

Tribute and Invasion              

The Origins of Tokugawa Japan   

The International Context      

The End of the Warring States Period           

Hideyoshi’s Pacification         

Hosokawa Gracia Tama  

The Road to Sekigahara        




Chapter 3: The Seventeenth Century

World Context               

Dynastic Upheaval and a New Ruling Elite    

The End of the Ming              

The Rise of the Manchus       

The Conquest of Ming           

The Xu Brothers, Scholars of the Early Qing 

Empire-Building under the Kangxi Emperor  

State, Society, and the Intellectual Elite in the Early Qing       


Tax Reform and the Economy          

Farmers, Rice, and the Commercialization of Agriculture       

International Trade                

Kim Manjung               

Cultural Growth and Criticism

Japan in the Seventeenth Century: Consolidating the Realm

The Tokugawa and the DaimyM       

The Tokugawa Regime and the World          

Economic Growth and Social and Environmental Change      

Culture and Society               

Ihara Saikaku             




Chapter 4: The Eighteenth Century

World Context               

The High Qing: Triumph and the Sources of Decline           

Population Growth and the Qing Economy   

Social Transformation and the Status of Women       

Shen Fu and Chen Yun, A Qing Love Story 

Manchus and Political Power 

The Late Kangxi Period        

Fiscal Reform and Yongzheng Period Economics      

The Qianlong Emperor          

Ending the Nomadic Threat and Creating “China”     

Intellectual Life and the Literary Inquisition

Corruption and Rebellion in the Late Qianlong Period           

The High Qing and the Europeans    

ChosOn in the Eighteenth Century         

Economic Growth and Commercialization     

The Yangban Puzzle             

State and Countryside           

A Tragedy at Court

Relations with Qing               

Domesticating Letters and Arts         

The Coming of “Western Learning”  

The Early Modern Transition in Tokugawa Japan 

Japan in the Eighteenth-Century World         

Scholars and Artists              

Molding Class, Status, and Gender   

Ema SaikM                      

Demographic Changes in the Eighteenth Century       

The Blossoming of Intellectual Diversity        




Chapter 5: Internal Contradictions, External Pressures (1800—1860S)

World Context               

The Qing in Decline       

End of an Era                        

Social Problems and Statecraft Solutions      

Frontier Wars by Land          

A Loyal Man of Qing          

Frontier Wars by Sea            

Mapping the World               

Imagining Other Worlds        

Shaking the Foundations        


An End to Slavery                 

Practical Learning in a Changing World          

The Escalation of Rural Resistance   

From Factional to Consort Politics   

Eastern and Western Learning          

The “Disturbances” of 1866  

Japan on the Eve of Modernity     

The Cultural Scene, 1795—1853       

Economic Crises                   

Japan in the New Diplomatic Scene  

Nakahama ManjirM

The End of the Tokugawa Regime    






Chapter 6: Traditionalist Reforms and the Origins of Modernity (1860S–1895)

World Context               

Japan’s Meiji Transformation       

Fukuzawa Yukichi    

Drafting the Blueprints for the New Order    

Implementing the Charter Oath: Constructing a New Nation  

The New Japanese Subject   

Planting the Seeds for Economic Modernity  

Japan’s International Position and the Iwakura Mission         

Reactionary Samurai, Progressive Reformers, and the Oligarchs        

Religion, Culture, and Arts     

Japan in the Late Nineteenth-Century World

Qing Restoration
and Reform                       

Defeating the Taipings           

The Other Domestic Rebels   

New Troubles in the Northwest        

Wang Tao, A Confucian Christian Journalist-Reformer  

Foreign Studies and the First Hundred          

Self-Strengthening and Foreign Affairs          

Social Change                       

The Great Shock of 1895


The “Opening” of Korea to Foreign Trade

The Early Self-Strengthening Movement       

The Kapsin Coup of 1884     

Yun Ch’iho                     

Qing Influence and Interference        

The Sino-Japanese War and the Kabo Reform, 1894—5       







Chapter 7: Meiji Japan Rises, Qing and Choson Fall, 1895-1912

World Context               


From Farms to Factories and Mines 

GotM Shinpei, Modernist and Imperialist           

Japan and the World             

Politics, Rights, and Citizenship

The End of the Qing  222

Responses to the 1895 Defeat          

Reformers and Revolutionaries         

Kang Youwei and the Hundred Days of 1898          

“Support the Qing and Annihilate the Foreigners”      

Too Much, Too Late: “New Government” and Qing Reformism        

Free the Mind and the Feet: Women and Chinese Nationalism          

Qiu Jin, Revolutionary Heroine        

Toppling Heaven: The 1911 Revolution and the End of Imperial China          


The Independence Club and Nationalist Reaction     

Expansion of the Public Sphere        

The Korean Enlightenment and the Origins of Korean Nationalism    

Sin Ch’aeho, Nationalist Historian 

The Russo-Japanese War and the Reemergence of Japanese Power 

The Japanese Protectorate    

Annexation and Descent into Colonial Status            







Chapter 8: Triumphs, Revolutions, and Hard Times (1910-31)

World Context               

Japan: Democracy and Empire        

Japan’s Expansion during World War I        

From World War I to the Earthquake: 1918—23       

From Reconstruction to the Manchurian Incident: 1923—31   

Ichikawa Fusae          

China: Warlords and New Culture         

Yuan Shikai, Militarism, and Imperialism       

Public Intellectuals: The New Culture Movement      

The May Fourth Movement   

Lu Xun, Mirror for Modern China  

The Family Broken, the People Gone           

The Rise of Political-Military Parties

Economics in the 1920s        

Centralization and Its Discontents     

Colonial Korea              

The Governor-General and the Colonial State           

Land and the Survey of 1911—18     

Cultural Control, Political Repression, and the Ideology of Empire, 1910—19 

The March First Movement and Japanese Reforms   

The Cultural Policy and Nationalist Renaissance        

Cultural Nationalism and Literary Activity     

Yi Kwangsu                   







Chapter 9: The FIfteen-Year War and Anti-Japanese War of Resistance (1931-45)

World Context               

Japan at War                    

The Manchurian Incident       

Domestic Politics and Economics     

The 2-26 Incident                 

The Second Sino-Japanese War, 1937—45  

Yamamoto Isoroku 

The Road to Pearl Harbor     

The Pacific War on the Battlefield

The War at Home                 

Creating Two Chinas 293

Nation-Building in the Nanjing Decade         

Communists in Power: The Jiangxi Soviet     

Defeat and Retreat                

Yan’an, Xi’an, and the Second United Front            

Invasion and All-Out War, 1937—38

Feng Zikai, Buddhist Cartoonist       

The Long Wars of Resistance, 1938—45       


Colonial Development and War Mobilization

Manchuria, Korea, and Developmental Colonialism  

The Great Depression, Tenancy, and Rural Misery   

Nationalist Resistance

The Anti-Japanese Guerrillas in Manzhouguo, 1937—45        

Colonial Modernity, Urbanization, and Mass Culture in Korea          

Modern Women                   

Na HyesOk                      

Forced Assimilation and War Mobilization    

Comfort Women and the End of Japanese Rule        




Korea’s Population Hemorrhage      



Chapter 10: Occupations, Settlements, and Divisions (1945-53)

World Context               


Japanese Surrender, the CPKI, and the Korean People’s Republic   

YO UnhyOng                  

The Reoccupation of Korea  

The Evolution of Separate States

The Road to Civil War          

The Korean War                   


Conditions at War’s End       

The Marshall Mission and Peacemaking       

Zhang Junmai, Confucian Cosmopolitan 

Large-Scale Civil War           

Preparing Taiwan                  

The PRC and Its Frontiers     

Land Reform                         

International Relations and the Korean War  

Social Mobilization

The Occupation of Japan      

The Winter of 1945—46         

The American Occupation     

Kurosawa Akira, Filmmaker   

The End of the Occupation and the Beginning of Recovery    







Chapter 11: Reconstruction and Divergent Development (1953- Late 1970s)

World Context               


Hukou, Danwei, and Mass Mobilization      

Socialist Economic Transformation   

“Identifying” China’s Ethnic Groups  

A Hundred Flowers              

Yue Daiyun, Ambivalent Maoist         

The Great Leap Forward      

Manmade Famine                 

A Frontier Debacle: The Tibetan Uprising     

Mao on the Margins              

The Great Proletarian
Cultural Revolution            

Détente and Changing the Guard     

The Other China                   

Japan: The Era of Double-Digit Growth 

Creation of the “1955 System”         

The Climate for Recovery      

Diverse and Conflicting Voices in the 1950s 

The 1960s and Income Doubling      

The Attainment of Wealth and the Rise of Discontent

Ienaga SaburM, crusading Historian         

The End of an Era                 

Nation-Building in the Koreas      

Authoritarian Patterns in South Korea: Syngman Rhee’s First Republic          

Political Consolidation in North Korea          

Rebuilding and North Korea’s Command Economy (1953—72)        

Import Substitution in South Korea, 1953—60           

The Second Republic and the 1961 Military Coup    

The Economic Transformation of South Korea         

The New Hermit Kingdom and the Cult of the Leader          

The Yusin Constitution and the Fourth Republic        

Kim Chi Ha, Dissident Poet         







Chapter 12: Social Trans-Formations and Economic Growth (Mid 1970s-Early 1990s

World Context               

China and Taiwan          

The Beginnings of Reform      

International Relations and War        

Handling Mao’s Legacy        

Economic Liberalization         

Inflation and Planned Inequality        

The “One Child” Policy         

Attacking “Bourgeois Liberalization” 

Intellectuals Under Reform    

Wang Ruoshui, Liberal Marxist Humanist          

The Road to Tiananmen        

Taiwan under the Guomindang         

A Watershed Decade for the Koreas      

The Violent Origins of the Fifth Republic       

The Kwangju Incident           

The Fifth Republic and Growing Opposition 

The Minjung Movement       

Marking Time in 1980s North Korea           

Democratization of South Korean Society    

Im Kwon-Taek, Award-Winning Director 

Labor Activism and Politics   

International Relations           

The 1992 Presidential Election         

The Rise of Japan’s Bubble Economy       

Japan in Asia                         

Trade Tensions with the United States          

Stock-Market and Real-Estate Bubbles       

The Era of National Confidence       

Social Change and Continuing National Concerns     

Politics in the Era of National Confidence     

Japanese Arts on the Global Stage   

Doi Takako, Political LeadeR 







Chapter 13: Globalization with East Asian Characteristics (Early 1990s-2010)

World Context               

Global Japan                    

New Directions in Politics      

The Traumatic 1990s            

The Koizumi Years and Beyond       

The End of LPD Government?         

Le KenzaburM, Nobel Laureate          

Japanese Arts and Culture on a Global Stage            

Korea at Century’s End: New Beginnings        

Settling Accounts and Democratization         

The Great Transformation: South Korean Society in the 1990s         

Isolation, Economic Failure, and Nuclear Politics in North Korea

The Great Famine                 

Kim Dae Jung, from Prison to Presidency           

The Asian Financial Crisis and its Aftermath  

The “Sunshine Policy” and Rapprochement with North Korea           

 The Two Koreas in the New Millennium       

The Reemergence of China and Taiwan 

Post-Tiananmen Foreign Relations and Trade           

Deng’s Last Years                

The PRC at the Millennium: Globalization and Domestic Control       

Religion and Falun Gong        

The Great Firewall and Transnational Diseases         

9/11 and the SCO                 

Hong Kong                           

Taiwan and the Politics of Reunification        

Zhang Ruimin, Legendary Entrepreneur

The 2008 Beijing Olympics   



North Korean Refugees        






Regional Connectivity            






Picture Credits                          

Editorial Reviews

“The scholarship is very soundly interpreted and up-to-date. Clear references to recent work shines through for the informed reader but in a way that the uninformed reader will not be bogged down by references… The narrative style is engaging and explains East Asian history far better than most other books out there.”                 -Ethan Segal, Michigan State University   “The three narratives are balanced and explain their connection with each other. I also like the fact that the authors changed the order of narratives between mostly China and Japan and sometimes begin with Korea. It helps an instructor to divide the time relatively evenly in their lecture of modern East Asian history.”                 -Yosuke Nirei, Indiana University, South Bend   “The greatest strengths of the book are its even treatment of Korea, Japan, and China. It is also effective at engaging important historiographical debates without losing its strong narrative thread.”                 -James Carter, Saint Joseph