Civilization and Empire: China and Japan's Encounter with by Shogo Suzuki

By Shogo Suzuki

This ebook seriously examines the effect of overseas Society on East Asia, and the way its makes an attempt to introduce ‘civilization’ to ‘barbarous’ polities contributed to clash among China and Japan.

Challenging latest works that experience offered the growth of (European) foreign Society as a revolutionary, linear procedure, this e-book contends that imperialism – in addition to an ideology premised on ‘civilising’ ‘barbarous’ peoples – performed a primary function in its old improvement. contemplating how those components of foreign Society affected China and Japan’s access into it, Shogo Suzuki contends that such states envisaged a Janus-faced foreign Society, which at the same time aimed for cooperative family between its ‘civilized’ individuals and for the advent of ‘civilization’ in the direction of non-European polities, frequently by way of coercive skill. via analyzing the advanced method wherein China and Japan engaged with this dualism, this booklet highlights a darker part of China and Japan’s socialization into overseas Society which prior stories have did not acknowledge.

Drawing on chinese language and eastern basic resources seldom used in diplomacy, this e-book makes a compelling case for revising our understandings of foreign Society and its enlargement. This publication could be of robust curiosity to scholars and researcher of diplomacy, overseas historical past, eu reviews and Asian Studies.

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48 With regard to the expansion of European International Society, Hedley Bull was keenly aware of the connection between imperialism and the expansion of the Society, stating that the trading relations between the European and non-European states prior to the age of imperialism failed to facilitate the entry of the latter into the European society of states. 49 Furthermore, scholars associated with the English School have forwarded some accounts of how European International Society interacted with the non-European world, and these provide compelling evidence that point to a dualistic International Society.

10 Here, the metamorphosis of Japan after its entry into the Society is examined almost exclusively in terms of domestic modernization, the adoption of European diplomatic practices and international law, and Japan’s participation in international conferences. 11 Their accounts of non-European states’ entry into European International Society again concentrate on the process of China’s modernization, particularly the adoption of modern diplomacy, international law and the political structures of Western states.

Furthermore, while it is certainly true that the reproduction of the institutions of European International Society has taken place, the process was not a simple one. There exists a distinct (and underexplored) possibility that the motives behind establishing these institutions in non-European polities may have been quite different. The norms and rules which governed the Socialization into International Society 17 institutions of international society had their origins in Europe. International law gained recognition by the nineteenth century, while the concept of maintaining a balance of power (as a conscious policy) and the diplomatic system came into being through the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 and the Congress of Vienna in 1815, respectively.

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