Pan-Asianism: A Documentary History, 1850-1920

Pan-Asianism: A Documentary History, 1850-1920


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This first volume in a two-volume set provides the only comprehensive, Western-language history of Pan-Asianism through primary sources and commentaries. The book argues that Pan-Asianism, often—though unfairly—associated with the Yellow Peril, has been a powerful political and ideological force in modern Asia. It has shaped national identities and strongly influenced the development of international relations across Asia and the Pacific. Scholars have long recognized the importance of Pan-Asianism as an ideal of Asian solidarity, regional cooperation, and integration but also as an ideology that justified imperialist expansion and military aggression. Yet sustained research has been hampered by the difficulty of accessing primary sources.

Thoroughly remedying this problem, this unique sourcebook provides a wealth of documents on Pan-Asianism from 1850 to 1920, many translated for the first time from Asian languages. All sources are accompanied by expert commentaries that provide essential background information. Providing an essential overview of Pan-Asianism as it developed throughout modern Asia, this collection will be an indispensable tool for scholars in history, political science, international relations, and sociology. Its accessible presentation makes it a valuable resource for non-specialists as well.

Contributions by: Cemil Aydin, Yuan P. Cai, Peter Duus, Selçuk Esenbel, Jing He, Eri Hotta, Joël Joos, Kim Bongjin, Kyu Hyun Kim, Eun-jeung Lee, Matsuda Koichiro, Marc Andre Matten, Sven Saaler, Michael A. Schneider, Alistair Swale, Christopher W. A. Szpilman, Brij Tankha, Renée Worringer, and Urs Matthias Zachmann.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810895386
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: Asia/Pacific/Perspectives Series , #1
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.01(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

Sven Saaler is professor of modern Japanese history at Sophia University, Tokyo.
Christopher W. A. Szpilman is professor of modern Japanese history  at Teikyo University, Tokyo.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Emergence of Pan-Asianism as an Ideal of Asian Identity and Solidarity, 1850–2008
Sven Saaler and Christopher W. A. Szpilman
Part I: The Dawn of Pan-Asianism, 1850–1900
Chapter 1: The Concept of "Asia" before Pan-Asianism
Matsuda Koichiro
Chapter 2: The Foundation Manifesto of the Koakai (Raising Asia Society) and the Ajia Kyokai (Asia Association), 1880–1883
Urs Matthias Zachmann
Chapter 3: The Genyosha (1881) and Premodern Roots of Japanese Expansionism
Joël Joos
Chapter 4: Koa—Raising Asia: Arao Sei and Inoue Masaji
Michael A. Schneider
Chapter 5: Tarui Tokichi’s Arguments on Behalf of the Union of the Great East, 1893
Kyu Hyun Kim
Chapter 6: Konoe Atsumaro and the Idea of an Alliance of the Yellow Race, 1898
Urs Matthias Zachmann
Chapter 7: Okakura Tenshin: "Asia Is One," 1903
Brij Tankha
Chapter 8: Okakura Tenshin and Pan-Asianism, 1903–1906
Jing He
Part II: The Era of Imperialism and Pan-Asianism in Japan, 1900–1914
Chapter 9: The Foundation Manifesto of the Toa Dobunkai (East Asian Common Culture Society), 1898
Urs Matthias Zachmann
Chapter 10: The Kokuryukai, 1901–1920
Sven Saaler
Chapter 11: Miyazaki Toten’s Pan-Asianism, 1915–1919
Christopher W. A. Szpilman
Chapter 12: Pan-Asianism, the "Yellow Peril," and Suematsu Kencho, 1905
Sven Saaler
Chapter 13: Hatano Uho: Asia in Danger, 1912
Renée Worringer
Chapter 14: Nagai Ryutaro: "The White Peril," 1913
Peter Duus
Part III: Asian Responses to Imperialism and Japanese Pan-Asianism, 1900–1922
Chapter 15: So Chaep'il: Editorials from Tongnip Sinmun (The Independent), 1898–1899
Kim Bongjin
Chapter 16: Zhang Taiyan and the Asiatic Humanitarian Brotherhood, 1907
Yuan P. Cai
Chapter 17: Aurobindo Ghose: "The Logic of Asia," 1908–1909
Brij Tankha
Chapter 18: Sin Ch'ae-ho: "A Critique of Easternism," 1909
Kim Bongjin
Chapter 19: Abdürresid Ibrahim: "The World of Islam and the Spread of Islam in Japan," 1910
Selçuk Esenbel
Chapter 20: An Chung-gun: "A Discourse on Peace in East Asia," 1910
Eun-jeung Lee
Chapter 21: Benoy Kumar Sarkar: The Asia of the Folk, 1916
Brij Tankha
Chapter 22: Li Dazhao: "Greater Asianism and New Asianism," 1919
Marc Andre Matten
Chapter 23: Kurban Ali and the Tatar Community in Japan, 1922
Selçuk Esenbel
Chapter 24: Rash Behari Bose: The Indian Independence Movement and Japan
Eri Hotta
Part IV: The Breakdown of the Imperialist Order: World War I and Pan-Asianism, 1914–1920
Chapter 25: Germany, Sun Yat-sen and Pan-Asianism, 1917–1923
Sven Saaler
Chapter 26: Pan-Asianism during and after World War I: Kodera Kenkichi (1916),
Sawayanagi Masataro (1919), and Sugita Teiichi (1920)
Sven Saaler
Chapter 27: Kita Ikki: "An Unofficial History of the Chinese Revolution," 1915, and "The Outline of a Plan for the Reconstruction of Japan," 1919
Christopher W. A. Szpilman
Chapter 28: Tokutomi Soho and the "Asiatic Monroe Doctrine," 1917
Alistair Swale
Chapter 29: Paul Richard: To Japan, 1917, and The Dawn over Asia, 1920
Christopher W. A. Szpilman
Chapter 30: Kita Reikichi: "Misunderstood Asianism" and "The Great Mission of Our Country," 1917
Christopher W. A. Szpilman
Chapter 31: Taraknath Das: Pan-Asian Solidarity as a "Realist" Grand Strategy, 1917–1918
Cemil Aydin
Chapter 32: Konoe Fumimaro: "A Call to Reject the Anglo-American Centered Peace," 1918
Eri Hotta

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