Peace in the East: An Chunggun's Vision for Asia in the Age of Japanese Imperialism

Peace in the East: An Chunggun's Vision for Asia in the Age of Japanese Imperialism


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On October 26, 1909, the Korean patriot An Chunggŭn assassinated the Japanese statesman Itō Hirobumi in Harbin, China. More than a century later, the ramifications of An's daring act continue to reverberate across East Asia and beyond. This volume explores the abiding significance of An, his life, and his written work, most notably On Peace in the East (Tongyang p'yŏnghwaron), from a variety of perspectives, especially historical, legal, literary, philosophical, and political. The ways in which An has been understood and interpreted by contemporaries, by later generations, and by scholars and thinkers even today shed light on a range of significant issues including the intellectual and philosophical underpinnings for both imperial expansion and resistance to it; the ongoing debate concerning whether violence, or even terrorism, is ever justified; and the possibilities for international cooperation in today's East Asia as a regional collective. Students and scholars of East Asia will find much to engage with and learn from in this volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498566421
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Series: AsiaWorld Series
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Yi Tae-Jin is professor emeritus of Korean history at Seoul National University.

Eugene Y. Park is Korea Foundation associate professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kirk W. Larsen is associate professor of history at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

Preface, Yi Tae-Jin, Eugene Y. Park, and Kirk W. Larsen
Introduction, Yi Tae-Jin, Eugene Y. Park, and Kirk W. Larsen
Chapter 1: Japanese Expansion in East Asia and An Chunggŭn’s Peace in the East, Xu Yong
Chapter 2: An Chunggŭn and the Genealogy of Modern Korea’s Discourse on Peace in the East, Suh Young-Hee
Chapter 3: Visions of Violence, Dreams of Peace: Religion, Race, and Nation in An Chunggŭn’s On Peace in the East, Franklin D. Rausch
Chapter 4: The An Chunggŭn Trial and Peace in the East: The Effect of the 1905 “Japan–Korea Protectorate Treaty” on International Relations, Totsuka Etsuro
Chapter 5: An Chunggŭn and the Political Philosophy of Immanuel Kant, Sasagawa Norikatsu
Chapter 6: Three Images of An Chunggŭn in Chinese Narratives, Wang Yuanzhou
Chapter 7: An Chunggŭn and Liang Qichao: Two Lights of Modern East Asia, Yi Tae-Jin
Chapter 8: The Philosophy and Possibilities of An Chunggŭn’s Unfinished On Peace in the East, Yamamuro Shin’ichi
Chapter 9: Contemporary Meanings of An Chunggŭn’s Peace in the East: A Pioneer of the New Concept of East Asian Community, Makino Eiji
Afterword, Frederick R. Dickinson

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