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Author DuBois, Thomas David, 1969-

Title Religion and the making of modern East Asia / Thomas David DuBois
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 259 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series New approaches to Asian history
New approaches to Asian history.
Contents 1. In the beginning : religion and history -- 2. Ming China : the fourteenth century's new world order -- 3. The Buddha and the shōgun 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
Summary "Religion and religious ideas have played a fundamental role in the shaping of Asian history, society, and cultural practices. In this engaging and informative book, Thomas David DuBois sets out to explain how religious traditions and philosophies in China and Japan have evolved and intersected since the birth of Confucianism in China and the arrival of Buddhism in Japan. Crossing a broad terrain from Tokyo to Tibet, the book concentrates on the post-fourteenth century, when the long-lasting political dynasties that transformed the political, social, and economic institutions of both countries came into being. It is these connections that the author is keen to highlight, and he does so to effect by using key moments, such as the Taiping Uprising and the Boxer Rebellion, to underscore the importance of religion in transforming the course of Asian history. Contemporary chapters reflect on the wartime deification of the Japanese emperor, Marxism as religion, and the persecution of the Dalai Lama"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Buddhism -- Japan -- History.
Confucianism -- China -- History.
China -- Religion.
Japan -- Religion.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010040091
ISBN 0511977077 (electronic bk.)
1139078860 (electronic bk.)
9780511977077 (electronic bk.)
9781139078863 (electronic bk.)