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Author Morris-Suzuki, Tessa, author.

Title On the frontiers of history : rethinking East Asian borders / by Tessa Morris-Suzuki
Published Acton, A.C.T. : Australian National University Press, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 236 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Global Thinkers Series
Global Thinkers series
Contents Introduction -- 1. Anti-area studies revisited -- 2. Mapping time and space -- 3. 'Tartary' in the reshaping of historical thought -- 4. Unthinking civilisation: an imbricated history of the Okhotsk region -- 5. The telescope and the tinderbox: rediscovering la Pérouse in the North Pacific -- 6. Lines in the snow: the making of the Russo-Japanese frontier -- 7. Indigeneity and modernity in Colonial Karafuto -- 8. Japan and its region: from Tartary to the emergence of the new area studies -- Concluding thoughts: on the value of small histories
Summary Why is it that we so readily accept the boundary lines drawn around nations or around regions like 'Asia' as though they were natural and self-evident, when in fact they are so mutable and often so very arbitrary? What happens to people not only when the borders they seek to cross become heavily guarded, but also when new borders are drawn straight through the middle of their lives? The essays in this book address these questions by starting from small places on the borderlands of East Asia and looking outwards from the small towards the large, asking what these 'minor pasts' tell us about the grand narratives of history. In the process, it takes the reader on a journey from Renaissance European visions of 'Tartary', through nineteenth-century racial theorising, imperial cartography and indigenous experiences of modernity, to contemporary debates about Big History in an age of environmental crisis
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Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Russia (Federation) -- Sakhalin (Sakhalinskai︠a︡ oblastʹ) -- Influence
Diplomatic relations
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Japan -- Boundaries -- Russia (Federation)
Japan -- Foreign relations -- Russia (Federation)
Russia (Federation) -- Boundaries -- Japan
Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations -- Japan
Sakhalin (Sakhalinskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia) -- History
Russia (Federation)
Russia (Federation) -- Sakhalin (Sakhalinskai︠a︡ oblastʹ)
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Australian National University Press.
ISBN 1760463701