Religion and the Making of Modern East Asia

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Religion and the Making of Modern East Asia

By Thomas David DuBois

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Religious ideas and actors have shaped Asian cultural practices for millennia and have played a decisive role in charting the course of its history. In this engaging and informative book, Thomas David DuBois sets out to explain how religion has influenced the political, social, and economic transformation of Asia from the fourteenth century to the present. Crossing a broad terrain from Tokyo to Tibet, the book highlights long-term trends and key moments, such as the expulsion of Catholic missionaries from Japan, or the Taiping Rebellion in China, when religion dramatically transformed the political fate of a nation. Contemporary chapters reflect on the wartime deification of the Japanese emperor, Marxism as religion, the persecution of the Dalai Lama, and the fate of Asian religion in a globalized world.

Subject: Social Sciences -> History -> Asian History

Religion and the Making of Modern East Asia
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 4/18/11
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1139064088
ISBN 13: 9781139064088
Print ISBN: 9781107008090

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