Lost Modernities: China, Vietnam, Korea, and the Hazards of World History (The Edwin O. Reischauer Lectures)

By Alexander Woodside

In Lost Modernities Alexander Woodside deals a probing revisionist evaluation of the bureaucratic politics of preindustrial China, Vietnam, and Korea. He specializes in the political and administrative concept of the 3 mandarinates and their lengthy experimentation with governments recruited partially via meritocratic civil provider examinations amazing for his or her obvious techniques.

The quest for merit-based paperwork stemmed from the concept strong politics may be verified in the course of the "development of people"--the education of individuals to be politically helpful. Centuries ahead of civil provider examinations emerged within the Western international, those 3 Asian nations have been basing bureaucratic development on examinations as well as patronage. however the evolution of the mandarinates can't be accommodated by means of our traditional timetables of what's "modern." The heritage of China, Vietnam, and Korea means that the clarification approaches we predict of as sleek may possibly take place independently of each other and break free such landmarks because the progress of capitalism or the commercial revolution.

A refined exam of Asian political traditions, either their achievements and the linked hazards, this ebook eliminates modernity from a regular Eurocentric realizing and gives a distinct new viewpoint at the transnational nature of Asian heritage and on international historic time.

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