Empire and the Meaning of Religion in Manchuria, 1900-1945

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Thomas DuBois
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , December
     260 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Manchuria entered the twentieth century as a neglected backwater of the dying Qing dynasty, and within a few short years became the focus of intense international rivalry to control its resources and shape its people. This book examines the place of religion in the development of Manchuria from the late nineteenth century to the collapse of the Japanese Empire in 1945. Religion was at the forefront in this period of intense competition, not just between armies but also among different models of legal, commercial, social and spiritual development, each of which imagining a very specific role for religion in the new society. Debates over religion in Manchuria extended far beyond the region, and shaped the personality of religion that we see today. This book is an ambitious contribution to the field of Asian history and to the understanding of the global meaning and practice of the role of religion.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 


Thomas David DuBois is a leading scholar of religion in East Asian history, and is the author of Religion and the Making of Modern East Asia (Cambridge, 2011) and Sacred Village: Social Change and Religious Life in Rural North China (2005). His work has been published in Arabic, Chinese and Russian translation.


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