H-US-Japan: Book Announcement-The Limits of Westernization

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28 August 2018

Subject: Member's book announcement: The Limits of Westernization



Dr. Jon Davidann, professor of history at Hawai’i Pacific University, has published a new book. Entitled The Limits of Westernization: American and East Asian Intellectuals Create Modernity, 1860-1960, the book compares modernization in the United States, Japan, and China. Analyzing the sources of thought, intellectual contacts, and influence of Fukuzawa Yukichi, Liang Qichao, John Dewey, Charles Beard and many others, this volume argues East Asians combined their own ideas with western concepts in modernizing in the twentieth century. The book helps to explain the strength and dynamism of the Asia-Pacific region today.


What other scholars are saying about the book:


  1. “The book is a seminal work that recalibrates an established narrative of modernity, the West as teacher and the East as pupil.” – Prof. Dr. Andreas Niehaus, Head, Department Languages and Cultures, Ghent University
  2. “A thoughtful and timely book!” – Emily Rosenberg, Professor Emerita, University of California, Irvine, author of Transnational Currents in a Shrinking World (2014)
  3. “. . . essential reading for scholars and students of this turbulent era in world history.” – Michael Adas, Abraham E. Voorhees Professor Emeritus of History and Board of Governors' Chair, Rutgers University
  4. “. . . details links in ideas across the Pacific, yet shows that East Asian thinkers led in building the versions of modernity that yielded divergent trajectories for China, Japan, and the U.S.” Patrick Manning, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History, Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh
  5. “Jon Thares Davidann forces a course correction in modernity studies with his insightful new book . . .” – Prof. James I. Matray, California State University, Chico
  6. “In this groundbreaking book, Davidann dismantles well-worn assumptions about the uniqueness of Western modernity.” - Prof. Rick Warner, Wabash College, President, World History Association, 2016-2017
  7. “ . . . significantly expands our understanding of the modern world on both sides of the Pacific.” Prof. Joseph M. Henning, Undergraduate Program Director, International and Global Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology
  8. “A very ambitious and important contribution to transpacific intellectual history.” Prof. Hiroo Nakajima, Osaka University

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Free Sample here: Free sample of preface and introduction