Tributary System, Global Capitalism and the Meaning of Asia in Late Qing China

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Title: Tributary System, Global Capitalism and the Meaning of Asia in Late Qing China
Authors: Ren, Zhijun
Date: 2012
Abstract: At the turn of the nineteenth century, global capitalism has introduced an unprecedented phenomenon: the reorientation of temporality and spatiality. Capitalist temporality and global space allowed Asian intellectuals to imagine, for the first time, a synchronized globe, where Asia became consciously worldly. Asian intellectuals began to reinterpret the indigenous categories such as the tributary system in order to make sense of the regionalization of Asia in the capitalist world system. The unity of Asian countries formed an alliance which resisted the homogeneity and universality claimed by European hegemony. Along with the revival of the Asian ideal, the tributary system was reimagined as the incarnation of Asian heterogeneity, a source that could be utilized in the common struggle of resisting European hegemony. What the tributary system represented in the discourse of Asianism at the turn of the twentieth century, then, is a new possibility of relation between nation-states.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/23273
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-6006
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