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Author Woodside, Alexander,
Title Lost modernities : China, Vietnam, Korea, and the hazards of world history / Alexander Woodside.
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2006.

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Author Woodside, Alexander,
Series The Edwin O. Reischauer lectures
Edwin O. Reischauer lectures.
Subject Bureaucracy -- China -- History.
Bureaucracy -- Vietnam -- History.
Bureaucracy -- Korea -- History.
China -- Politics and government.
Vietnam -- Politics and government.
Korea -- Politics and government.
Description 1 online resource (142 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-133) and index.
Contents 1. Questioning Mandarins -- 2. Meritocracy's underworlds -- 3. Administrative welfare dreams -- 4. Mandarin management theorists?
Note Print version record.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Summary In Lost Modernities Alexander Woodside offers a probing revisionist overview of the bureaucratic politics of preindustrial China, Vietnam, and Korea. He focuses on the political and administrative theory of the three mandarinates and their long experimentation with governments recruited in part through meritocratic civil service examinations remarkable for their transparent procedures. The quest for merit-based bureaucracy stemmed from the idea that good politics could be established through the "development of people"--The training of people to be politically useful. Centuries before civil service examinations emerged in the Western world, these three Asian countries were basing bureaucratic advancement on examinations in addition to patronage. But the evolution of the mandarinates cannot be accommodated by our usual timetables of what is "modern." The history of China, Vietnam, and Korea suggests that the rationalization processes we think of as modern may occur independently of one another and separate from such landmarks as the growth of capitalism or the industrial revolution. A sophisticated examination of Asian political traditions, both their achievements and the associated risks, this book removes modernity from a standard Eurocentric understanding and offers a unique new perspective on the transnational nature of Asian history and on global historical time.
Note In English.
ISBN 9780674045347 (electronic bk.)
0674045343 (electronic bk.)
0674022173 (alk. paper)
9780674022171 (alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 10.4159/9780674045347
OCLC # 646678933
Additional Format Print version: Woodside, Alexander. Lost modernities. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006 0674022173 (DLC) 2005056710 (OCoLC)62697180

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