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Author Tikhonov, V. M. (Vladimir Mikhaĭlovich), 1973-
Title Social Darwinism and Nationalism in Korea : the Beginnings (1880s-1910s) : "Survival" as an Ideology of Korean Modernity / by Vladimir Tikhonov.
Imprint Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.

Author Tikhonov, V. M. (Vladimir Mikhaĭlovich), 1973-
Series Brill's Korean studies library ; v. 2
Brill's Korean studies library ; v. 2.
Subject Social Darwinism -- Korea -- History.
Nationalism -- Korea -- History.
Korea -- Social policy.
Korea -- History -- 1864-1910.
Description 1 online resource (x, 255 pages).
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Introduction: Social Darwinism and the ambivalences of modernity -- Social Darwinist pioneers: the cases of Yu Kiljun and Yun Ch'iho -- Social Darwinism for the public: the Tongnip Sinmun (the Independent) and the popularization of Social Darwinism in the 1890s -- Salvation of the state and race: Social Darwinism at the dawn of the twentieth century -- Survival, God and Buddha: Social Darwinism in the Buddhist context -- Knowledge is strength: Social Darwinism in pre-colonial education -- Muscular nationalism at the dawn of the new century: Social Darwinism as an ideology of hegemonic masculinity -- Conclusion: the influences of Social Darwinism in Korea (1900s and after).
Summary This book deals with the influences Social Darwinism exerted upon Korea's modern ideologies in their formative period - especially nationalism - after its introduction to Korea in 1883 and before Korea's annexation by Japan in 1910. It shows that the belief in the "survival of the fittest" as the overarching cosmic and social principle constituted the main underpinning for the modernity discourses in Korea in the 1890s-1900s. Unlike the dominant ideology of traditional Korea, Neo-Confucianism, which was largely promoted by the scholar-official elite, Social Darwinism appealed to the modern intellectuals, but also to the entrepreneurs, providing the justification for their profit-seeking activities as part of the "national survival" project. As an ideology of Korea's nascent capitalism, Social Darwinism in Korea could, however, hardly be called a liberal creed: it clearly prioritized "national survival" over individual rights and interests. --Book Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9789004190139 (electronic bk.)
9004190139 (electronic bk.)
9789004185036 (print)
9004185038 (print)
OCLC # 682624613
Additional Format Print version: Tikhonov, V.M. (Vladimir Mikhaĭlovich). Social Darwinism and nationalism in Korea. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010 9789004185036 (DLC) 2010018297 (OCoLC)613645962


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