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This index presents a list of terms that occur in this book The Challenge of Linear Time: Nationhood and the Politics of History in East Asia. The book congeals around a debate about the ways and extent of the dominance of linear time and progressive history and the concomitant delineation of the nation in Chinese and Japanese historiography. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Chinese and Japanese regimes implemented a number of reforms, which resulted in transformations that affected everyday experience. The Meiji and late Qing governments radically re-oriented policies in order to become wealthy and powerful in the global arena. Increased commodification and international trade, the acceptance of international law in the form of signing treaties, along with the circulation of new ideas due to educational reform are the issues covered in the book.

Keywords: Chinese historiography; East Asia; Japanese historiography; linear time; Meiji government; Qing government



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