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The Other Great Game Sheila Miyoshi Jager

The Other Great Game By Sheila Miyoshi Jager

The Other Great Game by Sheila Miyoshi Jager

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Sheila Miyoshi Jager returns to the three-cornered contest among imperial Russia, China, and Japan over the Korean Peninsula. The battle to colonize Korea upended East Asian geopolitics, set great-power conflicts of the twentieth century in motion, and seeded internal rivalries that persist in the peninsula's division between North and South.

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The Other Great Game: The Opening of Korea and the Birth of Modern East Asia by Sheila Miyoshi Jager

A dramatic new telling of the dawn of modern East Asia, placing Korea at the center of a transformed world order wrought by imperial greed and devastating wars.

In the nineteenth century, Russia participated in two great games: one, well known, pitted the tsar's empire against Britain in Central Asia. The other, hitherto unrecognized but no less significant, saw Russia, China, and Japan vying for domination of the Korean Peninsula. In this eye-opening account, brought to life in lucid narrative prose, Sheila Miyoshi Jager argues that the contest over Korea, driven both by Korean domestic disputes and by great-power rivalry, set the course for the future of East Asia and the larger global order.

When Russia's eastward expansion brought it to the Korean border, an impoverished but strategically located nation was wrested from centuries of isolation. Korea became a prize of two major imperial conflicts: the Sino-Japanese War at the close of the nineteenth century and the Russo-Japanese War at the beginning of the twentieth. Japan's victories in the battle for Korea not only earned the Meiji regime its yearned-for colony but also dislodged Imperial China from centuries of regional supremacy. And the fate of the declining tsarist empire was sealed by its surprising military defeat, even as the United States and Britain sized up the new Japanese challenger.

A vivid story of two geopolitical earthquakes sharing Korea as their epicenter, The Other Great Game rewrites the script of twentieth-century rivalry in the Pacific and enriches our understanding of contemporary global affairs, from the origins of Korea's bifurcated identity-a legacy of internal politics amid the imperial squabble-to China's irredentist territorial ambitions and Russia's nostalgic dreams of recovering great-power status.

The Other Great Game Reviews

The Other Great Game charts the question of Korea's place in Asia from the 1850s up to 1910, a 60-year period that saw several wars and a series of more minor conflicts and uprisings...The book is detailed, handling well a rotating sequence of negotiations and negotiators, alongside troop movements and strategic blunders. -- Ian Rapley * Asian Review of Books *
Ambitious and wide-ranging...A comprehensive and illuminating history of northeast Asia at a time of tremendous change. -- Martin Laflamme * Japan Times *
It is a story...of suspense, high stakes, and sheer intrigue, and one that has as grave implications for the geopolitics of this decade as its namesake had for the geopolitics of the 1980s. -- Alex Zutt * Law & Liberty *
A monumental achievement. Recounting the story of China's decline in East Asia, Jager provides a definitive reference for the diplomatic machinations of the great-power conflict in the late nineteenth century. This is narrative historical writing at its best. -- Michael Robinson, author of Korea's Twentieth-Century Odyssey
For too long, the role of Korea has been in the shadows of East Asian history. With brilliant analysis and meticulous research, Jager shows that Korea's fate was actually crucial to shaping the Asia of the nineteenth century and the turbulent regional politics that followed all the way up to World War II. Essential for readers of East Asian history and geopolitics alike. -- Rana Mitter, author of China's Good War: How World War II Is Shaping a New Nationalism
Beautifully written and deeply researched, The Other Great Game is a work of great importance and powerful insight. This gripping history offers a fresh interpretation of the age of empire at the turn of the twentieth century and a clear-eyed view of its long shadow. -- Andrew Gordon, author of A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present

About Sheila Miyoshi Jager

Sheila Miyoshi Jager is the author of Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea and Narratives of Nation-Building in Korea: The Genealogy of Patriotism. A specialist on modern East Asian and Korean history and politics, she has written for the New York Times, Politico, and the Boston Globe. She is Professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College.

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The Other Great Game: The Opening of Korea and the Birth of Modern East Asia by Sheila Miyoshi Jager
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