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Harvard East Asian Monographs #344: Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877-1912

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Empire of the Dharma explores the dynamic relationship between Korean and Japanese Buddhists in the years leading up to the Japanese annexation of Korea. Conventional narratives cast this relationship in politicized terms, with Korean Buddhists portrayed as complicit in the "religious annexation" of the peninsula. However, this view fails to account for the diverse visions, interests, and strategies that drove both sides.

Hwansoo Ilmee Kim complicates this politicized account of religious interchange by reexamining the "alliance" forged in 1910 between the Japanese Soto sect and the Korean Wonjong order. The author argues that their ties involved not so much political ideology as mutual benefit. Both wished to strengthen Buddhism's precarious position within Korean society and curb Christianity's growing influence. Korean Buddhist monastics sought to leverage Japanese resources as a way of advancing themselves and their temples, and missionaries of Japanese Buddhist sects competed with one another to dominate Buddhism on the peninsula. This strategic alliance pushed both sides to confront new ideas about the place of religion in modern society and framed the way that many Korean and Japanese Buddhists came to think about the future of their shared religion.

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Kim explores the dynamic relationship between Korean and Japanese Buddhists in the years leading up to the Japanese annexation of Korea. Conventional narratives portray Korean Buddhists as complicit in the religious annexation of the peninsula, but this view fails to account for the diverse visions, interests, and strategies that drove both sides.

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Honorable Mention, 2014 James B. Palais Book Prize, Association for Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council

About the Author

Hwansoo Ilmee Kim is Assistant Professor of Religion and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University.

Duke University

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674065758
Subtitle:
Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877-1912
Author:
Kim, Hwansoo Ilmee
Publisher:
Harvard University Asia Center
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Subject:
HISTORY / Asia/Japan
Subject:
History-Asia - Korea
Subject:
History, Modern -- 19th century.
Subject:
History, Modern -- 20th century.
Copyright:
Series:
Harvard East Asian Monographs
Series Volume:
344
Publication Date:
20130311
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 halftones; 1 black and white illustra
Pages:
444
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » World History » Japan
History and Social Science » World History » Korea
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Buddhism » General

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"Synopsis" by , Kim explores the dynamic relationship between Korean and Japanese Buddhists in the years leading up to the Japanese annexation of Korea. Conventional narratives portray Korean Buddhists as complicit in the religious annexation of the peninsula, but this view fails to account for the diverse visions, interests, and strategies that drove both sides.
"Synopsis" by , Honorable Mention, 2014 James B. Palais Book Prize, Association for Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council
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