The Other Great Game: The Opening of Korea and the Birth of Modern East Asia


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Belknap Press
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6.56 X 9.5 X 2.0 inches | 2.44 pounds

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About the Author

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.


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