Making Borders in Modern East Asia: Tumen River Demarcation, 1881-1919

Song, Nianshen
Until the late nineteenth century, the Chinese-Korean Tumen River border was one of the oldest, and perhaps most stable, state boundaries in the world. Spurred by severe food scarcity following a succession of natural disasters, from the 1860s, countless Korean refugees crossed the Tumen River border into Qing-China's Manchuria, triggering a decades-long territorial dispute between China, Korea, and Japan.
This major new study of a multilateral and multiethnic frontier highlights the competing state- and nation-building projects in the fraught period that witnessed the Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, and the First World War. The power-plays over land and people simultaneously promoted China's frontier-building endeavours, motivated Korea's nationalist imagination, and stimulated Japan's colonialist enterprise, setting East Asia on an intricate trajectory from the late-imperial to a situation that, Song argues, we call modern.
 
Title
Making Borders in Modern East Asia: Tumen River Demarcation, 1881-1919
Author
Song, Nianshen
Published
University of Cambridge / Cambridge University Press, April 2018
ISBN
978-1316609378
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Citation
Song, Nianshen, Making Borders in Modern East Asia: Tumen River Demarcation, 1881-1919 (University of Cambridge / Cambridge University Press, April 2018), https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/making-borders-in-modern-east-asia/6A7C6D4BF42E7527B1552FB9F53E5206.