Including contributions from an international team of leading experts, this volume examines state making from a uniquely Asian perspective and reveals some of the misunderstandings that arise when states and state making are judged solely on the basis of Western history. The contributors argue that if we are to understand states in Asia then we must first recognize the particular combination of institution and ideologies embedded in Asian state making and their distinctiveness from the Western experience.

Presenting new empirical and conceptual material based on original research, the book provides a unique theoretical reflection of the state through a thorough comparison of East Asian nations and, as such, will be a valuable resource to scholars of Asian politics and international relations.

chapter |30 pages

Reconnecting the state to the dynamics of its making

ByRichard Boyd, Tak-Wing Ngo

chapter |16 pages

Japanese state making in global context

ByMark Ravina

chapter |34 pages

The making of state-bureaucracy relations in Japan

ByRichard Boyd

chapter |13 pages

Citizen, state, and nation in China

ByR. Bin Wong

chapter |19 pages

Sovereignty, survival, and the transformation of the Taiwan state

ByJenn-hwan Wang

chapter |21 pages

Constructing the state in the Tibetan diaspora

ByAnn Frechette

chapter |10 pages

Nation, ethnicity, and contending discourse in the Malaysian state

ByA.B. Shamsul, Sity Daud

chapter |17 pages

Some states of Asia compared from afar

ByLaurence Whitehead