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Members to this quantity discover the altering suggestions of the social and the commercial in the course of a interval of primary swap throughout Asia. They problem authorized causes of the way Western wisdom unfold via Asia and convey how flexible Asian intellectuals have been in introducing eu thoughts and in mixing them with neighborhood traditions.

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Concepts and the way they are redefined, recontextualized or reinterpreted through the avant-garde again play the key role. In some instances, as in the Thai case (see Chapter 8, pp. 149–68), conceptual change is inflicted through the ruler. Thai monarchs pre-emptively embraced new concepts and introduced notions of the social and the economic into Thai language. The ruling elite functioned as an avant-garde to the established discourse to secure its power and to make sure that Thailand would remain connected to wider global developments.

It allows, furthermore, an analysis of the colonial experience from a fresh perspective. This is achieved by moving from postcolonialism (which is connected to colonialism as the point of demarcation, just as post-nationalism and transnationalism is still connected to the nation as the point of demarcation) to global historical relations without diminishing the relevance of the (post) colonial experience and perspective. Furthermore, a polycentric understanding of global modernity serves as a point of departure rather than a Western-centric one.

Third, what kinds of conflicts erupted as the new concepts were appropriated? Who were the main agents in this process, and what were their chief interests in mobilizing these two concepts? These are necessary questions in the exploration of the relations between conceptual history and social history, between national history and global history, and between semantic shifts and identity-construction in the enlightenment, colonization and modernization process in Korea. Terms for ‘Economy’ and ‘Society’ during the Korean Enlightenment Two Korean words – gyeong je (economy) and sahoe (society) – are indispensable in explaining Korea’s modernization within the global transformation.

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