Conference – The Tsarist/Soviet Empires and the History of Modernity in Asia

Entanglements between Tsarist/Soviet and Asian modernities since the late 19th century will be in focus of the international conference »The Tsarist/Soviet empires and the history of modernity in Asia«, which will take place in Munich 12 – 13 September 2017. It is hosted by the Chair of Russian-Asian Studies at LMU Munich and the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies.

The conference seeks to examine entanglements between Tsarist/Soviet and Asian modernities since the late 19th century. In Eurasia, Russia’s rise to great power status anticipated Japan’s (or later, China’s and India’s) transformation from an object of European expansion to a competitive, ‘modern’ rival. In postwar Asia (notions of) modernity were not only influenced by the ‘Western’ model, but also and, arguably, even stronger by developments in the Soviet Union (China and Japan). Though the history of modernities in Asia cannot, of course, be reduced to Tsarist/Soviet influences, they may provide a starting point to the analysis of modernity beyond its Western shape.

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