Confucianism and Modernization in East Asia

Critical Reflections

  • Kim Kyong-Dong

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Spanning the 19th and 20th centuries and identifying multiple waves of modernization, this book illustrates how principles originating in Chinese Confucianism have impacted the modernization of East Asia, especially in Korea. It also analyzes how such principles are exercised at personal, interpersonal and organizational levels. As modernization unfolds in East Asia, there is a rising interest in tradition of Confucianism and reconsider the relevance of Confucianism to global development.   

This book considers the actual historical significance of Confucianism in the modernization of the three nations in this region, China, Korea, and Japan through the nineteenth century and early twentieth century to the aftermath of the end of World War II. Examining the existing literature dealing with how Confucianism has been viewed in connection with modernization, it provides insight into western attitudes towards Confucianism and the changes in perceptions relative to Asia in the very process of modernization itself. 


Chinese Confucianism and the modernization of East Asia relevance of Confucianism to global development Modernisation in China, Korea, and Japan western attitudes towards Confucianism indigenization of modernization in contemporary society Confuciasm and the intellectual worlds of the East and West

Authors and affiliations

  • Kim Kyong-Dong
    • 1
  1. 1.Seoul National UniversitySeoulKorea (Republic of)

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