By Hagen Schulz-Forberg
Members to this quantity discover the altering ideas of the social and the commercial in the course of a interval of basic swap throughout Asia. They problem permitted causes of the way Western wisdom unfold via Asia and convey how flexible Asian intellectuals have been in introducing ecu recommendations and in mixing them with neighborhood traditions.
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It can be safely said that this is not the case. Do we find convergence of meaning in one linguistic sphere? Can we claim that the understanding of concepts is shared unanimously within one linguistic sphere? It may just as safely be said that this is not the case, either. Is not the relevance of any conceptual analysis mainly provided by the fact that concepts are contested, fought over, and dynamic in their meaning? Concepts are contentious, their meanings do not converge; they are constantly negotiated by historical actors in struggles of power and legitimacy.
Was there a significant epistemological break with the conventional way of thinking? 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.
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. The choice of authors informing Thai conceptual innovations of the social and the economic illustrates the larger claim that each historical situation must be looked at individually in its complexity before jumping to conclusions about a larger unit called ‘Asia’ or ‘Southern Asia’.
A Global Conceptual History of Asia, 1860-1940 by Hagen Schulz-Forberg