Entangled Histories

The Transcultural Past of Northeast China

  • Dan Ben-Canaan
  • Frank Grüner
  • Ines Prodöhl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Dan Ben-Canaan, Frank Grüner, Ines Prodöhl
    Pages 1-11
  3. Transgressing Cultural and National Borders

  4. Constructing Identities: The Harbin Example

  5. Soft Power and Imperialism

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-238

About this book


The authors of this book focus on transcultural entanglements in Manchuria during the first half of the twentieth century. Manchuria, as Western historiography commonly designates the three northeastern provinces of China, was a politically, culturally and economically contested region. In the late nineteenth century, the region became the centre of competing Russian, Chinese and Japanese interests, thereby also attracting global attention. The coexistence of people with different nationalities, ethnicities and cultures in Manchuria was rarely if ever harmoniously balanced or static. On the contrary, interactions were both dynamic and complex. Semi-colonial experiences affected the people’s living conditions, status and power relations. The transcultural negotiations between all population groups across borders of all kinds are the subject of this book. The chapters of this volume shed light on various entangled histories in areas such as administration, the economy, ideas, ideologies, culture, media and daily life.


China Modern History Harbin Cultural Mix History Cultural China Japan Manchuria Manchuria History Russia Manchuria Transnational Conflicts Manchuria

Editors and affiliations

  • Dan Ben-Canaan
    • 1
  • Frank Grüner
    • 2
  • Ines Prodöhl
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Western StudiesHeilongjiang UniversityHarbin
  2. 2.Karl Jaspers CentreCluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context"HeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.German Historical InstituteWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02048-8
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-02047-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-02048-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-656X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-6578
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