By Hagen Schulz-Forberg
Members to this quantity discover the altering strategies of the social and the commercial in the course of a interval of primary switch throughout Asia. They problem authorized reasons of ways Western wisdom unfold via Asia and express how flexible Asian intellectuals have been in introducing ecu techniques and in mixing them with neighborhood traditions.
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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.
However, borrowing new terms from Japan and China was easier and more efficient for the Korean literati, who had retained their strong confidence in the East Asian civilization. 13 Hanseongsunbo, a newspaper published by the government, in 1883 delivered several translations including the word gyeongje in the articles for providing information about a foreign country. Although the discipline of economics was new, the words gyeongje and hak (learning) were not difficult for Korean intellectuals to understand and appropriate.
They provide legitimacy for agency, and established meanings will continuously be challenged and subverted at some point in time – and this general condition of what can be done with concepts when they are activated implies that even within one linguistic sphere they neither converge nor diverge, their meanings change continuously. The appropriation of concepts from foreign languages and their role as a new element within the space of semantic contestation is all the more interesting and allows for a history of concepts that is able to integrate textual analysis on the one hand and the contextual settings of texts, actors and their agendas, in which concepts are applied, on the other hand.
A Global Conceptual History of Asia, 1860-1940 by Hagen Schulz-Forberg