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Crossing Empire's EdgeForeign Ministry Police and Japanese Expansionism in Northeast Asia$
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Erik Esselstrom

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832315

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832315.001.0001

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(p.147) Conclusion
Crossing Empire's Edge

Erik Esselstrom

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter summarizes several themes related to the notion of crossing the boundaries between Japan and its colonial empire, with particular emphasis on how the history of the Japanese consular police in Northeast Asia makes it possible to begin transcending boundaries of both political geography and historical imagination. These themes are concerned with the friction between the Japanese Army and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the consular police's often unilateral war of their own against Korean resistance fighters; the popular conception among historians that the Japanese empire in northeast Asia was divided into formal and informal spheres; the problem of agency; the excessive subjectivity granted to the nation-state; and limited attempts by scholars to cross the border between Japanese colonial history and the experience of other modern Western imperial powers. All of these themes are intertwined with the vexing nationalist dilemmas that complicate representations of East Asian history today.

Keywords:   consular police, political geography, Japanese Army, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korean resistance fighters, Japanese empire, agency, nation-state, colonial history, East Asia

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