has to make them. Divine Self, Human Self is, to my mind, a must-read for anyone interested in the Gītā, Vedāntic thought, or the newly forged field of “constructive Hindu theology.” Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912. By Hwansoo Ilmee Kim. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Asia Center; distributed by Harvard University Press, 2012. Pp. 412. Hardcover $39.95, isbn 978-0-674- 06575-8. Reviewed by Jin Y. Park American University, Washington D.C. firstname.lastname@example.org Modern Buddhism has made itself a visible subfield in Buddhist scholarship in recent years. Korean Buddhist scholarship has also paid attention to the modern period, focusing on Korean Buddhism’s reactions to modernity and colonialism. Hwansoo Ilmee Kim’s Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912 is not only a welcome addition to this emerging scholarship but also proves itself to be a seminal work in clarifying the dynamic and complex interactions between Korean and Japanese Buddhism. Korean Buddhist scholarship has had a tendency to employ the binary structure of “patriot versus collaborator” or “pure versus contaminated Buddhism” with regard to the relationship between Korean and Japanese Buddhism. Empire of the Dharma problematizes this black-and-white historiography and dem- onstrates that a careful examination of
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