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Culture of the Meiji Period / Edition 1
     

Culture of the Meiji Period / Edition 1

by Daikichi Irokawa
 

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ISBN-10: 0691000301

ISBN-13: 2900691000304

Pub. Date: 10/01/1988

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"This book, a translation of Irokawa's 1969 classic Meiji no Bunka, is best described as an analysis of popular political consciousness in the Meiji period and its corruption by the Emperor System. . . . the translation is lucid and seamless, a remarkable achievement given the number of contributors who worked on it."--L. L. Cornell, Pacific Affairs"A fascinating

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"This book, a translation of Irokawa's 1969 classic Meiji no Bunka, is best described as an analysis of popular political consciousness in the Meiji period and its corruption by the Emperor System. . . . the translation is lucid and seamless, a remarkable achievement given the number of contributors who worked on it."--L. L. Cornell, Pacific Affairs"A fascinating account of aspects of Japanese culture between 1868 and the early twentieth century. . . . Irokawa Daikichi is an indefatigable researcher, and the fruits of his own and others' labors on back roads and in old storehouses are amply represented here. Moreover, he has discovered materials untouched since the Meiji period, and he is able to interpret them in fresh, provocative ways. He makes excellent use of poetry, letters, diaries, and songs to probe the mentality of peasants and rustic intellectuals, and he interprets his findings in a way that challenges major post-World War II trends in historiography."--J. Victor Koschmann, Journal of Asian Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900691000304
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1988
Series:
Princeton Library of Asian Translations Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
344

Table of Contents

Preface to the English Translationvii
Editor's Introductionix
Introduction3
Japan: A Very Strange Country3
The Emperor System as a "Weight Upon the Eyes,"9
The Limits and Scope of the Problem15
IThe Creation of A Grass-Roots Culture19
The Silent Folk World19
First Stirring25
Subtle Transformations Toward Modernity29
A Sickness of Soul40
The Impact of the Restoration on Mountain Villages44
IIThe Impact Of Western Culture51
The Approach of Reform Bureaucrats51
Advocates of Enlightenment and the People59
The Cultural Gulf Between Japan and the West68
IIIWandering Pilgrims76
Restoration Youth76
A Spiritual Journey84
Grass-Roots Self-Government92
Substitution and Restatement102
Creating a People's Constitution108
Swan Song113
IVPoetry in Chinese and Revolutionary Thought123
Onuma Chinzan and Mori Shunto
Two Contrasting Undercurrents123
Historical Consciousness and Poetic Spirit131
The Life of Local Men of Letters139
Politics and Literature143
VThe Heights and Depths of Popular Consciousness151
The Voices of the Inarticulate151
The Thoughts of Unknown Soldiers159
Mountain Village Communes164
Abandoning Conventional Morality171
The Clash of Ideas at the Lower Social Level181
From Peak to Valley191
VICarriers of Meiji Culture196
The Establishment of the Japanese Intellectual Class196
Opening the Eye to the Inner Life207
Views of Civilization212
VIIMeiji Conditions of Nonculture219
Desperate Farming Villages in the Meiji Era219
Consciousness in the Lower Depths224
The Age of the Lost Ideal234
VIIIThe Emperor System as a Spiritual Structure245
Introduction245
The Legacy of Kokutai247
The Emperor and the People251
A Tradition Without Structure260
Maruyama's Interpretation of Kokutai267
The Kyodotai273
The "Family-State" (Kazoku Kokka)280
"Domicide" (Iegoroshi)287
A Soldier's Feelings293
The Power of National Education299
Conclusion309
Index of Names Cited313

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