Bushido: Samurai Ethics and the Soul of Japan / Edition 10

Bushido: Samurai Ethics and the Soul of Japan / Edition 10

by Inazo Nitobe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0486433919

ISBN-13: 9780486433912

Pub. Date: 06/18/2004

Publisher: Dover Publications

At the turn of the twentieth century, when Japan was evolving from an isolated feudal society into a modern nation, a Japanese educator wrote this book to introduce the rest of the world to his society's traditional values. Author Inazo Nitobé defines bushido (the way of the warrior) as the source of the virtues most admired by his people; rectitude, courage,

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At the turn of the twentieth century, when Japan was evolving from an isolated feudal society into a modern nation, a Japanese educator wrote this book to introduce the rest of the world to his society's traditional values. Author Inazo Nitobé defines bushido (the way of the warrior) as the source of the virtues most admired by his people; rectitude, courage, benevolence, politeness, sincerity, honor, loyalty, and self-control. In this eloquent work, he explains the influence of the ideals and manners of the martial code and their role in forming the basis of the morals, ethics, and etiquette of Japanese culture, past, and present.
This popular and informative book, translated into more than 30 languages since its original publication in 1900, takes an eclectic and far-reaching approach. Nitobé draws examples from indigenous traditions including Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism, and the centuries-old moral compass supplied by Japanese samurai and sages. He reinforces these illustrations by citing similarities and contrasts from ancient and modern philosophers and statesmen of the Western world.
Generations of scholars and other readers with an interest in sociology have turned to this classic for insights into the nature of Japanese society. Its teachings are essential to gain a true understanding of the soul of Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486433912
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
06/18/2004
Series:
Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
266,554
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.26(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Tenth and Revised Editionix
Preface to the First Editionxi
Introduction1
I.Bushido as an Ethical System5
II.Sources of Bushido11
III.Rectitude or Justice17
IV.Courage, the Spirit of Daring and Bearing21
V.Benevolence, the Feeling of Distress25
VI.Politeness33
VII.Veracity and Sincerity39
VIII.Honour45
IX.The Duty of Loyalty51
X.The Education and Training of a Samurai57
XI.Self-Control61
XII.The Institutions of Suicide and Redress65
XIII.The Sword, the Soul of the Samurai75
XIV.The Training and Position of Woman79
XV.The Influence of Bushido89
XVI.Is Bushido Still Alive?95
XVII.The Future of Bushido103
Index109

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