The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

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Essential reading for anyone interested in Japanese culture, this unsurpassed masterwork opens an intriguing window on Japan. Benedict’s World War II–era study paints an illuminating contrast between the culture of Japan and that of the United States. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a revealing look at how and why our cultures differ, making it the perfect introduction to Japanese history and customs.

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Overview

Essential reading for anyone interested in Japanese culture, this unsurpassed masterwork opens an intriguing window on Japan. Benedict’s World War II–era study paints an illuminating contrast between the culture of Japan and that of the United States. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a revealing look at how and why our cultures differ, making it the perfect introduction to Japanese history and customs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618619597
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/25/2006
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 225,110
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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RUTH BENEDICT (1887-1948) was one of the twentieth century's foremost anthropologists and helped to shape the discipline in the United States and around the world. Benedict was a student and later a colleague of Franz Boas at Columbia, where she taught from 1924. Margaret Mead was one of her students. Benedict's contributions to the field of cultural anthropology are often cited today.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword vii
1 Assignment: Japan 1
2 The Japanese in the War 20
3 Taking One's Proper Station 43
4 The Meiji Reform 76
5 Debtor to the Ages and the World 98
6 Repaying One-Ten-Thousandth 114
7 The Repayment 'Hardest to Bear' 133
8 Clearing One's Name 145
9 The Circle of Human Feelings 177
10 The Dilemma of Virtue 195
11 Self-Discipline 228
12 The Child Learns 253
13 The Japanese Since VJ-Day 297
Glossary 317
Index 321
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