Fukuzawa Yukichi: From Samurai to Capitalist / Edition 1

Fukuzawa Yukichi: From Samurai to Capitalist / Edition 1

by Helen M. Hopper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0321078020

ISBN-13: 9780321078025

Pub. Date: 07/28/2004

Publisher: Pearson

This biography traces the career of Fukuzawa Yûkichi, who began life as a lower-level samurai and went on to become one of the leading figures in Japan as it entered the modern era and became an industrial power.

The titles in the Library of World Biography series make ideal supplements for World History survey courses or other courses in

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This biography traces the career of Fukuzawa Yûkichi, who began life as a lower-level samurai and went on to become one of the leading figures in Japan as it entered the modern era and became an industrial power.

The titles in the Library of World Biography series make ideal supplements for World History survey courses or other courses in the history curriculum that explore figures in history. Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each interpretative biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of world history. At the same time, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.

Fukuzawa Yûkichi, one of Japan's best-known figures of the later half of the Nineteenth Century, broke the restrictive bonds of the Tokugawa samurai system and in his lifetime gained fame as a writer and interpreter of Western thought and customs, an educator who founded a famous university, a journalist and owner of an influential newspaper, a supporter of women's rights, and an entrepreneur with extensive and important economic influence. Although he embraced much from Western thought, he never let go of his early Confucian training. Fukuzawa never entered public office, but his influence among those who did was striking. He became a revered figure of the century, and is immortalized on the ten thousand yen bill, the largest currency denomination. The story of Fukuzawa's life takes place during a pivotal period in Japanese history, as the country was becoming an industrial power and moving toward nationhood.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321078025
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Series:
Library of World Biography Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface.
Author's Preface.

1. A Samurai Breaks Free.
2. The Lure of the West.
3. Fukuzawa Sidesteps the Civil War.
4. “Civilization and Enlightenment.”
5. Fukuzawa and Popular Rights.
6. Social and Cultural Debates.
7. “Rich Nation–Strong Army.”

Epilogue: Fukuzawa's Legacy.
A Note on the Sources.
Glossary.
Index.

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