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Machiavelli's Children: Leaders and Their Legacies in Italy and Japan / Edition 1
     

Machiavelli's Children: Leaders and Their Legacies in Italy and Japan / Edition 1

by Richard J. Samuels
 

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ISBN-10: 0801489822

ISBN-13: 9780801489822

Pub. Date: 06/28/2005

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Two late-developing nations, Japan and Italy, similarly obsessed with achieving modernity and with joining the ranks of the great powers, have traveled parallel courses with very different national identities. In this audacious book about leadership and historical choices, Richard J. Samuels emphasizes the role of human ingenuity in political change. He draws on

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Two late-developing nations, Japan and Italy, similarly obsessed with achieving modernity and with joining the ranks of the great powers, have traveled parallel courses with very different national identities. In this audacious book about leadership and historical choices, Richard J. Samuels emphasizes the role of human ingenuity in political change. He draws on interviews and archival research in a fascinating series of paired biographies of political and business leaders from Italy and Japan.

Beginning with the founding of modern nation-states after the Meiji Restoration and the Risorgimento, Samuels traces the developmental dynamic in both countries through the failure of early liberalism, the coming of fascism, imperial adventures, defeat in wartime, and reconstruction as American allies. Highlights of Machiavelli's Children include new accounts of the making of postwar Japanese politics—using American money and Manchukuo connections—and of the collapse of Italian political parties in the Clean Hands (Mani Pulite) scandal.

The author also tells the more recent stories of Umberto Bossi's regional experiment, the Lega Nord, the different choices made by Italian and Japanese communist party leaders after the collapse of the USSR, and the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi and Ishihara Shintar on the contemporary right in each country.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801489822
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface: Leaders Matterix
Introduction: Why Leaders Matter1
Part I.Creation Stories: The Nineteenth Century
1.Chasing Prestige and Security21
2.How to Build a State: Count Cavour, Ito Hirobumi, and Yamagata Aritomo41
3.How to Build Wealth: Alessandro Rossi, Okubo Toshimichi, and Shibusawa Eichi69
Part II.Liberal Exhaustion: The Early Twentieth Century
4.The Death of Liberalism: Giovanni Giolitti and Hara Kei99
5.The Birth of Corporatism: Muto Sanji, Alessandro Rossi, Kishi Nobusuke, Giovanni Agnelli, and Ayukawa Gisuke124
6.The Total Leader: Benito Mussolini152
Part IIIIn the American Imperium: The Cold War
7.Chasing Democracy179
8.What Kind of Ally to Be: Alcide De Gasperi and Yoshida Shigeru197
9.Putting Corruption in Its Place: Kishi Nobusuke and Amintore Fanfani225
Part IV.Degrees of Freedom: After the Cold War
10.Chasing Normality263
11.Choices on the Left: Achille Occhetto and Fuwa Tetsuzo299
12.Options on the Right: Umberto Bossi, Silvio Berlusconi, Ozawa Ichiro, and Ishihara Shintaro316
Conclusion: How Leaders Have Mattered in Italy and Japan344
Notes363
References411
Index445

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