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Of Heretics and Martyrs in Meiji Japan: Buddhism and Its Persecution

Of Heretics and Martyrs in Meiji Japan: Buddhism and Its Persecution

by James Edward Ketelaar
     
 

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How did Buddhism, so prominent in Japanese life for over a thousand years, become the target of severe persecution in the social and political turmoil of the early Meiji era? How did it survive attacks against it and reconstitute itself as an increasingly articulate and coherent belief system and a bastion of the Japanese national heritage? Here James Ketelaar

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How did Buddhism, so prominent in Japanese life for over a thousand years, become the target of severe persecution in the social and political turmoil of the early Meiji era? How did it survive attacks against it and reconstitute itself as an increasingly articulate and coherent belief system and a bastion of the Japanese national heritage? Here James Ketelaar elucidates not only the development of Buddhism in the late nineteenth century but also the strategies of the Meiji state.

Editorial Reviews

Monumenta Nipponica
Eloquent and provocative. [This] is one of only a few studies that tackle the question of traditional religions in modernizing Japan.
— John Breen
Journal of Church and State
A superb narrative about religion in nineteenth-century Japan. . . . One of the best books available that discusses religion in modern Japan.
— William R. LaFleur
Journal of Asian Studies.
Well-researched and insightful.
— Janine A. Sawada
Monumenta Nipponica - John Breen
Eloquent and provocative. [This] is one of only a few studies that tackle the question of traditional religions in modernizing Japan.
Journal of Church and State - William R. LaFleur
A superb narrative about religion in nineteenth-century Japan. . . . One of the best books available that discusses religion in modern Japan.
Journal of Asian Studies. - Janine A. Sawada
Well-researched and insightful.
From the Publisher
Winner of the 1991 Hans Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Finalist for the 1993 Pacific Coast Branch Book Award, American Historical Association

Winner of the 1992 Hiromi Arisawa Award, Association of American University Presses

"Eloquent and provocative. [This] is one of only a few studies that tackle the question of traditional religions in modernizing Japan."—John Breen, Monumenta Nipponica

"A superb narrative about religion in nineteenth-century Japan. . . . One of the best books available that discusses religion in modern Japan."—William R. LaFleur, Journal of Church and State

"Well-researched and insightful."—Janine A. Sawada, Journal of Asian Studies.

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Ketelaar (history, Stanford) examines how Buddhism, prominent in Japanese life for over a thousand years, became the target of severe persecution in Meiji Japan of the late 19th century, and how it survived and reconstituted itself as an articulate and coherent belief system and a bastion of the Japanese national heritage. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691024813
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/08/1993
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
299
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.85(d)

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