Russo-Japanese War In Cultural Perspective, 1904-05

Overview

The Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5 has been widely seen as a historical turning point. This book goes beyond the military and world political grand narratives to examine the war's social, cultural, literary, and intellectual impact. Containing contributions by established scholars in the fields of military history and the history and literature of both Russia and Japan, it offers for the first time in English a comparative perspective on symbolic...

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Overview

The Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5 has been widely seen as a historical turning point. This book goes beyond the military and world political grand narratives to examine the war's social, cultural, literary, and intellectual impact. Containing contributions by established scholars in the fields of military history and the history and literature of both Russia and Japan, it offers for the first time in English a comparative perspective on symbolic meaning of the conflict.

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Editorial Reviews

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“[the book is] quite relevant to our contemporary issues despite its concern with the war of almost a century ago.” —Journal of Asian Studies

“This book now fills the gap by gathering specialists of both Russia and Japan...succeeds in showing that the Russo-Japanese war left a deep impact on the historical memory of Russians and Japanese alike.” —Russian Review

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Historians and area scholars look at the impact on society at the time of the first time in modern history an Asian country fought and beat a European one. Drawing on sources in Japanese, Russian, and other languages, they show how the war reinforced Japan's self-image as a coming nation, and in Russia was seen as one of a series of events, among them the 1905 revolution and later political and social upheaval, separating the old regime from the new. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312221614
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/29/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wells is a Librarian at Curtin University of Technology in Perth.

Sandra Wilson is Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Japanese Studies Program at Murdoch University, Perth.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Sandra Wilson & David Wells
• Willpower or Firepower? The Unlearned Military Lessons of the Russo-Japanese War—S.P. MacKenzie
• Traditions of War Literature in Medieval Japan: A Study of the Heike Monogatari —Rajyashree Pandey
• Japanese Literary Responses to the Russo-Japanese War—Tomoko Aoyama
• Paradigms of War in Russian Literature from the Twelfth to the Nineteenth Century—David Wells
• The Russo-Japanese War in Russian Literature—David Wells
• Easts and Wests Befuddled: Russian Intelligentsia Responses to the Russo-Japanese War—Adrian Jones
• The Russo-Japanese War and Japan: Politics, Nationalism, and Historical Memory—Sandra Wilson

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