Nationalisms in Japan brings together leading specialists in the field to discuss how notions of ‘nationalism’ in modern Japan impinges on all aspects of social, political and cultural understanding of the Japanese nation or the Japanese state. This book is clearly presented and jargon-free, and encompasses a chronological period of roughly two hundred years, beginning with a discussion of some of the early Japanese national thinkers of the Mito School, and ending with a contemporary discussion of the official visits made by Prime Minister Koizumi Jun’ichiro to the highly controversial Yasukuni Shrine. This wide chronological period allows for important observations about the evolution of nationalism, suggesting that Japan actually houses multiple ‘nationalisms’.
Presenting new insights and understanding, this is a valuable addition to those working on modern Japan and nationalism.
Taylor and Francis; January 2006
- ISBN 9781134146345
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- Title: Nationalisms in Japan
- Author: Naoko Shimazu (ed.)
In The Press
'This volume makes an important contribution in its emphasis on illuminating the complexities of Japanese nationalism and its commonalities with other states' 'national thinking'...All the chapters are extremely accessible and superbly written. Their rich empirical contents would be of interest to a very wide range of scholars.' - Shogo Suzuki, East Asia: An International Quarterly, Volume 24
'[E]ach one of the the individual investigations conducted by the contributing authors exhibits solid scholarship, and the editor, Naoko Shimazu, deserves special praise for ensuring consistent quality over such a wide range of themes and, by bringing these essays together, for successfully highlighting the pluralistic (and perhaps even conflicting) nature of nationalisms in Japan.' - Koichi Nakano, Monumenta Nipponica, 62:4
About The Author
Naoko Shimazu lectures on modern Japanese history at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of Japan, Race and Equality: The Racial Equality Proposal of 1919 (Routledge, 1998).