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Japan's modern myths : ideology in the late Meiji period / Carol Gluck

Main Author Gluck, Carol, 1941- Country Estados Unidos. Publication Princeton : Princeton University Press, cop. 1985 Description XI, 407 p. : il. ; 24 cm Series Studies of the East Asian Institute ISBN 0-691-05449-5 CDU 952
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Ideology played a momentous role in modern Japanese history. Not only did the elite of imperial Japan (1890-1945) work hard to influence the people to "yield as the grasses before the wind," but historians of modern Japan later identified these efforts as one of the underlying pathologies of World War II. Available for the first time in paperback, this study examines how this ideology evolved. Carol Gluck argues that the process of formulating and communicating new national values was less consistent than is usually supposed. By immersing the reader in the talk and thought of the late Meiji period, Professor Gluck recreates the diversity of ideological discourse experienced by Japanese of the time. The result is a new interpretation of the views of politics and the nation in imperial Japan.

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The term ``myths'' in the title may mislead; the subtitle better describes the scope of this important study by a recognized authority of Japanese history. Gluck examines the Meiji era (1868-1912) not so much for events and personalities as for the ideological issues that illuminate Japan's transition into the modern world. These issues include the status of the emperor, the mystique of the Japanese ``polity,'' patriotism, and the role of education in building a new Japan. The book is elegantly written and handsomely packaged; there are several interesting photographs, some in color. The work is the result of extensive research into Japanese-language resources and is richly documented-a quarter of the book is devoted to notes and bibliography. Although other writers (e.g., Kenneth B. Pyle in his The New Generation in Meiji Japan, 1969) have covered some of the same ground, Gluck's study is broad in scope and presents new perspectives. It will be of interest mainly to scholars and graduate students but institutions with strong undergraduate programs in Japanese studies will want to consider purchase.-J.H. Boyle, California State University, Chico

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