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Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushido in Modern Japan
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date November 11, 2014
Pages 283
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780198706625
ISBN-10 0198706626
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.75 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $99.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Inventing the Way of the Samurai examines the development of the 'way of the samurai' - bushido; - which is popularly viewed as a defining element of the Japanese national character and even the 'soul of Japan'. Rather than a continuation of ancient traditions, however, bushido; developed from a search for identity during Japan's modernization in the late nineteenth century. The former samurai class were widely viewed as a relic of a bygone age in the 1880s, and the first significant discussions of bushido at the end of the decade were strongly influenced by contemporary European ideals of gentlemen and chivalry. At the same time, Japanese thinkers increasingly looked to their own traditions in search of sources of national identity, and this process accelerated as national confidence grew with military victories over China and Russia.

Inventing the Way of the Samurai considers the people, events, and writings that drove the rapid growth of bushido, which came to emphasize martial virtues and absolute loyalty to the emperor. In the early twentieth century, bushido; became a core subject in civilian and military education, and was a key ideological pillar supporting the imperial state until its collapse in 1945. The close identification of bushido; with Japanese militarism meant that it was rejected immediately after the war, but different interpretations of bushido; were soon revived by both Japanese and foreign commentators seeking to explain Japan's past, present, and future. This volume further explores the factors behind the resurgence of bushido, which has proven resilient through 130 years of dramatic social, political, and cultural change.


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from Oxford Univ Pr (November 11, 2014)
9780198706625 | details & prices | 283 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 0.75 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $99.00
About: Inventing the Way of the Samurai examines the development of the 'way of the samurai' - bushido; - which is popularly viewed as a defining element of the Japanese national character and even the 'soul of Japan'.
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9780198754251 | details & prices | 304 pages | List price $40.00
About: Inventing the Way of the Samurai examines the development of the 'way of the samurai' - bushido; - which is popularly viewed as a defining element of the Japanese national character and even the 'soul of Japan'.

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