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The Culture of the Meiji Period : Princeton Library of Asian Translations - Daikichi Irokawa

The Culture of the Meiji Period

Princeton Library of Asian Translations

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Published: 21st October 1988
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This book, a translation of Irokawa's 1969 classic Meiji no Bunka, is best described as an analysis of popular political consciousness in the Meiji period and its corruption by the Emperor System. . . . the translation is lucid and seamless, a remarkable achievement given the number of contributors who worked on it.--L. L. Cornell, Pacific Affairs A fascinating account of aspects of Japanese culture between 1868 and the early twentieth century. . . . Irokawa Daikichi is an indefatigable researcher, and the fruits of his own and others' labors on back roads and in old storehouses are amply represented here. Moreover, he has discovered materials untouched since the Meiji period, and he is able to interpret them in fresh, provocative ways. He makes excellent use of poetry, letters, diaries, and songs to probe the mentality of peasants and rustic intellectuals, and he interprets his findings in a way that challenges major post-World War II trends in historiography.--J. Victor Koschmann, Journal of Asian Studies

"This book, a translation of Irokawa's 1969 classic Meiji no Bunka, is best described as an analysis of popular political consciousness in the Meiji period and its corruption by the Emperor System... the translation is lucid and seamless, a remarkable achievement given the number of contributors who worked on it."--L. L. Cornell, Pacific Affairs "A fascinating account of aspects of Japanese culture between 1868 and the early twentieth century... Irokawa Daikichi is an indefatigable researcher, and the fruits of his own and others' labors on back roads and in old storehouses are amply represented here. Moreover, he has discovered materials untouched since the Meiji period, and he is able to interpret them in fresh, provocative ways. He makes excellent use of poetry, letters, diaries, and songs to probe the mentality of peasants and rustic intellectuals, and he interprets his findings in a way that challenges major post-World War II trends in historiography."--J. Victor Koschmann, Journal of Asian Studies

Preface to the English Translationp. vii
Editor's Introductionp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Japan: A Very Strange Countryp. 3
The Emperor System as a "Weight Upon the Eyes,"p. 9
The Limits and Scope of the Problemp. 15
The Creation of A Grass-Roots Culturep. 19
The Silent Folk Worldp. 19
First Stirringp. 25
Subtle Transformations Toward Modernityp. 29
A Sickness of Soulp. 40
The Impact of the Restoration on Mountain Villagesp. 44
The Impact Of Western Culturep. 51
The Approach of Reform Bureaucratsp. 51
Advocates of Enlightenment and the Peoplep. 59
The Cultural Gulf Between Japan and the Westp. 68
Wandering Pilgrimsp. 76
Restoration Youthp. 76
A Spiritual Journeyp. 84
Grass-Roots Self-Governmentp. 92
Substitution and Restatementp. 102
Creating a People's Constitutionp. 108
Swan Songp. 113
Poetry in Chinese and Revolutionary Thoughtp. 123
Onuma Chinzan and Mori Shunto
Two Contrasting Undercurrentsp. 123
Historical Consciousness and Poetic Spiritp. 131
The Life of Local Men of Lettersp. 139
Politics and Literaturep. 143
The Heights and Depths of Popular Consciousnessp. 151
The Voices of the Inarticulatep. 151
The Thoughts of Unknown Soldiersp. 159
Mountain Village Communesp. 164
Abandoning Conventional Moralityp. 171
The Clash of Ideas at the Lower Social Levelp. 181
From Peak to Valleyp. 191
Carriers of Meiji Culturep. 196
The Establishment of the Japanese Intellectual Classp. 196
Opening the Eye to the Inner Lifep. 207
Views of Civilizationp. 212
Meiji Conditions of Nonculturep. 219
Desperate Farming Villages in the Meiji Erap. 219
Consciousness in the Lower Depthsp. 224
The Age of the Lost Idealp. 234
The Emperor System as a Spiritual Structurep. 245
Introductionp. 245
The Legacy of Kokutaip. 247
The Emperor and the Peoplep. 251
A Tradition Without Structurep. 260
Maruyama's Interpretation of Kokutaip. 267
The Kyodotaip. 273
The "Family-State" (Kazoku Kokka)p. 280
"Domicide" (Iegoroshi)p. 287
A Soldier's Feelingsp. 293
The Power of National Educationp. 299
Conclusionp. 309
Index of Names Citedp. 313
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ISBN: 9780691000305
ISBN-10: 0691000301
Series: Princeton Library of Asian Translations
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 21st October 1988
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.89  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.4