Mirror of Modernity: Invented Traditions of Modern Japan

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Stephen Vlastos
University of California Press, 1998 - History - 328 pages
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"This book forces a rethinking of the contentional dichotomy between tradition and modernity. The authors argue provocatively that much of Japanese 'tradition' is a modern invention."--Gail Lee Bernstein, author of Haruko's World

"Sure to stimulate debate in the field of Japanese studies, this important work deftly historicizes the origins of such 'traditional practices' as judo or Japanese-style management."--Peter Duus, author of The Abacus and the Sword
  

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Contents

PastPresent Culture and Modern Japanese History
1
The Invention of JapaneseStyle Labor Management
19
of Prince Shötoku in Modern Japan
37
Frank K Upham I
48
PART TWO I VILLAGE
67
Stephen Wastes I
79
Louise Young
95
Hashimoto Mitsuru
133
Kanöjigorö and KodOkanJudo
163
Inventing Japanese Domesticity
191
Miriam Silverberg I
208
The Invention of a NeoTraditional Region
229
Andrew E Barshay I
243
Carol Gluck
262
Dipesh Chahrabarty I
285
GLOSSARY
297

Harootunian
144

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About the author (1998)

Stephen Vlastos is Professor of History at the University of Iowa, and author of Peasant Protests and Uprisings in Tokugawa Japan (California, 1986).

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