The Postwar Developments of Japanese Studies in the United States

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Helen Hardacre
BRILL, 1998 - History - 423 pages
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The present volume documents the postwar history of United States scholarship on Japan. A careful selection of North American scholars under the general editorship of Helen Hardacre (Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society at Harvard University) shows that a range of factors have directed Japanese studies in the United States since 1945. Among these factors are social and political change in Japan and the United States, shifts in dominant scholarly concerns about Japan, and changing evaluations of area studies. The work consists of twelve essays in a wide variety of fields: history, art, religion, literature, anthropology, political science, and law. Each essay chronicles postwar scholarship in its particular discipline and provides a useful bibliography to serve further reference. The general aim of the volume is to put current debates in historical perspective and to help assess the field's achievements. It identifies areas requiring more work and charts directions for the future.
  

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Contents

Sizing Up and Breaking Down Japan
1
The Study of Japans Early History
37
The Return of the Other?
85
a Historiographical Overview
115
American Studies of Japanese Foreign Relations
143
Japanese Art Studies in America since 1945
161
The Postwar Development of Studies of Japanese
195
Japanese Literary Studies in
227
American Anthropology
294
Japanese Political
336
The Development of Japanese Legal Studies in American
354
Taking Japanese Studies Seriously
387
Index
407
List of Contributors
424
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Helen Hardacre, Ph.D. (1980) in History of Religions, University of Chicago, is Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society, Harvard University. She has published extensively on modern Japanese religious history, including new religion movements and religion and the state.

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