Japan in Crisis: Essays on Taishō Democracy

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Bernard S. Silberman, Harry D. Harootunian, Gail Lee Bernstein
Center for Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan, 1974 - Political Science - 469 pages
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The transition between the reign of the powerful Emperor Meiji and that of his weak successor Taisho was marked by the emergence of a new individualism in Japanese society, a separation of culture and politics that led to the demise of the traditional Japanese self-dedication to the interests of the state and to a corresponding dedication to modernization in all spheres of existence. The widespread social, political, economic, and cultural changes that occurred during the years of Japan's modernization movement in the early twentieth century are discussed in thirteen essays by Japanese and American scholars.

The contributors employ a diversity of disciplinary and historical approaches: the volume contains essays on intellectual, literary, economic, diplomatic, political, and social history covering the period from 1900 to 1945. The essays relate the new individualism of the Taisho years to such phenomena as literary naturalism, political socialism, the failure of economic expansion, and industrial and agricultural unrest.

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A Note on the Political Thought of Natsume Soseki

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Harry Harootunian is professor of history and director of East Asian Studies at New York University. He is author of "Toward Restoration" and "Things Seen and Unseen," He lives in New York City.

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