Modern Japan: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Nationalism

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James L. Huffman
Taylor & Francis, 1998 - History - 316 pages
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Concentrating on the period following Admiral Perry's visit in the 1850s, this encyclopedia examines the historical events, leaders, and societal pressures in the country's past that affected Japan's entry into the modern age. Like its companion volume, the encyclopedia covers important political topics, the arts, religion, business, literature, education, journalism, and other major social, cultural, and economic forces. Emphasizing the close ties that always existed between the emperor system and nationalism, the encyclopedia carefully explores the various forms of nationalism that flourished since the middle of the last century, discusses how the supernationalism of the beginning of the century ultimately led to World War II, looks at the uniquely Japanese custom of national self-analysis, and examines the country's remarkable postwar market-building economic nationalism.

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About the author (1998)

James L. Huffman is the H. Orth Hirt Professor of History at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio. He is the author of several books including Creating a Public: People and Press in Meiji Japan (U. Hawai'i Press, 1987) and Politics of the Meiji Press: The Life of Fukuchi Gen'ichiro (U. Hawai'i
Press, 1980).

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