A History of Nationalism in Modern Japan: Placing the by Kevin M. Doak

By Kevin M. Doak

This magisterial background of jap nationalism unearths nationalism to be a contested and pluralistic perform that seeks to middle the folk in political existence. It provides a wealth of basic resource fabric on how jap themselves have understood their nationwide id.

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Bauer’s argument, which subsequently became known as the “Austro-Marxian position on nationalism,” was that national identity had to be accepted as basic form of identity and thus multiple nationalities must be recognized within a single, multiethnic (socialist) state. Bauer went so far as to suggest that national identity was more fundamental than class, at least to the extent that class was projected in some international system. To effectively counter Bauer’s argument that national identity was more important than class consciousness, while at the same time holding together the coalition of nationalities within the Eastern European Marxist movement, Stalin needed to concede something to national identity while subordinating it to the international Marxist agenda.

Yet, how the people are conceived (kokumin? minzoku? ) held implications for how nationalism was understood and enacted. This struggle to identify and then place the people as the key agent of cultural and political life was forced to confront terminology and concept, as the complex and conflict-laden history of nationalism in modern Japan spun off various interpretations of who the people as nation are and what their political prospects should be. Broad historical events such as the 54 55 Hashikawa, Nashonarizumu, 123-6.

These chapters analyze the history of these discourses independently, arguing that inherent in these discourses, even as they change over time, are independent concepts of what the Japanese nation was, is, or should be. Finally, in the afterword, I offer some reflections on how these key elements of Japanese nationalism come together and how they are shaping the present and future of nationalism in Japan. CHAPTER TWO THE PRECONDITIONS OF JAPANESE NATIONALISM Prior to 1853, there was no Japan. This may seem at first a preposterous claim, but it can only be fully understood once we have unpacked what a national concept like “Japan” really means.

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