Power and Dissent in Imperial Japan: Three Forms of Political Engagement
Nordic Council of Ministers, NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies2013 (English)Book (Refereed)
This volume examines the careers and intellectual positions of three prominent Japanese “dissidents” in the later Imperial period – Minobe Tatsukichi, Sakai Toshihiko and Saitō Takao – as individual responses to the new forms of authority that appeared after the Meiji Restoration of 1868.
The principles to which each adhered – the rule of law, socialist egalitarianism, and representative government – contributed to the new ideas about authority and the individual in post-Restoration Japan. They also remain fundamental (at least in theory) in today’s Japanese polity and society. The study reaffirms the serious limitations of the pre-war Japanese political system, its structural and institutional problems, and deep-rooted ambivalence about democratic change. But it also confirms the birth of an alternative tradition in which individuals began to define and sponsor the processes of national self-regulation. This book traces the perspectives of three such individuals who chose to contest the new power arrangements through their writings and political activities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2013. , 336 p.
, NIAS Monographs, 123
Politics, Japan, socio-economic history
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-4249ISBN: 978 87 7694 118 5ISBN: 978 87 7694 117 8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-4249DiVA: diva2:876591
First study of modern Japanese political dissent to combine modernist theory, close textual analysis and socio-economic history.
Presents original Japanese material that has not been fully explored.
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