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A History of Nationalism in Modern Japan: Placing the People (Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 5 Japan) Hardcover – December, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: BRILL (December 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004155988
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004155985
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,987,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the most comprehensive analysis of Japanese nationalism that exists in the English language." Irwin Schenker, University of California, Berkeley, Journal of Asian Studies (Vol. 68/1).

About the Author

Kevin M. Doak, Ph.D. (1989) in East Asian Languages and Cultures, The University of Chicago, is the Nippon Foundation Endowed Chair in Japanese Studies at Georgetown University. He has published extensively on Japanese nationalism, social and political thought, including Dreams of Difference: The Japan Romantic School and the Crisis of Modernity (California, 1994).

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. MCCASKEY on May 9, 2007
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"More than twenty years of reading the literature on Japanese nationalism have left me with a strong sense that what is said in English and what is said in Japanese about the subject are often worlds apart." - This statement by the author at the opening of the first chapter points out one of the great merits of this book. It is almost entirely based on original sources in Japanese.

Japanese is a very challenging language for non-Japanese to learn well. The ability to do research based on documentation in Japanese requires a special aptitude for the language, plus many years of hard work. Doak is one of a very small number of American scholars who can do their own direct original research in Japanese, without the need to rely on sources in translation, or depend on third-party Japanese research assistance.

This ability to conduct original research using original Japanese sources is fully reflected in the book's more than 500 informative footnotes, citing a virtual library of more than 130 source books and articles in Japanese. These are the key items in a larger extensive bibliography, which reflects in-depth research using French sources as well as English ones.

"A History of Nationalism in Modern Japan: Placing the People" is a must-have reference for any student or scholar, doing research at any level, on modern Japanese history. It is definitely the most comprehensive and authoritative source-book on Japanese nationalism in English, since Ivan Morris's classic "Nationalism and the Right Wing in Japan," which was published back in 1960, and is now out of print.

This new book by Doak, reflecting twenty years of research, based on almost a half-century of additional source material in Japanese beyond what Morris covered, now takes first place in its field.
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