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

By Kevin M. Doak

This magisterial background of eastern nationalism finds nationalism to be a contested and pluralistic perform that seeks to middle the folk in political lifestyles. It offers a wealth of fundamental resource fabric on how jap themselves have understood their nationwide id.

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The debate over nationalism and Marxism crystalized in the way the two men defined a nation. ”38 Stalin insisted on a definition of the nation that employed more criteria, and his definition subsequently shaped 37 See my “Colonialism and Ethnic Nationalism in the Political Thought of Yanaihara Tadao (1893-1961)”, East Asian History, no. 10 (December 1995): 79-98. 38 Otto Bauer, “The Nationalities Question and Social Democracy,” (1907); reprinted in Omar Dahbour and Micheline R. Ishay, eds, The Nationalism Reader (Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: The Humanities Press, 1995), 183-91 at 183.

25 Like Hobson, Muir ultimately arrived at a pragmatic conclusion about the inability to define a nation. This reply was of course a rejection of Stalin and Bauer’s efforts to lay out a final theoretical formula for national identity. But in contrast to Hobson (and Stalin and Bauer), Muir added the heady idea that nationality can be nursed into existence even in places where it had never existed before or when 25 Ramsay Muir, Nationalism and Internationalism (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917): 51, 54.

50 Nonetheless, he placed it alongside the ethnic nationalism that Marxists were supporting around the world as “liberation movements” and invested similar hopes in the completion of Japan’s ruptured nationalism through the victory of this ethnic, populist nationalism. One of T yama’s strongest legacies on contemporary Japanese nationalism was his earlier effort to legitimate ethnic nationalism by obscuring its real historical nature under the cover of the ambiguous English loan word nashonarizumu along with a denial that there was a meaningful distinction between minzokushugi and kokuminshugi.

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