Mutsu Munemitsu and Identity Formation of the Individual and the State in Modern Japan (Japanese Studies v. 14)

Mutsu Munemitsu and Identity Formation of the Individual and the State in Modern Japan (Japanese Studies v. 14)

By: Louis G. Perez (editor)Hardback

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This volume contains seven articles about Matsu Munemitsu, the foreign minister of Japan who led Japan into war in 1894, the same summer that he successfully negotiated the end of the Unequal Treaties with the West; and examinations of identity formation. The book examines the formation of Mutsu's identity, and then the reinvention of his character and persona in the face of ostracism and rapprochement with his feudal domain, the new Meiji government, and the political parties in Japan. Similarly, three Japanese identities are also examined: Kido Takayoshi; Furuno Inosuke, and the national press. The articles reconsider the importance of self-reference, natioanl and regional ethos, himeland and furosato, ideology and nationalism in the formation of identity.


Part one Mutsu Munemitsu: the Mutsu family, Ian Mutsu; Mutsu Munemitsu, Marius B. Jansen; Mutsu Munemitsu in Europe, 1884-85 - the intellectual in search of an ideology, Hagihara Nobutoshi; Mutsu Munemitsu and the diet crisis of 1893, Louis G. Peresz; the Sino-Japanese War - Britain and Mutsu Munemitsu, Ian Nish; a treatise on Mutsu's diplomacy, Nakatsuka Akira, translated by Roger Thomas. Part two Other identities: Kido Takayoshi and the Iwakura embassy, Sidney DeVere Brown; nationalism and the taming of Japan's early 20th-century press, James Huffman; fanning the flames or holding the blaze at bay?, Furono Inosuke and Japan's wartime press, Roger W. Purdy.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773473669
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 342
  • ID: 9780773473669
  • ISBN10: 0773473661

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