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a| 10.1525/9780520926844 2| doi
a| DE-B1597 b| eng c| DE-B1597 e| rda
a| cau c| US-CA
a| DS882 b| .T48 2002
a| HIS003000 2| bisacsh
a| Thomas, Julia Adeney, e| author. 4| aut 4| http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/aut
a| Reconfiguring Modernity : b| Concepts of Nature in Japanese Political Ideology / c| Julia Adeney Thomas.
a| Berkeley, CA : b| University of California Press, c| 
a| 1 online resource (254 pages)
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a| Twentieth Century Japan: The Emergence of a World Power ; v| 12
t| Frontmatter -- t| Contents -- t| Preface -- t| Acknowledgments -- t| Note on Transliteration -- t| 1. Introduction: The Trouble with Nature -- t| 2. The Topographical Imagination of Tokugawa Politics -- t| 3. Early Meiji's Contentious Natures -- t| 4. Katō Hiroyuki: Turning Nature into Time -- t| 5. Baba Tatsui: Natural Laws and Willful Natures -- t| 6. Ueki Emori: Singing the Body Electric -- t| 7. The Acculturation of Japanese Nature -- t| 8. Ultranational Nature: Dead Time and Dead Space -- t| 9. Conclusion: Natural Freedom -- t| Index
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a| Julia Adeney Thomas turns the concept of nature into a powerful analytical lens through which to view Japanese modernity, bringing the study of both Japanese history and political modernity to a new level of clarity. She shows that nature necessarily functions as a political concept and that changing ideas of nature's political authority were central during Japan's transformation from a semifeudal world to an industrializing colonial empire. In political documents from the nineteenth to the early twentieth century, nature was redefined, moving from the universal, spatial concept of the Tokugawa period, through temporal, social Darwinian ideas of inevitable progress and competitive struggle, to a celebration of Japan as a nation uniquely in harmony with nature. The so-called traditional "Japanese love of nature" masks modern state power.Thomas's theoretically sophisticated study rejects the supposition that modernity is the ideological antithesis of nature, overcoming the determinism of the physical environment through technology and liberating denatured subjects from the chains of biology and tradition. In making "nature" available as a critical term for political analysis, this book yields new insights into prewar Japan's failure to achieve liberal democracy, as well as an alternative means of understanding modernity and the position of non-Western nations within it.
a| Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
a| In English.
a| Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
a| Nature x| Effect of human beings on x| Japan.
a| Nature x| Effect of human beings on z| Japan.
a| HISTORY / Asia / General. 2| bisacsh
a| De Gruyter.
a| De Gruyter University Press Library.