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Mutsu Munemitsu and Identity Formation of the Individual and the State in Modern Japan

Japanese Studies v. 14

Edited by Louis G. Perez
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Jul 2001
Dimensions: h 235mm
ISBN-10: 0773473661
ISBN-13: 9780773473669
Barcode No: 9780773473669
Synopsis
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.

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