New PDF release: Reconfiguring Modernity: Concepts of Nature in Japanese

By Julia Adeney Thomas

ISBN-10: 0520228545

ISBN-13: 9780520228542

Julia Adeney Thomas turns the concept that of nature right into a strong analytical lens during which to view eastern modernity, bringing the research of either jap historical past and political modernity to a brand new point of readability. She indicates that nature inevitably services as a political suggestion and that altering rules of nature's political authority have been relevant in the course of Japan's transformation from a semifeudal global to an industrializing colonial empire. In political files from the 19th to the early 20th century, nature used to be redefined, relocating from the common, spatial inspiration of the Tokugawa interval, via temporal, social Darwinian principles of inevitable development and aggressive fight, to a party of Japan as a state uniquely in concord with nature. The so-called conventional "Japanese love of nature" mask glossy nation power.

Thomas's theoretically subtle examine rejects the supposition that modernity is the ideological antithesis of nature, overcoming the determinism of the actual setting via know-how and releasing denatured matters from the chains of biology and culture. In making "nature" to be had as a serious time period for political research, this e-book yields new insights into prewar Japan's failure to accomplish liberal democracy, in addition to another technique of knowing modernity and the placement of non-Western countries inside of it.

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